Meet the 2016 All-Desert Sun Football Team

Meet the 2016 All-Desert Sun Football Team

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Meet the 2016 All-Desert Sun Football Team

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A look at members of the All-Desert Sun football first team from the 2016 fall season on offense and defense and special teams:

All-Desert Sun football team.

All-Desert Sun football team.

All-Desert Sun First Team

Offense

Armando Deniz

Armando Deniz

Armando Deniz – Coachella Valley | Junior | Quarterback

In his first season of varsity football, Deniz quickly put up some of the top passing numbers for quarterbacks in the CIF Southern Section and the state of California. Deniz, the De Anza League co-Offensive MVP, passed for 3,508 yards on 241 for 415 passing (58.1 percent) with 29 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He added seven more scores on the ground. He had seven games without an interception and reached the 300-yard passing mark in all but three games while leading the Arabs to a Division 11 playoff berth.

Benji Cordova

Benji Cordova

Benji Cordova – La Quinta | Senior | Running back

Cordova, the 2016 offensive and defensive Desert Valley League MVP, was a punishing player whenever he was on the field, laying down hits while rushing the ball that looked just like the rough tackles he put on opponents while at linebacker and safety. The senior was the valley’s leading rusher with 1,878 yards and 29 touchdowns on 221 rushes, despite playing almost none in the team’s first game due to injury and missing several fourth quarters while his Blackhawks were blowing out DVL foes. His move from linebacker to safety was key in the La Quinta defense’s dominance in the second half of the season. He was also a member of the 2015 all-Desert Sun first team.

READ MORE: Benji Cordova named The Desert Sun’s 2016 football MVP

Kyle Whitefield

Kyle Whitefield

Kyle Whitefield – Rancho Mirage | Senior | Running back

Whitefield followed closely behind Cordova as one of the best backs in the valley. The Rancho Mirage senior wasn’t the fastest, biggest, or hardest-hitting back, but his ability to keep his balance and stay on his feet while getting hit or making spin moves, all while not losing speed, was his trademark. Whitefield, a first-team all-De Anza League selection, piled up 1,749 yards on 222 rushes with 29 scores, leading the Rattlers to the CIF SS Division 12 championship.

JJ Rodriguez

JJ Rodriguez

JJ Rodriguez – Coachella Valley | Junior | Wide receiver

Rodriguez, a first-team all-De Anza League pick, benefited from being on the valley’s top passing offense, but he easily separated himself from the rest of the valley as the only wideout to top 1,000 yards with 1,158 on 58 catches for 12 touchdowns. Rodriguez sure isn’t big, standing just 5-6 and 126 pounds, but he’s got great speed and solid hands. Expect him to put up even better numbers next year with his quarterback Deniz returning.

Chandler Barbato

Chandler Barbato

Chandler Barbato – Xavier Prep | Junior | Wide receiver

Barbato, a second-team all-DVL selection, was senior quarterback Michael Johnson’s favorite receiver in a passing offense that caught a lot of defenses off guard. The junior wideout caught 34 passes for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns, becoming the only receiver other than Rodriguez with double-digit scores. He also led the valley in yards per catch with those who had at least as many receptions as he did, averaging 20.4 yards.

Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson – La Quinta | Senior | Wide receiver

Anderson, a first-team all-DVL pick, started his season strong at receiver, picking up 386 yards, 24 catches and three scores in the air with Andrew Garcia under center. Later in the season, though, Anderson transitioned to a bigger role at quarterback, decreasing his wideout numbers before ending with 33 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns. He also put up 582 rushing yards, a majority of which he put up out of the wildcat formation in the second half of the season. He was also a member of the 2015 all-Desert Sun first team.

Jordan Wallace

Jordan Wallace

Jordan Wallace – Cathedral City | Senior | Utility

Wallace, a first-team all-DVL selection, was the premier example of a dual-threat quarterback this season, filling in for Cameron Lee, who missed the entire season due to injury. The senior was more than serviceable throwing the ball, piling up 1,130 yards on 91 for 176 passing with seven scores and eight interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 1,226 yards and 14 touchdowns on 182 rushes. He also returned kicks and played defensive back, rarely taking plays off.

