Cathedral City High School spoiled Indio’s homecoming night on Friday as the Lions rolled to a convincing 49-7 Desert Valley League victory.
Junior running back Orlando Wallace proved to be more than enough offense for the Lions (6-1) as he ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns — all in the first half. That led Cathedral City in both categories.
“We were better than them. We came out, got a big lead and sat the second half,” said Wallace, who set a personal record for touchdowns in a game. “My whole right side of the line was injured, so they were all subs tonight, but I still had confidence in them. I still thought they were gonna get the job done, and they did.
“That’s why I was able to score those four touchdowns,” he added. “It’s all up to them and I just have to be able to go off of what they do.”
For the Lions it was nice to have Wallace back after he sat out Cathedral City’s only loss of the season last week against Palm Desert.
“It was nice to have (Wallace) back, but he’s that type of a back, he takes care of business, he gets to the edge, good inside running, good outside running,” Cathedral City head coach Richard Lee said.
“So it was good to have him back and have him get into the flow of a game, and it was nice for our offensive line to work with him, too,” Lee added.
Indio (0-7) had a couple of bright spots on the night.
Against the Cathedral City first-string offense, senior linebacker Eduardo Alejos sacked Cathedral City quarterback Davin Lile for a three-yard loss late in the second quarter.
And the Rajahs’ lone score came on a 28-yard pass from freshman quarterback Seth Morales — who was promoted from the freshmen squad this week — to Isaiah Luna in the final period.
“We’re a young football team, and as a coaching staff, I just have to get them better prepared, because we are young and there’s going to be some bumps and bruises,” Indio head coach George Thomas said. “A third of my team is sophomores … it’s going to take a little while because we’re young.”
Because of the lopsided score, the Lions never needed to take to the air, with Lile only completing one of two attempts for eight yards.
Morales didn’t have a bad night on his first varsity start, completing three of nine passes for 51 yards and a touchdown, although he was intercepted once.
Cathedral City visits Coachella Valley next Friday, while Indio travels to Palm Desert.