It wasn’t a good night at all for the desert’s high school football teams. All five squads in action lost: La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Shadow Hills and Desert Christian Academy.
As I covered La Quinta’s 27-14 defeat to Colony, I kept refreshing The Desert Sun sports’ Twitter account to see if any other teams were faring better. But none were. Palm Springs and Shadow Hills couldn’t score, while Palm Desert and Desert Christian Academy couldn’t stop their opponents. La Quinta had its chances, but it couldn’t finish off several drives or stop Colony running Samajie Grant, who has verbally committed to Arizona
It was just one of those years for football in the desert, just like those times when there are no franchise quarterbacks available in the NFL draft. For the first time since 1997, no DVL teams advanced to the second round.
Would it have made a difference if the DVL had played in the Eastern Division this year? I don’t think so. While the Central Division may have more depth, the Eastern Division still features tough teams such as top seed Citrus Hill and second seed Carter (Rialto). At the start of the season, several Eastern Division playoff teams beat DVL teams (Rialto over La Quinta, San Jacinto over Palm Desert).
I’m certain the DVL will bounce back next year considering its recent history. Since 2000, the league has had a team advance to a CIF championship game eight times.
Fortunately, there will be a winning playoff team from the desert Saturday. That’s because Marywood-Palm Valley hosts Desert Chapel.