JD Lang

JD Lang

JD Lang – Shadow Hills | Junior | Utility

Like Welmas, Lang shined as a stellar two-way player during the Knights’ first season in the DVL. Lang pulled in three interceptions and was third on the team in tackles with 55. On the other side of the ball, he proved a great short-yardage rushing option around the goal line, scoring five times even though he totaled just over 100 yards. At receiver, he pulled in seven touchdowns with 37 catches for 557 yards as a first-team all-DVL pick.


Jonnathan Avila – Rancho Mirage | Senior | Offensive line

Avila helped to pave the way, with the rest of the Rancho Mirage offensive line, for one of the most dominant running games in the valley that piled up 3,362 yards in 14 games. With his help, the rushing attack was successful up the middle, around the end or on option plays while averaging more than 240 yards a game during the team’s trip to the CIF SS Division 12 championship game . The senior, a first-team all-De Anza League pick, finished his high school career as a three-year starter on the offensive line and is drawing attention from Division I football programs for a potential scholarship offer.

Nick Hernandez

Nick Hernandez

Nick Hernandez – Coachella Valley | Senior | Offensive line

Hernandez stood out as the top offensive lineman on the valley’s most electric offense with the Arabs, who had a quarterback throw for more than 3,500 yards in 11 games and a running back rush for more than 1,000. Hernandez’s stellar run and pass blocking helped give junior Armando Deniz plenty of time to throw and scramble while opening up large holes for Romeo Martinez to run through. The senior was also a first-team all-De Anza League pick.

Robert Cruz

Robert Cruz

Robert Cruz – La Quinta | Senior | Offensive line

Cruz was a first-team all-DVL pick and played a massive part in La Quinta’s once-again dominating rushing attack. As a senior, he provided experience on a squad with juniors and sophomores filling roles of graduating seniors, and the team didn’t miss a beat. Cordova rushed for 500 more yards in two fewer games this season large-in-part to the holes Cruz and the rest of the offensive line helped to provide their star rusher with.

T.J. Lew

T.J. Lew

T.J. Lew – Shadow Hills | Senior | Offensive line

Lew, a two-way lineman for the Knights, was a first-team all-DVL pick for his prowess on offense, where his 275-pound frame helped paved the way for the team’s multiple rushers to reach nearly 2,000 yards together. On defense, the senior was fourth on the team with 53 tackles and also forced one fumble.

Matt Rodriguez

Matt Rodriguez

Matthew Rodriguez – La Quinta | Sophomore | Offensive line

Of the 11 non-seniors on the all-Desert Sun first team, Rodriguez stands out as the youngest as the only sophomore on the list. He made the cut as a first-team all-DVL selection and was an obvious pick in several coaches’ minds. On a team that thrives on rushing the ball, Rodriguez helped pave the way for Cordova and company this year and will be back to help Derrick Kennedy take over.

Special teams

Daniel Whelan

Daniel Whelan

Daniel Whelan – Rancho Mirage | Senior | Kicker/punter

Not only the best in the valley, but one of the best in the country, Whelan wowed people with his incredibly impressive length on field goals, making kicks from more than 50 yards look routine while making one from longer than 70 in practice, wind-aided. He was 67 for 69 on PATs and 8 for 16 on field goals, a number low because the Rattlers tried multiple 60-plus yarders he barely missed. Whelan, the De Anza League Special Teams MVP, was also a game-changing punter, landing 21 of his 36 tries inside the 20 with a long of 68. He was also a member of the 2015 all-Desert Sun first team.

Marques Prior

Marques Prior

Marques Prior – Rancho Mirage | Junior | Returner

Prior was all over the field each game this season, playing offense, defense and special teams. As a return man, he returned a kickoff for a touchdown on the first play of the season, along with a crucial punt in the team’s CIF semifinal game against St. Genevieve. On defense, he recorded two interceptions, one fumble (which he returned for a score) and 42 tackles, while on offense, where he played running back, wide receiver and occasionally quarterback, Prior racked up 934 yards and 15 scores on the ground and 367 yards and two scores receiving on 27 catches. He was named De Anza League co-Offensive MVP.

