La Quinta beat Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Cathedral City and Shadow Hills rolled, and Xavier Prep had the week off. So there isn’t much movement in this week’s power rankings shuffle. It is getting interesting, though. Teams are starting to clinch playoff berths and league titles are still up for grabs.
As always, we’ve included a brief explanation of the rankings at the bottom of this post. Again, we’ve spoken to several coaches who have offered feedback as to which teams are playing the best right now. They’ve helped us gauge the importance of each win and the quality of wins each team has accumulated.
With that, here’s the breakdown in our latest Power Rankings.
1. La Quinta (6-2) — Beat three-time DVL champs convincingly Friday.
2. Palm Desert (4-4) — Clinched a playoff spot with third consecutive win.
3. Cathedral City (7-1) — Quietly still in the mix for the DVL title.
4. Palm Springs (5-3) — After loss, best Indians can finish in DVL is third.
5. Xavier Prep (5-3) — Another win has Saints close to elusive playoff berth.
6. Shadow Hills (5-3) — Game at Big Bear could be for De Anza title.
7. Coachella Valley (3-5) — Four consecutive losses have Arabs reeling.
8. Desert Hot Springs (1-7) — Winning out could equal playoffs for DHS.
9. Indio (0-8) — Rajahs allowed 56 first half points last Friday.
10. Desert Mirage (0-8) — Has scored in double digits in just two games.
The only real movement is Palm Springs, which lost to La Quinta yet remains in the top four. According to calpreps.com and the CIF-SS poll, the Indians are the No. 2 ranked team in the DVL, though that may be based upon reputation. With losses to La Quinta, Palm Desert and the way Cathedral City has been playing, Palm Springs comes in just outside the top three. In league-play, the top three teams are 8-1. Palm Springs is just 1-2. That matters.
Give the Indians a lot of credit, though. I was impressed with how hard they played Friday; they just couldn’t generate much momentum on either side of the ball. Still, Palm Springs is a team that should come back with a vengeance and finish the season strong.
La Quinta at Cathedral City will be the Game of the Week. The Lions will need to stop the run to have any chance, but I like Cathedral City’s team. The Lions have been solid running the ball this year and have some athletes that will certainly make the game interesting. Quarterback Davin Lile is the most efficient quarterback in the valley and Cathedral City should be able to hold its own on offense.
The Aztecs are playing as well as anyone right now and have locked up a playoff spot and a top-three DVL finish. They have two games to win, but the DVL title is still up for grabs.
Xavier Prep has a dangerous offense and the defense is coming around. The Saints transition into the DVL next year and appear to be in good shape. A playoff berth is still very much a possibility.
Shadow Hills could either be out of the playoffs or win the De Anza League title, depending on how these next two games go. The Knights travel to Big Bear Saturday to play in what should be 50-degree temperatures.
Coachella Valley wanted a piece of Palm Desert when the season started, and now they have it. Stopping the Palm Desert offense will not bea easy, though the Arabs have the game at home and can play the spolier role. That would be a huge win for the Arabs, though their playoff hopes have been dashed.
Desert Hot Springs still has a chance for the playoffs, but both games will be tough. I’m not sure who would win a game between Indio and Desert Mirage, but Indio’s Ryan Reyes gives the Arabs the edge.
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