In the final week on non-league play, we had plenty of exciting action and impressive performances from our local athletes and favorite teams.
Thursday Night Games:
Aquinas 47, Xavier Prep 27: The Saints battled in their home opener, behind 3 touchdowns from quarterback Michael Johnson, but Falcons running back Branden Rankins scored 6 rushing touchdowns en route to the Aquinas win.
Palm Desert 0, Rancho Mirage 52: David Talley notched 2 touchdowns and Kyle Whitefield finished with 3 scores, 148 yards on 12 carries in the Rattlers home win.
Indio 27, Coachella Valley 34: The annual Bell Game packed the stands and did not disappoint fans in attendance. The Arabs remain the only unbeaten team in the valley, but the Rajahs threw them into a nail biter of a game. Arabs back Romeo Martinez finished with 3 touchdowns in CV’s 5 straight Bell win. Meanwhile, Indio’s offense was working behind 2 touchdowns from Isaac Brown.
Hemet 14, Shadow Hills 26: Lee Hawkins and Seth Morales led the Knights offense while Kaleb Welmas once again collected an interception in the Knights complete team victory. They open DVL play next week at Cathedral City.
Palm Springs 38, Kaiser 29: The Indians notched their first "official" win of the season behind 5 scores from Jeremy Dotson. This is technically the second win of the season as Redlands had to forfeit their Week 0 win. They open league play at Indio.
Cathedral City 29, Tahquitz 13: The Lions earned their first win of the year behind a solid performance. They scored first and never trailed in the game. They host Shadow Hills for the league opener.
La Quinta 14, St. Bonaventure 35: The Blackhawks took the drive to Ventura for their annual battle against one of the most consistent teams in Southern California. They’ll be on the road against Roosevelt next week before beginning league play.
DE ANZA LEAGUE SCORES:
Rim of the World 20, DHSHS 13: The Golden Eagles saw scores come off the board due to penalties and injuries impact the game, they move to 0-4.
Palo Verde 30, Desert Mirage 24: The Rams still in search for their first win of the season, but their offense got rolling late in this game. They’ll be at Calexico next week.