With their tough 23-15 defeat of previously-undefeated Trabuco Hills, the La Quinta High School rugby team moves to the head of the class in the SoCal Boys HS Gold North-2.
Wilson still leads North-1 with a 2-0 record; Trabuco drops to 3-1 and La Quinta is now 4-0.
Located out in the Californian desert near Palm Springs, La Quinta has overcome a lot to get where they are.
"Trabuco Hills was a great fight and a great win for us," said Coach Errol Wilson. "We have been pretty consistently undersized this year so all of our player have to play well together for us to have a chance to win."
The team was led by their effective halfback pairing of Isaiah Lopez at scrumhalf and James Tyson at flyhalf. Also in good form this winter are hooker Ryan Gurrola and No. 8 Mike Rodriguez.
"In our last few games we've really been able to use the offload to keep the ball moving and keep the defense off balance," said Wilson. "Our scrum is strong and we've been able to stay alive despite season-ending injuries to our fullback and lock."
Injuries were part of the story against Trabuco Hills as well, and La Quinta will have to face some challenging games in the coming weeks.
La Quinta will face View Park Prep (the ICEF of the film Red White Black & Blue) in playoffs Friday. Then it's on to the next round, with Wilson slated to make up a rainout this weekend and then face Torrey Pines midweek.