It’s that time of the year when football fans flock to their town’s stadium to watch some of the best athletes from around the valley battle on the gridiron.
And as the Friday night lights are prepared to beam again, it’s time for The Desert Sun’s football coverage to roll out, taking you to the first kickoff on Aug. 28. Make sure to pick up the paper and check out our website every day to become an expert on each team and the players that make them great as we preview one team each day.
To go with our team previews, we’re also kicking off our annual look at the Elite 11, the top players from around the valley — in our opinion — entering the 2015 season.
Each day, we’ll unleash another player, counting down from No. 11 to No. 1, and you can go to desertsun.com to read more about them and watch a video of their highlights, as well as their thoughts heading into this season.
We start our countdown Sunday with No. 11, senior running back Beau Berryhill of Palm Desert.
Berryhill was the cornerstone of the Aztec offense in 2014, rushing for 1,319 yards on 220 rushes and scoring 14 touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 132 yards and was 6-for-10 under center, passing for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Coming Tuesday: Find out who takes the No. 10 spot in this year’s Elite 11.
La Quinta’s Michael Avina is No. 10 in the Elite 11
Coachella Valley’s Darius Hulsey is No. 9 in Elite 11
Palm Desert’s Will Emmett is No. 8 in the Elite 11
Palm Springs’ Trenton Thompson is No. 7 in the Elite 11
Shadow Hills’ Tony Williams Jr. is No. 6 in the Elite 11
Palm Desert’s Tommy Jacobsson is No. 5 in the Elite 11
La Quinta’s Robbie Polimeni is No. 4 in the Elite 11
Palm Springs’ Will Olvera is No. 3 in the Elite 11
Palm Springs’ Tayler Hawkins is No. 2 in the Elite 11
Palm Springs’ Franklin Miller tops Elite 11 at No. 1