Defense

Josh Ramirez

Josh Ramirez

Josh Ramirez – Rancho Mirage | Senior | Defensive line

He’s listed as a linebacker, but we think Ramirez looked and played like a solid defensive end this season, piling up 15 sacks, while forcing two fumbles and recovering five more and finishing third on the team with 53 tackles. Most impressively, Ramirez, a first-team all-De Anza League selection, had possibly his best game of the season in the biggest one, recording two sacks and a blocked punt that turned into a touchdown in the Rattlers’ CIF title game against Arroyo.

Gordon Haskell

Gordon Haskell

Gordon Haskell – La Quinta | Junior | Defensive line

Haskell, a first-time all-DVL pick, is one of the leading members of the new young wave of Blackhawk linemen. The junior was a punishing force at defensive end for the Blackhawks, who only improved as a defensive unit as the season progressed. Haskell was also a great blocking tight end on offense, paving the way for Cordova to nearly reach 2,000 yards.

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark – Palm Springs | Senior | Defensive line

Clark, a first-team all-DVL selection, finished fourth on the Indians’ stout defense with 67 tackles, while leading the team with five sacks. The senior, who played a key role for Palm Springs in holding La Quinta’s high-octane rushing offense to just 14 points, also recovered two fumbles this season and blocked a field goal.

Mikey Ramos

Mikey Ramos

Michael Ramos – Rancho Mirage | Senior | Linebacker

Much like Ramirez, his teammate on defense, Ramos did a little bit of everything this season, finishing with 59 tackles for second on the team and one sack. Ramos, a first-team all-De Anza League pick, led the Rattlers with five interceptions and returned three for scores, while forcing three fumbles, recovering another and blocking one punt as a key part of Rancho Mirage’s stout defense.

Donovan Russell

Donovan Russell

Donovan Russell – Palm Springs | Senior | Linebacker

Russell, a first-team all-DVL pick, headlined the dominant Indian defense that held Xavier Prep and La Quinta, the DVL’s top offenses, to a combined 38 points. He led Palm Springs with 114 tackles, while picking up two sacks, one interception and one recovered fumble as a hulking linebacker at 240 pounds.

James Green

James Green

James Green – Cathedral City | Junior | Defensive back

With Wallace having to take over as the team’s quarterback, Green made a solid traditional rushing option for the Lions, straying from where he planned to play most of the year at receiver. The junior compiled 691 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground on 137 carries. On defense, Green, a first team all-DVL selection, became one of the valley’s top cornerback options, with tons of speed and the ability to stick on and limit teams’ top receivers.

Kaleb Welmas

Kaleb Welmas

Kaleb Welmas – Shadow Hills | Junior | Defensive back

Welmas broke onto the scene this year by leading the valley in interceptions with six, returning two for  touchdowns, while averaging 28.3 yards per return. He also recovered two fumbles while causing another in the secondary. On offense, the junior stood out among the team’s litany of running backs looking to fill Tony Williams’ shoes, rushing for 587 yards on 70 rushes for six touchdowns.

Brooks Stephenson

Brooks Stephenson

Brooks Stephenson – Palm Desert | Junior | Defensive back

As the lone returning starter on a young and struggling Aztec squad, Stephenson continued to build upon his sophomore season, finishing second on the team in tackles with 67 to go with five interceptions – returning one for a score. At receiver, despite facing a lot of tough coverages from teams trying to stop Palm Desert’s best threat, Stephenson still caught 42 balls for 594 yards and four scores and was first-team all-DVL as a receiver, punter and defensive back.

Mason Sarna

Mason Sarna

Mason Sarna – Xavier Prep | Senior | Defensive back

Sarna led the Saints with 120 tackles in the secondary, including 84 solo, to go along with three interceptions and one recovered fumble on defense. He brought his hard-hitting style on defense to the offensive side of the ball, too, as a running back that was tough to bring down, gaining 571 yards on 116 rushes for four scores to go along with two more as a receiver.

