Just days before their openers to the 2016 high school football season, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs had high hopes with their versatile quarterbacks behind center. But after week one, both are planning for life without their signal callers as injuries took their toll.
Before the team’s game Friday against Coachella Valley, the Lions announced that senior quarterback Cameron Lee was out with turf toe he developed during practice that week. After the game, coach Richard Lee said the timetable his starting QB could be anywhere from two to six weeks, and little has changed this week.
Cameron Lee is certainly not playing when the Lions travel to Hemet on Friday, and Cathedral City’s coach said the team will continue to play things by ear and will have Lee in a walking boot for the time being.
“It’s what’s best for him and for us down the road,” the coach said. “Preseason is preseason. Now is the time for that stuff to happen so he can be ready to go when league play begins.”
Desert Hot Springs starter senior Sirvon Campbell only lasted into the first quarter last Friday against Palm Desert before going down and having to hop off with what coach Will Littell diagnosed as a knee injury. Littell said his starter is “day-to-day,”, and senior Baylee Carter, who had to leave Friday’s game shortly with cramps, is healthy and ready to start Friday at Linfield Christian if necessary.
La Quinta, Villa Park change time for Friday’s game
After taking the first week of the 2016 high school football season as their bye week for this fall, La Quinta head coach Dan Armstrong and his players will have to wait an additional 30 minutes to get their quest for a CIF title underway.
Armstrong announced that the Blackhawks’ home game Friday against Villa Park will kickoff at 7:30 p.m., rather than the traditional 7 p.m., due to travel time for the visiting Spartans as well as heat concerns — temperatures will likely be above 100 degrees still before kickoff.
Villa Park, who’s ranked No. 4 in Division 3 in the CIF Southern Section, was also off last week, but finished 2015 12-1, losing to La Habra 42-21 in the Southwest Division semifinals after beating the Blackhawks in their opener 35-10.
Two valley teams move up football polls
With wins to open their seasons, both the Palm Desert and Coachella Valley football teams improved a spot in the CIF Southern Section football polls released Monday. After shutting out Desert Hot Springs 21-0, Palm Desert inched up from fourth to third in Division 9, while the Arabs advanced from ninth to eighth in Division 11 after beating Cathedral City 55-35.
Rancho Mirage, which beat visiting Beaumont 35-6 on Friday, stayed No. 4 in the Division 12 polls.
In the preseason cross country polls, like previous years, both squads from Xavier Prep were the only local teams to make the cut.
The boys, who finished fifth in the 2015 Division 5 state cross country race after winning the title in 2014, are slated No. 9, while the girls, who fell short of a trip back to the state meet after taking 10th at the Southern Section finals, are ranked No. 7 in Division 5.
In the boys’ water polo preseason watch list also released Monday, four local squads were touted, headlined by Palm Desert.
The Aztecs, in the highest division in the valley along with La Quinta, are listed with 12 other teams as a group to watch this season in Division 4. The Blackhawks, who beat Palm Desert 12-8 in the DVL championship game, weren’t listed. Palm Springs and Xavier Prep made the cut as two of 10 teams to watch for in Division 6, as well as Shadow Hills in Division 7.