Prep Preview: Desert Sky League

The Desert Sky League has traditionally been the High Desert’s 2nd tier, and its best team has been Victorville Silverado.

The Hawks, usually led by one exceptional skill player and a bend-but-don’t break defense, have won four titles outright and shared another over seven seasons, including 2011 when they went 4-0 over their DSL counterparts.

Credited to a mostly brutal non-league schedule, Silverado was 5-5 in the regular season but beat Hesperia Oak Hills in the 1st Round before getting thumped by Fontana Summit, the eventual champ, in the Quarterfinal Round. They finished 6-6 and were the Inland Area’s only league champion with a .500 record.

Expect more of the same this year; Phelan Serrano, Palm Springs, Upland and Oak Hills are on Silverado’s non-league schedule. The Hawks will be fortunate to go 2-2 over this stretch.

Ridgecrest Burroughs (6-6) lost at home to Silverado by more than two TDs in Week 9 in ’11 so there was a clear divide between the league’s best teams. The Burros won a playoff game (at Apple Valley) but were beaten as badly by Perris Citrus Hill in the Quarterfinal Round as Silverado was by Summmit. They are playing a far softer non-league schedule than Silverado so expect the possibility of overall records being skewed as season’s end.

Granite Hills (5-6) got into the playoffs as the No. 3 team and were promply discared by Serrano in the 1st Round. Victor Valley (1-9) and Barstow (1-9), two of the oldest schools in the High Desert, were reduced to doormats. The bottom three in the DSL will not change. Not this year.

PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
1. Victorville Silverado
2. Ridgecrest Burroughs
3. Apple Valley Granite Hills
4. Victor Valley
5. Barstow

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Burroughs WR/FS Jackson French (5-foot-11, 175 pounds)
Victor Valley WR/CB London Grays (6-4, 190)
Silverado DB Kyle Trammel (5-10, 168)
Barstow QB Tracy Venable (5-11, 160)
Granite Hills TE/DE Keyshawn Williams (5-11, 178)

GAMES TO CONSIDER:
Granite Hills at Burroughs, Oct. 12
Burrough at Silverado, Oct. 19

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