The CIF-SS released its high school football playoff pairings Sunday morning and just four desert schools saw their names pop up. Palm Desert, Coachella Valley, Xavier Prep and La Quinta.
The most interesting development was that the Division 12 pairings revealed that Xavier Prep will face a familiar opponent to desert teams -- Banning. They high-flying Broncos of the Desert Valley League will play at Xavier Prep on Friday night in what should be an entertaining first-ever playoff game for the Saints. Despite injuries and with a small group of amazing students playing both sides of the field, the Saints are ready and excited for this new challenge.
It will be a game they may have interest in up in Corvallis, Oregon, as Xavier Prep coach James Dockery is an Oregon State graduate and Banning star Taron Madison committed to Oregon State earlier this season.