Palm Desert’s six-game winning streak in football ended on Friday in what Aztecs head coach Shane McComb described as his team’s “worst performance” since 2016.
McComb took his team, which has won four straight league titles, to St. George, Utah, this week to play Dixie High. The result was not what the coach and his players expected, and McComb called the 23-6 loss a “guts check” moment.
“We just got dominated,” McComb said. He added: “A good test for us from the start against a good team.”
The Aztecs, who beat five opponents 171-36 last spring, had held four of their last five opponents to less than 10 points. On Friday, two hours northeast of Las Vegas, Palm Desert was the team that almost got ruled out.
Head receiver Todd Shaw prevented the Aztecs from going scoreless. He caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Carter in the fourth quarter to give Palm Desert their only points of the night.
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McComb pointed to a handful of mistakes that kept the game from getting any closer, including a brutal kicker penalty that extended a Dixie drive, an abandoned interception that he said would likely have been returned for a touchdown and two. Carter passes that were dropped by receivers near the end zone.
Palm Desert will have the chance to start another winning streak next Friday with a home game against El Centro’s Central High.