Now into the fifth week of the high school football season, two of our sports reporters are back with their weekly predictions. Prep sports reporter Nathan Brown has been more accurate with his picks, going 30-12 with his predictions through the first four weeks. Take sport reporter Andrew John’s picks with a grain of salt. He’s 28-14, but tends to look for the upset pick a little too often.
This week, our two reporters disagree on five games. Brown is picking La Quinta to travel to Roosevelt and emerge with a win. John sees it as a close game, but is giving Roosevelt the slight edge. That’s a tough one to call.
Our two reporters are also split on Shadow Hills at Cathedral City. The Knights (3-1) have arguably been the better team thus far, but how much of a difference will the return of Lions (1-3) quarterback Cameron Lee have on the outcome?
Both of our reporters do see Coachella Valley (4-0) traveling to Riverside to defeat unbeaten Rubidoux in what should be the Arabs’ toughest test of the year. CV may be the underdog in that matchup. The Arabs are No. 1 in Division 11; Rubidoux is No. 2 in Division 10.
It’s anyone’s guess who will win some of these games, but one thing appears to be certain: this week should provide football fans plenty of quality game options Friday evening.
Here are our picks for the week:
Shadow Hills at Cathedral City
Andrew’s pick: Cathedral City, 21-20
Nathan’s pick: Shadow Hills, 35-21
Palm Desert at Xavier Prep
Andrew’s pick: Xavier Prep 21-14
Nathan’s pick: Xavier Prep, 31-17
Coachella Valley at Rubidoux
Andrew’s pick: Coachella Valley, 35-27
Nathan’s pick: Coachella Valley, 38-28
Palm Springs at Indio
Andrew’s pick: Palm Springs, 28-14
Nathan’s pick: Palm Springs, 35-14
La Quinta at Roosevelt
Andrew’s pick: Roosevelt, 28-21
Nathan’s pick: La Quinta, 31-24
Calexico at Desert Mirage
Andrew’s pick: Calexico, 28-7
Nathan’s pick: Calexico, 35-14
Beaumont at Desert Hot Springs
Andrew’s pick: Desert Hot Springs, 21-17
Nathan’s pick: Beaumont, 27-17
Desert Christian Academy at Mojave
Andrew’s pick: Mojave, 42-24
Nathan’s pick: Mojave, 49-31
Foothills Christian at Desert Chapel
Andrew’s pick: Desert Chapel, 24-20
Nathan’s pick: Foothills Christian, 34-17
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