All-Desert Sun First Team
William Olvera – Palm Springs | Senior | Quarterback
A four-year starter for the Indians, Olvera nearly mirrored his storied season of a year ago, despite playing two fewer games, and was named this season’s DVL Offensive Player of the Year. While leading his team to an undefeated regular season in defense of Palm Springs’ CIF title, Olvera threw for 2,931 yards and 37 touchdowns with just six interceptions, completing nearly 69 percent of his throws while rushing for two more touchdowns.
Beau Berryhill – Palm Desert | Senior | Running back
The leading rusher in the valley this season, Berryhill ran for 1,909 yards and 20 touchdowns as the most important piece of the Aztecs’ semifinal run this season. The senior rarely – if ever – came off the field while also playing a pivotal role on Palm Desert’s defense as one of the hardest hitters in any secondary. He also grabbed three interceptions.
Tony Williams – Shadow Hills | Senior | Running back
Despite opponents being able to key in on the Knights’ big-play threat on the ground, the 2014 All-CIF performer still managed to rush for 1,235 yards and a valley-leading 20 scores on the ground. The senior’s signature moment of the season came in the second quarter of a game against Yucca Valley, where he scored touchdowns on five consecutive rushes, totaling 185 yards.
Benji Cordova – La Quinta | Junior | Running back
After a slow start to the season riddled with extremely tough opponents and a slew of injuries, Cordova led the Blackhawks’ charge to a deep playoff run, averaging nearly 220 yards/game in his final five contests while scoring 10 touchdowns over the span. He finished the season with 1,373 yards and 12 scores and will return as arguably the most electrifying player in the valley next season.
Tayler Hawkins – Palm Springs | Senior | Wide Receiver
Arguably the most dominating player in all three phases of the game this season, Hawkins was Olvera’s most trusty receiver, compiling 61 catches for 1,000 yards and 14 scores through the air, with one more on the ground. On defense in the secondary, he amassed 61 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble recovery. In the rare moments the Indians were forced to punt, Hawkins was the most dangerous punter in the valley, landing a third of his inside the 20. He returned three punts for scores as well.
Justin Anderson – La Quinta | Junior | Wide Receiver
Anderson provided a program used to dominating solely through the rushing game with another dimension as a deep-play threat. Even while having to adjust to a new quarterback part-way through the season, the junior wideout still hauled in 56 catches for 914 yards and seven touchdowns, while also dabbling as a passing option with a great arm.
Jonnathan Avila-Burgueno – Rancho Mirage | Junior | Offensive Line
Avila-Burgueno was one of two Rattlers named to the All-De Anza League First Team on offense as one of the most dominant linemen in the league. He helped pave the way for one of the valley’s most potent rushing attacks and has Division I scholarship potential as a junior.
Richard Armada – Palm Desert | Senior | Offensive Line
One of four Palm Desert linemen to make the All-DVL First Team, Armada played a huge role on arguably the most dominant offensive line in the valley this season, paving the way for Beau Berryhill’s nearly 2,000 yards rushing. Armada also excelled on defense, recording 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks and recovering a fumble.
Adrian Olvera – Palm Springs | Senior | Offensive Line
Olvera played a major role at providing his cousin, William, plenty of time to throw the ball and amass nearly 3,000 yards this season. The senior two-way lineman was a member of the All-DVL first team on the offensive line and was also a captain for the DVL champs this season.
William Watson – Desert Hot Springs | Senior | Offensive Line
Watson was named All-De Anza League First Team on the offensive line, but was a physical force on both sides of the ball. The senior led the Golden Eagles with 70 tackles and also grabbed one sack while forcing two fumbles for the resurgent DHS squad.
Nick Hernandez – Coachella Valley | Junior | Offensive Line
Hernandez was named to the All-DVL First Team as the only junior offensive lineman. While playing mainly on the offensive line, Hernandez was the key to Arab QB Darius Hulsey getting enough time to sit in the pocket and find his receivers in their run-and-shoot offense.
Daniel Whelan – Rancho Mirage | Junior | Kicker
In his first year as a kicker, the junior knocked 53 of his 64 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, while nailing 42 of 43 extra-point attempts. Whelan connected on a season-long field goal of 52 yards while making 12-of-20. Why was he not more accurate? His long range propelled the Rattlers to try numerous field goals from 45 yards or more – which some teams wouldn’t ever dream of.
Jackson Lindley – Xavier Prep | Senior | Punter
Lindley was the lone Saints player named to the All-DVL First Team this season as the league’s top punter. The senior averaged 38.2 yards per kick, while landing five inside the 20-yard line, and a season-long of 64 yards.
Franklin Miller – Palm Springs | Senior | Specialist
Although Miller only played in six full games plus the first half against La Quinta before suffering an ACL tear, the senior captain and former All-CIF performer still managed to account for nine total touchdowns on offense, while forcing and recovering one fumble and grabbing two interceptions. Miller, paired with Tayler Hawkins, was also the other half of the most potent return team in the valley.
Robbie Polimeni — La Quinta | Senior | Defensive Line
A two-way starter, Polimeni was one of just three players to earn First Team All-Desert Valley League honors on both offense and defense. At 6-foot-2 and nearly 265 pounds, he was an absolute load on the line, captaining a team that reached the Eastern Division semifinals for the second year in a row. He was an All-CIF selection in 2014.