Nick Reyes-Foster

Nick Reyes-Foster

Nick Reyes-Foster – Palm Springs | Junior | Defensive back

Reyes-Foster took on a much bigger role this season, filling in for graduated Franklin Miller, who did everything for the Indians during his career. On defense, the junior finished second on the team with 85 tackles and had three interceptions, returning one for a score as a first-team all-DVL selection. On offense, Reyes-Foster added three more scores – one in the air and two on the ground – to go with his 266 rushing yards and 275 receiving yards.

Ricky Vargas

Ricky Vargas

Ricky Vargas – La Quinta | Senior | Defensive back

Vargas, a multi-year starter and star in the La Quinta secondary, recorded another solid season this fall on defense while taking the occasional carry at running back. As a defensive back, he was the Blackhawks’ top defender at the second level for much of the season until Blackhawk coach Dan Armstrong moved Cordova and Anderson back to join him, making the most potent secondary trio in the valley. He was a first-team all-DVL pick, receiving the second-most votes among defensive backs behind Cordova, and will be tough for the Blackhawks to replace next fall.

All-Desert Sun Second Team

Offense

QB: Michael Johnson, sr., Xavier Prep

RB: Romeo Martinez, sr., Coachella Valley

RB: Manny Sepulveda, jr., Palm Desert

RB: Josh Barlow, sr., Palm Springs

WR: Jacob Salazar, sr., Coachella Valley

WR: Braxton Wehrli, jr., Xavier Prep

OL: Spencer Lane, sr., La Quinta

OL: Aurek Boutte, soph., Palm Springs

OL: Raymond Herrera, jr., Xavier Prep

OL: Matt Ontiveros, sr., Rancho Mirage

OL: Mark Grenier, sr., Rancho Mirage

Utility: Baylee Carter, sr., Desert Hot Springs

K/P: Logan Prescott, jr., La Quinta

Defense

DL: Nathan Ongalibang, sr., Desert Hot Springs

DL: Jesus Corona, jr., La Quinta

DL: Jeffrey Menning, jr., Palm Desert

LB: Mario Montalvo, so., Rancho Mirage

LB: David Alvarado, jr., Indio

LB: Brian Morales, sr., Palm Springs

LB: Isaiah Archuleta, sr., Rancho Mirage

DB: Lee Hawkins, soph., Shadow Hills

DB: Fabrice Voyne, soph., Xavier Prep

DB: Derrick Kennedy, soph., La Quinta

DB: Damion Lee, sr., Palm Springs

Honorable mention

Cathedral City: Isaiah Ross (TE), Timothy Miller (WR)

Coachella Valley: Jose Cuevas (OL), Jovan Ramos (WR)

Desert Hot Springs: Jordon Walker (DL), Sirvon Campbell (QB)

Desert Mirage: Frolian Rodriguez (DL), Omar Bautista (OL)

Indio: Carlos Nuno (OL), Jose Pelayo (DL)

La Quinta: Gary Robles (LB), Christian Mesa (OL)

Palm Desert: Jackson Emmett (LB), TyJuan Jackson (DB)

Palm Springs: Kris Ross (OL), Jeremy Dotson (QB)

Rancho Mirage: David Talley (QB), Jesus Valenzuela (OL)

Shadow Hills: Seth Morales (QB), Sammy Venegas (LB)

Xavier Prep: Cesar Lopez (DL), Spencer Conley (WR)

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Saints football players Chandler Barbato, right, and Mason Sarna at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert on Friday, December 16, 2016.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

(From the left) Knights football players JT Lew, Kaleb Welmas and JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

Knights football player JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

Knights football player JD Lang at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

Knights football player Kaleb Welmas at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

Knights football player Kaleb Welmas at Shadow Hills High School on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Indio.

Ricky Vargas

Ricky Vargas

Gordon Haskell

Gordon Haskell

Marques Prior

Marques Prior

Daniel Whelan

Daniel Whelan

Robert Cruz

Robert Cruz

Jonny Avila

Jonny Avila

La Quinta High football player Justin Anderson on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Justin Anderson on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

Kyle Whitefield

Kyle Whitefield

Benji Cordova

Benji Cordova

Armando Deniz

Armando Deniz

Donovan Russell, Andrew Clark, and Nick Reyes-Foster, from left to right, of Palm Springs High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Donovan Russell, Andrew Clark, and Nick Reyes-Foster, from left to right, of Palm Springs High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Andrew Clark, Donovan Russell and Nick Reyes-Foster, from left to right, of Palm Springs High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Andrew Clark, Donovan Russell and Nick Reyes-Foster, from left to right, of Palm Springs High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Aztec football player Brooks Stephenson on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Palm Desert.

