After their 38-29 road victory over Kaiser Friday night, the Palm Springs football players thought they’d just won their first game of the season. They learned Saturday, though, that it was their second.
Indians coach Dan Murphy found out earlier in the week that Redlands, who had hosted and beaten Palm Springs 42-7 in the opening week of the season, had played two ineligible players, therefore being forced to forfeit the win. Murphy waited to tell his players until Saturday after their win over Kaiser. With the change, the Indians now have a 2-2 record heading into Desert Valley League play this Friday at Indio.
With the new playoff rules this year, where only the league winner gets an automatic berth into the postseason, Murphy said he’s uncertain how the development will affect the Indians’ playoff hopes. After recent success the past two seasons, the team was slated into the 19-team Division 4 this season, where 16 teams make the playoffs.
CIF football polls released, Arabs hop into No. 1 spot
Despite the team’s disappointment in how close their 34-27 victory over Indio in last Friday’s Bell Game was, the Coachella Valley football team was bumped up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest Division 11 poll the CIF Southern Section released Monday. They continue to remain the only undefeated team in the valley at 4-0, but they face a tough task in traveling to Division 10 No. 2 Rubidoux on Friday.
Rancho Mirage remained stationary in this week’s poll at No. 4 in Division 12 after trouncing Palm Desert 52-0 at home. La Quinta hopped into the “others” category this week in Division 5, putting them unofficially 13th out of 22 teams, while Palm Springs did the same, leaving them 14th out of 19. Palm Desert fell out of the “others” category in Division 9 completely after their loss to the Rattlers.
Changes in latest volleyball, water polo, tennis, cross country rankings
After their DVL-opening home loss to rival La Quinta last Tuesday, Palm Desert fell from No. 8 out of the Division 4 volleyball rankings. With that win, coupled with a loss to Shadow Hills on Thursday, La Quinta moved up from the “others” list in Division 5 to No. 3. Xavier Prep also moved up a spot in Division 5 from No. 7 to No. 6 after a five-set win over Palm Springs.
In the first boys’ water polo poll of the season, Palm Desert came in at No. 10 in Division 4, with Xavier Prep at No. 2 in Division 6. After no local teams made the cut in last week’s first girls’ tennis poll of the fall, the Rancho Mirage Rattlers came in at No. 7 in Division 5 this week.
In cross country, the Xavier Prep boys and girls teams remain the only ranked teams in the valley, with both teams moving up one spot this week. The boys are now No. 8 in Division 5, while the girls are No. 7 in Division 5 before the season’s first Desert Valley League meet on Wednesday hosted by the Saints.