High school football: PD defeats LQ in Flag Game to kickoff DEL play

What a week in local high school football, highlighted by the annual Flag Game between La Quinta and Palm Desert.

Didn’t see this coming. That’s the beauty of this rivalry, I guess. Palm Desert takes the Flag back with a 30-14 win over La Quinta. It’s the Aztecs first win under head coach Rudy Forti. Wow.

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— Blake Arthur (@BlakeArthur24) September 30, 2023

The Blackhawks-Aztecs battle wasn’t the only rivalry game this week.

The RM-PS Ramon Road rivalry and Xavier Prep-Shadow Hills showdown were also on the slate to start Desert Empire League action.

It’s a big week of ball with the start of DEL and the schedule-makers came out swinging with rivalry games right away, none bigger than the Flag Game.

LQ at PD – 29th Flag Game
RM at PS – Ramon Road Rivalry
XP at SH – Other Side of the 10 Showdown

🏈 Coverage on Friday ➡️ @KESQ pic.twitter.com/niwuHhqLu9

— Blake Arthur (@BlakeArthur24) September 27, 2023


  • La Quinta 14 at Palm Desert 30
  • Rancho Mirage 26 at Palm Springs 20
  • Xavier Prep 31 at Shadow Hills 7
  • Desert Hot Springs 14 at Yucca Valley 48
  • Indio 10 at Cathedral City 8
  • Banning 3 at Coachella Valley 52
  • Desert Mirage 31 at Twentynine Palms 20
  • Whittier Christian 33 at Desert Christian Academy 0

Be sure to watch the Best Local Sports Show with Blake Arthur and Bailey Arredondo every Friday night during the season and connect with them during the season.

KESQ News Channel 3 is your home for high school football in the valley.

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