Three weeks into the season and there’s only one undefeated team left in the valley — the Coachella Valley Arabs.
The Arabs won their third consecutive game — all on the road — with a convincing 28-10 victory over Central of El Centro on Friday.
Coachella Valley scored all 28 of its points in the first half, leading 28-7 at the break. Fumbles deep in Central territory kept them off the scoreboard in the second half, but the game was already in hand.
“Three and oh, you can’t do better than that, and with all of them on the road, that’s a nice part of it too,” coach Brett Davis said. “I was real proud of the defense tonight. They handled that triple option of Central real well and that was big for us.”
Quarterback Armando Deniz continued his sizzling start with three touchdown passes, two to J.J. Rodriguez and one to Jacob Salazar. Running back Romeo Martinez bulldozed his way in for the other score.
The Arabs (3-0) finally play their first home game on Friday, and wouldn’t you know it’s the Victory Bell Game against Indio. Remember that the two rivals are not in the same league this year, so their game is coming earlier on the calendar than usual.
Davis said his team is excited to finally play in front of the home fans.
“Heck yeah, we can’t wait to play at home,” he said. “Looking forward to dusting off those green jerseys.”
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Desert Chapel 58, Cornerstone Christian 20: If a play is working, don’t stop running it until they can stop it was the philosophy used by the Eagles in Friday’s win.
Stellar offensive line play and the hard running of Chris Cain led to an easy win as King rushed for a whopping 318 yards and seven touchdowns. Dylan Foli added a 28-yard touchdown run and Joey Spoedler and Matthew Sutton each had interceptions for the Eagles.
“When the players are doing their job and the line is playing great, there’s no reason not to keep running the same play and that’s pretty much what we did,” coach Jim Donaldson said. “Chris was carrying out the runs and it worked.”
Desert Chapel (1-1) hosts Lucerne Valley on Thursday night this upcoming week.
Yucaipa 56, Palm Desert 0: Not much positive to report from the Aztecs’ first road game. Palm Desert (1-2) will return to the desert but stay on the road when it travels to Rancho Mirage on Thursday.
Holtville 51, Desert Mirage 0: The tough start to the season continued for the Rams, but head coach Jeff Tebelak was proud of the team’s effort in the loss.
“We’re young, lot of inexperience but the kids keep giving me their best effort and that’s all I can ask,” he said. “They played with heart and it’s our job to get better every week.
Desert Mirage (0-3) hosts Palo Verde Valley on Friday.
NuView Bridge 3, Palm Valley 0: Shasta Stone led the way for the Firebirds with 11 kills.
Vista Murrieta 220, La Quinta 253: The Blackhawks were led by Mariah Moon with a 39 and Avalon Woodward with a 41 at the La Quinta Resort Dunes Course. Jourdan Flynn added a 54. La Quinta is now 2-2 and plays Monday at Vista Murrieta.
Rancho Mirage 16 Shadow Hills 2: With an all-around team effort the Rattlers beat Shadow Hills. Singles wins were posted by Tatiana Harvey, Alondra Ponce, Kyla Eaton, Zoe Kolytiris and Eve Kolytiris. Doubles victories were earned by Allegra Erickson/Karla Munoz, Antonella Mazzoti/Melanie Ramos, Ava Descalzo/Tia Kolytiris, Perla Renteria/Laronjane Curtis and Emily Garcia/Geovana Garcia.
COD cross country
Women: The Roadrunners finished ninth in the Palomar Invitational on Friday. The team was led by freshman Lena Saucedo in 23 minutes, 8 seconds in 44th place. She was followed by Kenia Lucero (25:25, 58th) and Maria Cruz Cuevas (25:44, 59th).
Men: The men’s team finished in 13th place as a team and was led by Adrian Felix who finished 50th overall with a time of 23:20. Jakan Larssen finished 89th at 24:55 and Bryan Meyers came in with a time of 25:37 for the four-mile race.
The women and men next race at the Golden West Central Park Classic in Huntington Beach on Sept. 23.