After countless hours of preparation, practice and performance, all that’s left now is to wait.
The regular season in high school football concluded Friday night after 10 games and with new CIF rules eliminating many automatic playoff bids and placing the postseason hopes into a computer model and math formula, some valley teams will need to wait until Sunday morning to find out if they make the playoffs.
Here are the scores and results from the final week of Friday Night Lights:
Cat City 14, La Quinta 62: The DVL champs celebrated Homecoming with a solid win behind 4 Benji Cordova scores and 2 Justin Anderson touchdowns. They finish the season at 7-3 and a perfect 6-0 record in the league. As the league champion, they are guaranteed a playoff spot under the new rules. Jordan Wallace was responsible for the two scores for the Lions, running for one and passing the other to Timothy Miller.
Shadow Hills 23, Xavier Prep 42: If this were last year, Shadow Hills would be a playoff team as they finished 3rd in the DVL, an impressive feat given it’s their first year in the league. But with the new rule changes, the Knights are on the playoff bubble and really needed a win to bolster their chances in Division 10. Losing to Saints can’t help their playoff hopes, but they certainly still have a chance. Scott Rissman caught a pass from Seth Morales and Kaleb Welmas rushed for a score as well. But the Knights couldn’t keep up with the Saints as Michael Johnson went out with a huge night, throwing 3 scores and Chandler Barbato caught two of those passed and added a third score on the ground.
Indio 17, Palm Desert 20 (OT): It was the last game of the season for both the Rajahs and Aztecs, so it’s easy to understand they didn’t want to leave the field. This game was decided in overtime and it went to Palm Desert.
DE ANZA LEAGUE SCORES:
Rancho Mirage 45, Desert Hot Springs 7: The Rattlers clinched their first-ever De Anza League title behind a dominating performance on the road. Kyle Whitefield scored 3 times while Gabe Maldonando added another two and the Rattlers continue their impressive roll. The Rattlers won more games than any other team in the area this year with an 8-2 record.
Desert Mirage 7, Coachella Valley 42: The Mighty Arabs will away their playoff fate, but with a BIG win in the Date Bowl, they’ve done all they can to change the landscape of Arabs football and make a deep playoff run. Romeo Martinez, the bell cow for CV all year earned our Player of the Week honors with two touchdowns and Armando Deniz added his usual hat trick of scores, throwing two and rushing for a third. The Arabs finish with a 7-3 record.
For an in depth look at the new CIF Rule Change, CLICK HERE.