The Peterson Principle 9/17/12

There were way too many of these Friday night in San Dimas

I went to the snack bar at San Dimas High School Friday night to get something to drink and had to wait a couple of minutes in line. I was immediately flagged for delay of game.

On the way back I was walking in a crowd and the person behind me slightly bumped into me. Another flag flew – interference.

I tried to appeal to the men in striped shirts but was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. When the game finally ended three hours later, I had a long walk across the campus to the parking lot. Upon finding my vehicle I expressed my happiness with a little fist pump. I was flagged again for excessive celebration.

I was one of the lucky ones. A photographer was penalized for illegal motion, a member of the chain gang was called for holding and a water girl had a yellow flag thrown for too many men (people?) on the field.

There was more laundry at the San Dimas-Monrovia game than the local laundromat. I can joke now about the absurd amount of flags but it wasn’t funny at the time. Actually I do think the water girl really was flagged.

At what point do you just let high school kids play football? It’s been said holding could be called on every play (especially in high school) and it seemed the officials were determined to do just that.

On the high school level there might be more holding, grabbing and yes even celebrating than you might see otherwise. Why ruin it for them?

Unofficially there were 21 penalties called Friday night with more than half called on Monrovia. Holding was the main culprit but there were also penalties ranging from illegal blocks to celebration to pass interference.

Monrovia had four, (yes four!) touchdowns called back and you would have been hard pressed on any of them to find anything illegal. If at least three of the scores are allowed it’s a 56-23 game instead of the 35-23 final.

Yes, San Dimas was penalized as well, but the killers, the real gut wrenchers, were called on Monrovia.

Note to officials: If you think you see a hold but it’s 30 yards behind the play and has nothing to do with the end result, leave the flag in your pocket.

Second note to officials: When a defensive back is running side by side with a receiver with no contact and then knocks the ball away at the last second, it’s not pass interference. Please ignore the Academy Award winning performance of the receiver.

Last note to officials. A simple high five or a chest bump after a touchdown is not excessive celebration. I know you would prefer that a 17 year old kid walks quietly back to the sidelines after making the run of his lifetime, but sorry pal. That’s not going to happen.

“That’s four touchdowns!, Four!” Monrovia HC Ryan Maddox screamed from the sidelines after his team was denied six once again.

After the game, he showed extreme restraint placing the blame on himself and his team.

“You can’t put it on the refs. We can’t make those penalties whatever the case. We need to clean it up,” Maddox said.

Anthony Craft picked off a pass and deftly weaved his way through traffic for a 55 yard touchdown just before halftime. The play was an absolute thing of beauty. The crowd erupted but those raucous cheers suddenly turned into dead silence when that ugly piece of yellow cloth was spotted laying on the turf.

Talk about throwing a wet blanket on a party. Heck, these guys dropped a bomb on it. One official tried to explain there was a clipping penalty on the return. He seemed to be the only one (on either side) that saw it.

“C’mon Tim you saw those calls. It doesn’t make any sense,” an assistant coach told me after the game.

“We were cheated!” said a Monrovia fan.

I won’t say that. It wasn’t intentional. But I will say this. Let the kids enjoy their Friday night. Let them play!

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at

13 Comments to "The Peterson Principle 9/17/12"

  1. @football fan's Gravatar @football fan
    September 20, 2012 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I did show class. I sat in the stands and told people to stop yelling, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are calling way too many penalties. Yes, a few were flagrant, like the 2 you mentioned, but overall it was out of control. If you want to get technical, and I believe this has already been said, they could call a penalty on just about every play. But should that happen? No, we lose the integrity of the game. Cheap shots and cheating should be called, and that’s it.

  2. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    September 20, 2012 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    I don’t understand all of the complaining about the officials. I was at the game and these penalties should have been called and would have been called in any game at any level. Know the rules. If you clip a guy on the 5 yard line its getting called back, if you hit a guy for no reason even though its 30 yards down field, in high school its getting called back. High school officials are looking for safety issues to protect the players. If they see one, it doesn’t matter if it was on a TD run or not, they are gonna call it. Stop complaining and play football. These things have a way of balancing themselves out. If I remember correctly San Dimas had some big plays called back too, but it wasn’t their fans running after the officials after the game. One parent had to be escorted from the stadium. Show some class Monrovia and stop disrespecting your school even more!