Will Emmett — Palm Desert | Senior | Defensive Line
Emmett was a two-way starter for three seasons, earning All-DVL distinction the last two years. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound pass rusher recorded 41 tackles, seven for loss, and 4.5 sacks in nine games, often being double-teamed. Among the strongest players in the valley, he was one of the driving forces behind Palm Desert’s run to the Eastern Division semifinals.
Tyler Hawkins — Palm Springs | Senior | Defensive Line
At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds and with supreme athleticism, Hawkins was nearly unblockable as a pass rusher in 2015. An All-DVL selection, he compiled 61 tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced a fumble on defense, and was perhaps the best special teams blocker in the valley. He has a scholarship offer from San Jose State, among others, and should have more by signing day.
Jesus Angel — Desert Mirage | Senior | Linebacker
Few players, if any, were more valuable to their teams than Angel was to his in 2015. At 6-foot and 235 pounds, the Rams linebacker led the valley in tackles with 145, added three quarterback sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery, and four forced fumbles. He was often a man among boys, rushing for 1,124 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games as a two-way starter.
Tommy Jacobsson — Palm Desert | Senior | Linebacker
A year after missing most of his junior season with a sprained meniscus, Jacobsson returned to help lead the Aztecs to their best season since 2008. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Division I recruit earned all-league First Team honors on offense (tight end), defense and special teams (kicker), recording 98 tackles, 13 for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery on defense.
Brian Mello — La Quinta | Senior | Linebacker
A two-time First Team All-Desert Valley League selection, Mello helped captain the Blackhawks from 0-5 to the division semifinals, starting at fullback and linebacker. An old-school throwback, Mello punished opposing players with his physicality, which ultimately resulted in him being knocked him out for the season and earning him a reputation as a devastating bruiser.
Miguel Fabian — Indio | Senior | Linebacker
Fabian was another of the most valuable players in the Coachella Valley, starting on both sides of the ball as a captain at Indio. A physical tackler, he was second in the valley in tackles (116), adding 10 for loss, to go with a pair of sacks. He also forced five fumbles and recovered two while leading Indio in rushing with 539 yards and seven touchdowns.
Joe Caridi — Palm Desert | Senior | Linebacker
The 6-foot, 195-pound Caridi moved to the middle linebacker slot this year and was instantly electric. A quick defender who packs a punch, he recorded an Eastern Division-leading 14 sacks, and hurried opposing quarterbacks 15 other times. Caridi became an unsung hero during a stretch of seven wins in eight games, and finished with 75 tackles, 12 for loss, and two fumble recoveries.
Steven Knight — Rancho Mirage | Senior | Defensive Back
The Rattlers had one of the better defenses in the valley this year, and Knight was perhaps their biggest defensive playmaker. His 43 tackles appear modest compared to the big, hammering stops he routinely made. Knight had a pair of interceptions, four fumble recoveries, a blocked field goal and scored eight touchdowns as a multi-purpose athlete on offense.
Trenton Thompson — Palm Springs | Senior | Defensive Back
A Division I recruit with seven offers, Thompson appeared to play on a different level than most of his opponents for a chunk of the year. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety made 62 tackles, intercepted a pass for 38 yards, caused a pair of fumbles and blocked five kicks in 10 games. On offense, he caught three touchdown passes before battling an injury late in the year.
Dakota Romero — Palm Desert | Senior | Defensive Back
Romero intercepted five passes and recovered a fumble, playing both safety and cornerback for the Aztecs. A rangy athlete, Romero was an all-around contributor for Palm Desert, leading the Aztecs in receiving yards (478) while hauling in five touchdown passes after not playing as a junior. Romero’s biggest games came in Palm Desert’s three in the postseason.
All-Desert Sun Second Team
QB, Marquis Prior, soph., Rancho Mirage
RB, Kyle Whitefield, jr., Rancho Mirage
RB, Joshua Barlow, jr., Palm Springs
WR, Jahi Martindale, sr., Desert Hot Springs
WR, Noah McGuire, sr., Palm Springs
WR, Jacob Salazar, jr., Coachella Valley
OL, Jordan Saman, sr., Palm Desert
OL, Isaac Gutierrez, sr., Shadow Hills
OL, Michael Garrett, sr., La Quinta
OL, Mario Gonzalez, jr., Cathedral City
OL, Nathan Ongalibang, jr., Desert Hot Springs
DL, David Mares, sr., Rancho Mirage
DL, Anthony Fabela, sr., Palm Desert
DL, Travis O’Brien, jr., Rancho Mirage
LB, Jonathan Hamilton, sr., Coachella Valley
LB, Brian Morales, jr., Palm Springs
LB, Israel Durant, sr., Shadow Hills
LB, Kevin Munoz, jr., Shadow Hills
DB, Melvin Harmon, sr., Desert Mirage
DB, Juan Rodriguez, sr., Coachella Valley
DB, Fernando Meza, sr., Indio
DB, Derwin Johnson, sr., Shadow Hills
Palm Springs: Damian Lee, sr.
Palm Desert: Brian Devlin, sr., Tristan Sinkinson, sr.,
La Quinta: Michael Avina, sr., Ricky Vargas, jr.
Rancho Mirage: Charles Murrell, sr.
Coachella Valley: Darius Hulsey, sr., Romero Martinez, jr.
Shadow Hills: Robert Lares, sr.
Desert Hot Springs: Andrew Moreno, sr., Markese Denman, sr.
Desert Mirage: Frolian Martinez, jr.
Xavier Prep: Daniel Mendoza, jr., Ryan Rover, sr.
Cathedral City: Jordan Wallace, jr., Cameron Lee, jr.
Indio: Sean Cunningham, sr.