For years, we’ve compiled our annual All-Desert Sun football team, which is released at the end of every season and consists of the best players throughout the valley on both offense and defense.
New to the sports blog this year will be a weekly All-Desert Sun watch list, comprised of the top players at their position. The list will change weekly, depending on which players are performing at the highest level.
This week, we unveil our first glimpse. Check back every Tuesday for updates.
QB William Olvera
Palm Springs, 5’9 165, Soph.
In two wins, Olvera has racked up 379 yards and 8 TDs of total offense.
RB Trae Riek
Palm Desert, 5’11 200, Sr.
Exploded for 183 yards rushing and four TDs against Shadow Hills.
RB Orlando Wallace
Cathedral City, 5’11 185, Jr.
Destroyed Banning for 164 yards and a pair of TDs in his season debut.
WR Daniel Stabile
Xavier Prep, 5’8 150, Jr.
Speedster has 12 catches for 161 yards and two scores for the new-look Saints.
WR Riley Hagar
Palm Springs, 6’2 180, Jr.
Olvera’s top target, Hagar has caught six passes for 139 yards and two TDs.
WR Reinaldo Periera
Palm Springs, 5’8 160, Sr.
A running and receiving threat, Periera has 156 yards and 3 TDs of total offense.
OL Angel Gloria
Coachella Valley, 6’0 225, Sr.
Gloria, a two-way starter, is a big reason the run game stumped West Valley.
OL Eduardo Arizmendi
Palm Springs, 6’3 225, Sr.
The captain of the line has been a catalyst for the Indians’ early success.
OL Ben Simonds
La Quinta, 6’4 260, Sr.
With multiple D-I offers, Simonds is the best lineman in the valley.
OL Jake Meyer
Palm Desert, 6’2 245, Sr.
Riek can thank a line led by Meyer for opening holes this year.
OL Jamal Holdman
Cathedral City, 6’2 255, Sr.
The tough two-way starter leads the Lions in the trenches.
K Jorge Benitez-Gonzalez
Palm Springs, 5’9 170, Sr.
The former soccer player is 10-of-11 on PATs and made a 31-yard field goal.
DL Bobby Orrellano
La Quinta, 6’0 250, Jr.
All-DVL lineman is the heart of the La Quinta defensive front seven.
DL Moises Hernandez
Shadow Hills, 6’0 235, Sr.
Displays dangerous strength and speed on offensive and defensive line.
DL Jake Ashton
Xavier Prep, 6’4 205, Sr.
Quick, versatile speed rusher is also a big target on offense.
LB Hiram Rodriguez
Shadow Hills, 6’3 200, Sr.
Standout two-way player is the Knights top athlete this year.
LB Tate Oligney
Palm Desert, 6’1 215, Sr.
Aztecs’ leading tackler and a versatile pass-catching tight end.
LB Chance Spates
Palm Springs, 6’0 215, Sr.
Undisputed leader and leading tackler for the defending DVL champs.
LB Aaron Lomboy
Cathedral City, 5’10 195, Sr.
Two-way star is the quickest player to the ball in the entire valley.
DB Tayler Hawkins
Palm Springs, 6’1 175, Soph.
Two-way star returned a fumble and a punt for TDs against Pacific.
DB Patrick Lucas
La Quinta, 6’0 180, Sr.
Shutdown cornerback returned a fumble for a TD and had an INT in season debut.
DB Mark Giron
Desert Hot Springs, 6’0 190, Sr.
Elusive athlete has six catches and returned a fumble 40 yards for a TD.
DB Kyle Kabeary
Palm Desert, 5’11 180, Sr.
One of the top QBs in the valley has also returned a pick 75 yards for a TD.
RS James Rodriguez
Cathedral City, 5’10 180, Sr.
Four return TDs in 2012, 70 yards on just two offensive touches in 2013.