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Desert Valley League teams to play football this season, schedule still to be finalized

All eight Desert Valley League teams are going to play football this season.

The question is: how many games for each team?

Following Tuesday's news that high school football can return to play, DVL athletic directors and coaches met Wednesday to discuss the course of action for their league, deciding that they will go forward with a shortened season but have yet to finalize a schedule.

The DVL is made up of eight schools - Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Desert Hot Springs, Desert Mirage, Indio, 29 Palms, Yucca Valley and Banning - all eight of them are going to play football this season. The only thing left to figure out are the match-ups, how many games each program is willing/capable of playing.

The indication is that some teams will play a full five-game schedule while other teams will only play a few. No team will play more than five games because that is the maximum number of games allowed per CIF-SS guidelines. The final day for high school football for this season is Saturday, April 17.

According to multiple athletic directors, a finalized schedule for the DVL should be done by early next week, hopefully Monday, March 8.

The DEL however, consisting of Palm Desert, Palm Springs, La Quinta, Xavier Prep, Shadow Hills and Rancho Mirage, is ready to go. The DEL has confirmed their five-game schedule, set to start on Friday, March 19.

  • Friday, March 19 - GAME 1
    • Palm Springs at Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage at Xavier Prep, Shadow Hills at La Quinta
  • Friday, March 26 - GAME 2
    • Palm Desert at Shadow Hills, La Quinta at Rancho Mirage, Xavier Prep at Palm Springs
  • Friday, April 2 - GAME 3
    • Palm Desert at Xavier Prep (Cook Street Rivalry), Shadow Hills at Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs at La Quinta (Mike Gates Game)
  • Friday, April 9 - GAME 4
    • Rancho Mirage at Palm Desert, Xavier Prep at La Quinta, Shadow Hills at Palm Springs
  • Friday, April 16 - GAME 5
    • La Quinta at Palm Desert (Flag Game), Rancho Mirage at Palm Springs (Ramon Road Rivalry), Xavier Prep at Shadow Hills

The expectation is that the DVL will follow a similar timeline with some games starting Friday, March 19. We just don't know how many games each team will be playing.

For additional information or questions, feel free to reach out to Sports Director Blake Arthur and/or Taylor Begley. Also, be sure to follow on Twitter at @BlakeArthur24 and @TaylorKESQ.

You can also visit CIF-SS for more general information. CIF is the governing body for all high school sports in California's southern section.

Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for the latest updates on this story as it continues to develop.

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Blake Arthur

Sports Director Blake Arthur joined the KESQ/CBS Local 2 team in August of 2015. Learn more about Blake here.

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