Aztec football player Brooks Stephenson on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Palm Desert.

Aztec football player Brooks Stephenson on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Palm Desert.

Aztec football player Brooks Stephenson on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Palm Desert.

Aztec football player Brooks Stephenson on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Palm Desert.

Aztec football player Brooks Stephenson on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Palm Desert.

La Quinta High football player Robert Cruz on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Robert Cruz on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Justin Anderson on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Justin Anderson on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Benji Cordova on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Benji Cordova on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

(From the left) La Quinta High football players Robert Cruz, Ricky Vargas, Benji Cordova, Justin Anderson, Matt Rodriguez, Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

(From the left) La Quinta High football players Robert Cruz, Ricky Vargas, Benji Cordova, Justin Anderson, Matt Rodriguez, Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

(From the left) La Quinta High football players Robert Cruz, Ricky Vargas, Benji Cordova, Justin Anderson, Matt Rodriguez, Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

(From the left) La Quinta High football players Robert Cruz, Ricky Vargas, Benji Cordova, Justin Anderson, Matt Rodriguez, Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Benji Cordova on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Benji Cordova on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

(From the left) La Quinta High football players Robert Cruz, Ricky Vargas, Benji Cordova, Justin Anderson, Matt Rodriguez, Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

(From the left) La Quinta High football players Robert Cruz, Ricky Vargas, Benji Cordova, Justin Anderson, Matt Rodriguez, Gordon Haskell on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Benji Cordova on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

La Quinta High football player Benji Cordova on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in La Quinta.

From right; Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Jonny Avila, Kyle Whitefield, Josh Ramirez and Mikey Ramos of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

From right; Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Jonny Avila, Kyle Whitefield, Josh Ramirez and Mikey Ramos of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

Jordan Wallace, left, and James Green of the Cathedral City High School football program, December 14, 2016.

Jordan Wallace, left, and James Green of the Cathedral City High School football program, December 14, 2016.

Jordan Wallace, left, and James Green of the Cathedral City High School football program, December 14, 2016.

Jordan Wallace, left, and James Green of the Cathedral City High School football program, December 14, 2016.

From right; Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Jonny Avila, Kyle Whitefield, Josh Ramirez and Mikey Ramos of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

From right; Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Jonny Avila, Kyle Whitefield, Josh Ramirez and Mikey Ramos of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

Jonnathan Avila

Jonnathan Avila

JJ Rodriguez, Nick Hernandez, and Armando Deniz, from left to right, of Coachella Valley High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

JJ Rodriguez, Nick Hernandez, and Armando Deniz, from left to right, of Coachella Valley High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

JJ Rodriguez, Nick Hernandez, and Armando Deniz, frorm left to right, of Coachella Valley High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

JJ Rodriguez, Nick Hernandez, and Armando Deniz, frorm left to right, of Coachella Valley High School are selected to the All Desert Sun football team, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

From right; Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Jonny Avila, Kyle Whitefield, Josh Ramirez and Mikey Ramos of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

From right; Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Jonny Avila, Kyle Whitefield, Josh Ramirez and Mikey Ramos of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Kyle Whitefield, Mikey Ramos, Josh Rameriez and Jonny Avila of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

Marques Prior, Daniel Whelan, Kyle Whitefield, Mikey Ramos, Josh Rameriez and Jonny Avila of the Rancho Mirage High School football team.

Chandler Barbato of Xavier Prep, photographed on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, is one of the picks for the All-Desert Sun football team.

Chandler Barbato of Xavier Prep, photographed on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, is one of the picks for the All-Desert Sun football team.

Mason Sarna of Xavier Prep, photographed on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, is one of the picks for the All-Desert Sun football team.

Mason Sarna of Xavier Prep, photographed on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, is one of the picks for the All-Desert Sun football team.

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