A look at this week's high school football games

A look at this week's high school football games

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A look at this week's high school football games

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CATHEDRAL CITY (3-0) AT DESERT MIRAGE (0-4)

All you need: Desert Mirage is off to a rough start and it won’t get any easier against arguably the hottest team in the valley. Cathedral City has outscored opponents 139-40 on the year and boasts the best rushing attack in the Desert Valley League, averaging 332 yards per game on the ground. The Rams will need to force the Lions to beat them through the air, which won’t be easy. Pick: Cathedral City

REDLANDS (1-3) AT PALM SPRINGS (3-1)

All you need: Redlands will return to the desert for the second time in as many weeks, and may be able to squeeze out another win, this time against a hobbled Palm Springs squad. The Indians have multiple starters with various injuries, which could help determine the outcome. Redlands rushed for 347 yards against Palm Desert, and running backs Zack Lindsey and Anthony Graziano will certainly test the Indians on the ground. Pick: Redlands

LA QUINTA (2-1) AT ROOSEVELT (3-1)

All you need: Roosevelt quarterback Joseph Muriel has thrown for 1,041 yards and 16 touchdowns in four games and will keep La Quinta’s secondary on its toes. But the most pressing issue facing the Blackhawks is their mental meltdown last week against Temescal Canyon. La Quinta has proven it can win on the road, but needs to put together a full four-quarter performance to win this one. Roosevelt is a better team than Temescal Canyon. Pick: Roosevelt

Location: 7447 Scholar Way, Eastvale

PALM DESERT (1-3) AT SAN JACINTO (2-2)

All you need: San Jacinto has a steady, balanced offensive attack with quarterback P.J. Murrieta and running back Mario Rubio, who provide the bulk of the offense. That could prove troublesome for a young Palm Desert defense that is trying to find its way. But the Tigers will have to deal with the combination of Kyle Kabeary and Trae Riek, who have exploded on occasion this year and are due for another big offensive outburst. Pick: Palm Desert

Location: 500 Idyllwild Drive, San Jacinto

CALEXICO (3-1) AT COACHELLA VALLEY (2-1)

All you need: The Arabs are 7-3 in their last 10 meetings with Calexico, yet none of the players on the current roster have been a part of those wins. The last time Coachella Valley beat the Bulldogs, the seniors on this team were freshmen. Stopping running back Alberto Valdez will be the top priority for the CV defense in what will be their first home game of the season. Expect a big crowd. Pick: Coachella Valley

YUCCA VALLEY (3-0) AT INDIO (0-3)

All you need: Yucca Valley is off to its best start in more than a decade while Indio continues to struggle. The encouraging part is that Indio did gain some offensive momentum last Friday against San Jacinto. Still, Yucca Valley running back Logan Vallo has racked up 477 yards rushing in three games and the Rajahs will need to contain him to have any chance of pulling the upset. Pick: Yucca Valley

ST. MONICA (1-3) AT XAVIER PREP (2-2)

All you need: The most important number to consider in this one might be two. That’s roughly how many hours St. Monica will be on its team bus before kickoff, putting them at an immediate disadvantage. The Mariners will then be exposed to one of the top offensive teams they’ve faced this year. Rex Rover is the most prolific passer in the valley so far and should have the support of an emerging run game that will be on display in this one. Pick: Xavier Prep

SHADOW HILLS (2-2) AT BANNING (1-3)

All you need: After an emotionally charged double-overtime loss at home last Friday, the Knights should be able to bounce back quickly. Banning won its first game of the season last Friday, but has regressed dramatically from the 11-win team the Broncos had last year. Shadow Hills doesn’t have much of a passing attack, but it does have a dynamic rushing game that should again roll. Isaiah Ortega-Dage scored six times last week. What will he do for an encore? Pick: Shadow Hills

Location: 100 W Westward Street, Banning

DESERT CHAPEL (3-0) AT DESERT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (3-0)

All you need: The clash of the desert eight-man titans should provide plenty of offense and a decent-sized crowd for what could be one of the games to watch this season in the valley. Desert Chapel has outscored opponents 194-22, while the Conquerors have won each of their games by at least 20 points. The matchup to watch will be Desert Chapel’s defense, led by Roman Pellum, against the DCA offense, led by star quarterback Hunter Hurja. Pick: Desert Chapel

NOLI INDIAN (3-0) AT PALM VALLEY (0-3)

Game time: 10:30 a.m. Saturday

All you need: As difficult as it has been for the Firebirds to put points on the board this year, it’s their defense that is the most troubling. They have allowed 56 points per game in three losses, and will be tested again this Friday against an offense featuring Sadiq Kabeer, who has rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns in three wins for Noli Indian. Jeremy Briones has also rushed for six scores, and the pair should cause Palm Valley a lot of trouble as it attempts to get back on track and collect its first win. Pick: Noli Indian

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