  3. @fans's Gravatar @fans
    September 19, 2012 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Not complaining, just pointing out that it goes both ways. Every single point brought up could be said on the other side. There were so many uncalled penalties made by SD. If you want me to be honest, I hate the way SD plays. All that “trickery” just seems so dishonest. Just play the game. SD is a good team, but it’s always my least favorite game to watch because it never feels like real football. And I hate listening to those shrill screams. Makes me nervous.

  4. The Monrovia standard's Gravatar The Monrovia standard
    September 19, 2012 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    Yeah, but they were field goals , If make a two of those field goals and the last TD called back with two minutes in the game( maddox took a knee after). That’s 21 pts on top of 35 pts, and SD would have only scored 16. In reality, with any other ref crew the score would be Monrovia 57- San Dimas 16…San Dimas is no where near Mtown this year…Sorry.

  5. at fans's Gravatar at fans
    September 19, 2012 - 7:13 am | Permalink

    my question was based on they took 4 tds away didnt you guys get points out of all 4 tds that got called back. yes there were a lot of flags but some were obvious and obviously stated. monrovia is a good team though just remembwer hands inside no holding hands on facemask and back of shoulder pads gunna get called. but penalties are part of the game its how you respond to them which makes it work final score should have put ya at 45-49 points but remember a wins a win no need to complain. move on to south hills they aint complaining

  6. @ugly's Gravatar @ugly
    September 18, 2012 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

    We sure didn’t enjoy listening to the SD fans cheering, someone actually kept shrilly screaming, every time they called against Monrovia, which was a LOT more than against SD. The calls were definitely skewed toward taking away from Monrovias’ game and I say good for them not letting those flags affect their momentum. Talk about taking away huge gains; they took 4 TD’s away from our team. It should have been a blowout.

  7. Colt74's Gravatar Colt74
    September 18, 2012 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I posted this on the “Other blog” on the 15th. Great minds think alike.

    Dear CIF,
    PLEASE do something about your Refs this season. The games played should be about the two teams and the kids that are on the field those nights. It should not be about the refs. Too many games this season are being determined by not the play of the field but by the refs and how many times they are throwing flags.
    All games are on video. Review them yourselves and see what I mean. Too many excessive celebration flags are being thrown for things as simple as two players giving each other high fives. Too many pass interference calls for plays that are not pass interference but good defensive coverage. Too many games are having momentum slowed or stopped because for what ever reason the men sent to officiate a game need some ME time. Watch the videos. They are out there.
    This is not NASCAR where a flag gets thrown 3 laps from the end of the race to give the fans closer racing at the end. Let the kids play.
    The refs should be there to protect the integrity of the game, NOT to control it or steer it.
    Watch the videos.

  8. GearGrinder's Gravatar GearGrinder
    September 18, 2012 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Referees and Head Coaches, if they are doing their jobs, should not be the focus at the end of the contest. What a shame… Didn’t Coach Boone in Remember the Tians say it best, “Let the boys play…”

  9. Ugly's Gravatar Ugly
    September 18, 2012 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    Ref’s were out of control for sure. Probably would not have changed the game, but 3 of Penalties were on HUGE SD Gains, definitely changed the momentum on those 3 plays. 1 of the Monrovia touchdowns called back was on a Receiver who absolutely clocked a SD DB in the Back out in the wide open who was not going to make the play anyway. Blame the WR on that one, not the REF who would have been lynched if he didn’t call that (protecting players is part of it). Yep, Monrovia wooped SD no doubt, and they have some horses for sure. Enjoyed listening to the Monrovia fan’s boo every little hanky, became funny waiting for it.

  10. amm's Gravatar amm
    September 18, 2012 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    Tim – thanks for putting it out there about the flags. Hopefully, these guys do not referee a playoff game for ANY school.

  11. MonroVian's Gravatar MonroVian
    September 18, 2012 - 5:08 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t have said it better, these refs needed to be exposed. That game was like you said a Laundry fest and my head almost exploded I was screaming so much.

    “You Don’t Want No Green And White”

  12. Bonita Alum's Gravatar Bonita Alum
    September 18, 2012 - 4:27 am | Permalink

    Why isn’t the excessive celebration enforced on the extra point? Because taking away something earned is stupid…and no it’s not excessive…because you could call it every time a kid goes into the end zone in high school.

  13. Ed Hockuli's Gravatar Ed Hockuli
    September 17, 2012 - 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Call me, I’m not working right now and will gladly call the next Mtown game. But remember, if anybody don’t like my calls I’ll kick their ***DELETED***CANS.

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