With Shadow Hills joining the Desert Valley League this fall in all sports, football fans in the city of Indio and around the valley likely knew a new rivalry would soon be brewing.
But the Rajahs and Knights hope to take the clash on the field to the next level with the first annual Mayor’s Cup held Thursday evening at Shadow Hills High School. Like the other east valley rivalry in the Bell Game between Indio and Coachella Valley, those involved in planning the event hope to bring a “festival-like vibe” that Indio’s been known for in sports and concerts alike, according to a press release from Desert Sands School District.
The game’s coin toss will involve Indio mayor Glenn Miller and Oscar Lua, who played college football at USC and was drafted by the New England Patriots after his days with the Rajahs. The halftime show will feature both school bands.
After the final snap, Miller will present the winning team with the large traveling trophy.
Changes in the CIF polls
With big wins last Friday and Saturday, two local high school football teams moved into the CIF divisional polls released Monday, giving the valley four ranked squads.
La Quinta won its first Desert Valley League matchup of the season at Palm Springs 14-10 and moved into the No. 10 spot in Division 5. Last week, the Blackhawks were listed in the others-receiving-votes list. Desert Christian Academy dismantled Division 1 powerhouse Orcutt Academy on the road Saturday 48-20 and moved to No. 9 in Division 2 after making it to the others list a week ago.
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Both Rancho Mirage and Coachella Valley remain ranked as well before the two face off Friday at Rancho Mirage High School in a game that may decide the De Anza League title. The Rattlers fell from No. 3 to No. 5 in Division 12 after their 14-0 loss at San Jacinto on Friday, while the Arabs moved up from No. 8 to No. 7 in Division 11 while on bye.
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Little changed in the girls’ volleyball polls, with just Shadow Hills moving up or down. The Knights are now No. 8 in Division 6 after being on the others list a week ago. Palm Desert (Division 4) and Desert Christian Academy (Division 9) remain just outside the top 10 while picking up votes, while La Quinta (No. 2, Division 5) and Xavier Prep (No. 10, Division 5) remained stationary.
In boys’ water polo, Xavier Prep remains the valley’s only No. 1 ranked team after not falling in the Division 6 standings, despite a 12-4 loss to Palm Desert, who remains unranked in Division 4. La Quinta dropped from No. 6 to the other list in Division 4, despite a 16-4 win over Shadow Hills, who stayed No. 4 in Division 7, last week.
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In girls’ tennis, Rancho Mirage remains the only ranked team in the valley, and the Rattlers made a large jump in the Division 5 rankings from No. 9 to No. 3 after dominating wins over Desert Mirage, Big Bear and Twentynine Palms last week.
In cross country, the Xavier Prep boys’ team remains No. 10 in Division 5, while the girls’ squad fell from No. 6 to No. 7 in Division 5.
After missing their team’s first loss two weeks ago on the road at Rubidoux, Coachella Valley’s two big offensive contributors in running back Romeo Martinez and wide receiver Jacob Salazar will be back for Friday’s contest against Rancho Mirage.
In just four games, Martinez leads the valley with 852 yards rushing on 119 carries, averaging 213 yards per game. Salazar has amassed 440 yards through the air on 29 catches, sitting third in the valley behind teammate JJ Rodriguez (565 yards) and Palm Desert’s Brooks Stephenson (444 yards).