AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The problem with our league is you make one mistake, you’re out of it,” Silverado coach Carl Posey said. “You want to be league champ, you’ve gotta go 4-0. You want to go to the playoffs, you have to win two games.” “Burroughs and Silverado are three or four steps ahead of the rest of us,” Barstow coach Dan Smith said. “Burroughs has the best team. Silverado, bar none, has the most athletes of any team up here.” The Hawks and Burros intentionally played rugged nonleague schedules to better prepare for DSL play and the postseason. Burroughs opened at St. Bonaventure, the defending D4 champ that is ranked No. 1 in D4 and No. 2 in California in MaxPreps.coms latest computerized poll canvassing all teams in the state, regardless of division or CIF section. Silverado was shutout at D3 No. 9 Antelope Valley, then thumped at Chino, ranked No. 2 in D2. “I don’t think you can look at win-loss records right now, considering the level of competition teams have played,” Burroughs coach Jeff Steinberg said. “People are obviously playing up in their schedule; how can that not help you improve? We’ve felt since that (loss at St. Bonaventure) that we’ve done a better job stopping the run on defense, securing the ball on offense and getting more people into our offense.” Burroughs senior quarterback David LaFromboise has 1,218 yards passing and is 104-for-168 passing with 13 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Wide receiver Hayo Carpenter has eight TD catches of his 46 overall plus three kickoff returns for TDs and a punt return for a TD for the Burros. One of those kickoff returns was for 98 yards. Silverado’s Darrell Roach is the Hawks go-to running back again this season, with running back Deandre Glasper and Danny Daffron playing key roles in the Hawks offense. Danny Daffron, Jonathan Bailey, Roach, Gilbert Tachiquin and Glasper are the Hawks leading tacklers on defense. The balance of the DSL: Victor Valley The Jackrabbits have experienced ups and downs shifting from relying on potent, speedy senior running back Tyrone Rudd to a more wide-open offense built to take advantage of their wealth of speed and experience. VVHS has only one TD since losing the Bell Game to Apple Valley three weeks ago and looks to break the spell Friday in one of San Bernardino County’s oldest rivalry games. QBs Branamier Courtney and Victor Rivera have both seen time at significant points in games. Courtney also has seen time as a wide receiver. Linebacker Mickey Gonzalez gave Sultana fits in the Jackrabbits’ 6-3 loss at Sultana. Barstow Turnovers plagued the Aztecs in the early going of 2005, but they rebounded with a 38-13 triumph over Hesperia on Sept. 30 the last time Barstow played. Senior defensive tackle Zach Niusulu has committed to Arizona State. Senior running back Jamar Brown has been supplying highlights on offense. A stat worth noting down the road: Silverado has never won at Barstow, according to Posey, and the Hawks play the Aztecs on Nov. 4 in Barstow. Granite Hills First-year coach Joell Hurt said it would take time to point the Cougars in a winning direction. Serrano and Sultana both shut out the Cougars, who were outscored 143-29 in their first five games. The Cougars scored a season-high 12 points vs. D12 finalist Ontario Christian. Granite Hills will finish below .500 in football for the seventh consecutive season unless it wins all five of its remaining games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If the path to the 2005 Desert Sky League football championship does not go through Ridgecrest, it could well go through Ray Moore Stadium in Victorville. Defending DSL champ Silverado and Ridgecrest Burroughs won’t face each other until Nov. 10, but the CIF-Southern Section Division VIII eighth-ranked Hawks (2-3) and No. 5 Burros (3-2) are considered top contenders for the league’s 2005 title. Victor Valley (1-4) looms as a playoff contender with its spread offense and a wealth of speed. Barstow (2-3) is capable of doing damage to anyone on a given night and also has postseason potential. And no one wants to be the first victim of winless Granite Hills (0-5). The DSL title chase begins tonight as Silverado faces Granite Hills at Newton T. Bass Stadium in Apple Valley, while Victor Valley hosts Mojave Desert rival Barstow in the annual Axe Game, which started in 1932. Burroughs plays host to defending D8 and seven-time Mojave River League champion Serrano in their annual showdown a contest that is become a measuring stick of the DSL’s and MRL’s premiere programs.