Prep Preview: De Anza League

The De Anza League will again be chasing Daniel Bornia (No. 8) and Big Bear. / Photo by SBSUN.com

The De Anza League will again be chasing Daniel Bornia (No. 8) and Big Bear. / Photo by SBSUN.com

The De Anza League goes from the CIF-Southern Section East Valley Division to the Northwest Division, but nothing much changes aside from the addition of newbie Rancho Mirage.

Big Bear (10-3 overall) was a CIF-SS semifinalist last season, falling just eight points short of advancing to the final. Logan Wolf could be a star this season. He’s the only returner who had double-digit carries, scoring on three of his 14 attempts while gaining 16 yards per rush.

Indio Shadow Hills (7-5) enjoyed its first playoff victory — a 31-24 win over Huntington Beach Brethren Christian — and will be looking for more behind the one-two punch of QB Michael Suarez and RB Isaiah Ortega-Dade.

Twentynine Palms (4-7) was a playoff team last season but may be hard pressed to get there again. The Wildcats start the season without a player who has completed a varsity pass and only two others who have scored TDs.

Yucca Valley (7-3) underwent a coaching change with Andrew Amosa taking over for Tom Cannavo. Amosa starts from near scratch as only two juniors — William Perrence and Caleb Zietz — saw extended playing time of offense last season.

Desert Hot Springs (2-8) is another team with a new coach — Will Littell — and without a player on its roster who has completed a varsity pass. WR Ethan Martinez scored five TDs on just 11 receptions last year.

Thermal Desert Mirage (0-10) had a rough go of it last season, averaging just nine points per game. Hard to do much with just 30 players on Coach Jeff Tebelak’s roster.

Rancho Mirage begins it first varsity season. Last season, its JV team was 3-2-1 on a limited schedule so at least we know they were competitive.

PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
Big Bear
Indio Shadow Hills
Twentynine Palms
Yucca Valley
Desert Hot Springs
Thermal Desert Mirage
Rancho Mirage

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
LB Jesus Angel, Thermal Desert Mirage
LB Daniel Bornio, Big Bear
RB Beayahnn Carrillo, Twentynine Palms
QB Felipe Leon, Thermal Desert Mirage
WR Ethan Martinez, Desert Hot Springs
ATH Justin Russell, Rancho Mirage
QB Michael Suarez, Indio Shadow Hills
WR Alonzo Tate, Twentynine Palms
LB Derik Thoma, Indio Shadow Hills
LB Josh Tierney, Yucca Valley
RB Logan Wolf, Big Bear

GAMES TO CONSIDER:
Sept. 12 — Redlands Arrowhead Christian at Twentynine Palms
Sept. 19 — Rancho Mirage at Hemet Tahquitz
Oct. 17 — Big Bear at Twentynine Palms
Oct. 24 — Big Bear at Indio Shadow Hills

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