The Peterson Principle: 4/14/14

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

I don’t care whether it’s D-1, D-2, D-3, or NAIA, if a high school player is moving on to college to play at the next level, it’s a good thing. Especially if the institution is going to pay for your education.

All the player has to do is suit up and play the a game that he loves. How is this bad? Again I didn’t understand all the derogatory comments on our board regarding the five El Rancho players that signed to play football in college. Just congratulate them, and say job well done. So I’m going to do just that. To Ryan Araujo, Javier Carrillo, David Ramos, Jesus Verduzco and Adrien Perez, great job, congrats and good luck in your future. Well deserved.

Vinnie Lopez has brought a new level of excitement to El Rancho. Lopez and his staff are committed to getting his players to college and bringing the program back.

“We know we’re chasing a big dog in the league in La Serna and we need to find a way to catch them,” Lopez said.

Monday Night Football is just one of the things Lopez is bringing to the program. In a couple of weeks the Dons will be out under the lights from 6:30 – 8:30 every Monday night on the football field. They’re ready for some football!

Association rule or no association rule West Covina, Covina and Bonita were out throwing on Saturday. At this point it’s no association rule. Nobody seems to know anything about it. One of the coaches at the Saturday toss told me “You can even throw on Sunday if you want.”

Who looked good? Well keeping in mind that it’s April everybody looked OK. At Bonita, Cody Brazzill will be stepping in for Tanner Diebold while at West Covina Drew Gomez looks like the guy to start for the graduated Henry Tarin. But does West Covina really throw the ball anyway?

Covina assistant Dominic Angelo was happy. Head coach Joe Brown gave him a shirt before the Saturday morning toss. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Note to head coaches: keep your assistants happy.

Had a conversation with Baldwin Park HC Daniel Al-gattas on Saturday afternoon. He’s pumped and ready to go. The Braves have over 100 kids total in the football program including some major difference makers returning on offense. Receiver Jayson Miller (65 receptions, 1068 yards), receiver Raymen Barraza (75 receptions, 1210 yards) and running back Malik Abston (44 carries, 351 yards in six games) are all back in the fold. The Braves will be running a New Orleans Saints style west coast offense.

“With all those athletes it should be a good offense for us,” Al-Gattas said. “Everybody including the parents are excited about this season. We changed our schedule a little bit but we do have Northview. The kids wanted to play against former HC Chris Williams.”

Williams is now the OC for the Vikings. Interesting matchup.

The Braves also have a transfer coming in that will further bolster the offense. I’ll let you know who it is…on Tuesday.

When is 30 points not enough? When it’s Arena Football. The LA KISS scored 30 and still came up ten short. They were stopped  four times inside the five-yard line. Shout it out Loud! The KISS need some points.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40

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