After two consecutive games where the defense struggled to keep teams within reach, the Coachella Valley Arabs rose to the occasion Friday night at home against Yucca Valley for a 41-23 win.
Coach Brett Davis said quarterback Armando Deniz started shaky with the intense pressure the Trojans brought, and losing two of his biggest weapons Romeo Martinez and Jacob Salazar for much of the game due to injury didn’t help. Still Deniz recovered to account for five touchdowns – three through the air and two on the ground.
With just four minutes left and the Trojans trying to make a comeback, the Arab defense forced a turnover, and Martinez begged Davis to come back in and finish the game off, which he did with a 30-yard run.
“It’s a huge boost for us, and it was tough getting our guys to believe,” Davis said. “It was huge for our confidence, especially with the guys we had out. We were a skeleton crew out there at the end, and nothing will pump us up more than a win like this.”
The Arabs play next Friday at home against Desert Hot Springs.
Desert Christian Academy 56, Bloomington Christian 29: Quarterback Wyatt Snellenberger led the charge for the Conquerors, who took down No. 7-ranked Bloomington Christian at home to ensure another boost in the polls come Monday.
The Conquerors play next on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Palm Valley.
Joshua Springs 68, Desert Chapel 0: The Eagles struggled to put up points again for their third Victory League loss of the season. No other results were reported.
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Desert Christian Academy 3, Palm Valley 0: The Conquerors cruised to a victory over the Firebirds 25-11, 25-8, 25-22 on Thursday.
Cami Frahmann led the team with 18 digs, while Rachel Todd had five kills and Keelan Rainone added seven aces.
West Shores 3, Borrego Springs 0: On senior night, Diana Campos collected 15 kills and 10 digs to lead West Shores to the 25-18, 25-15, 25-20 victory.
Also for West Shores, Alyssa Williams had 18 kills and Cruzzanna Hernandez had 20 assists.
West Shores (15-4, 4-0) travels to Vincent Memorial on Wednesday.
COD 3, San Bernardino Valley 0: Sophomore outside hitter Savannah Sharp (Palm Desert High) led the Roadrunners with 13 kills and five digs as COD won 25-17, 25-11, 25-21.
Sophomore setter Angelica Sayo (Xavier College Prep) led the team with 21 assists and had three digs. Also for COD, Shay Mesa (Shadow Hills) had five aces and five digs, Jade Adair had eight assists and one ace, Marisol Ruiz (Desert Mirage) added five kills and three aces, Hannah LaLiberte (La Quinta) finished with two blocks and four kills, while Kaylie Edgar (Palm Springs) had 13 digs.
COD (5-8, 1-1) hosts Palomar at 5 p.m., Wednesday.
Southwestern 3, COD 2: The Roadrunners lost to fall to 2-9-2 and 2-6-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.