The Peterson Principle: 7/14/14

Former Monrovia QB Nick Bueno (Left) is now coaching at Arroyo with his brother Johnny Bueno who plays for Monrovia

Former Monrovia QB Nick Bueno (Left) is now coaching at Arroyo with his brother Johnny Bueno who plays for Monrovia

Deshawn Potts graduated, and Miles Bryant transferred to St. Francis. Ryan Maddox retired as did a majority of the coaching staff. With Kurt Scoby also graduating in June Monrovia suddenly had several issues to address.

Well I think it’s safe to say the quarterback issue is settled. Asaph “Ace” Zamora has been brilliant so far this summer. Saturday he led Monrovia to the SGV Shootout championship – capping an undefeated run with four touchdown passes against Buena Park in the final game.

Zamora backed up Potts last year and with the Cats devastating running attack he didn’t really get a chance to show what he could do. He did complete 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and five touchdowns while appearing in four games. However Miles Bryant also played in three games and a competition was expected this summer. But Bryant then transferred and the job was Zamora’s to lose. And so far he has taken full advantage.

He makes all the throws, down the field or short outs and is also showing leadership capabilities as the passing circuit goes on. Only a junior Zamora has two full years to lead the program.

Of course it doesn’t hurt to have guys like Octavius Spencer, Khalil Bradley and James Jackson catching the ball but Zamora seems to always put the ball in the right spot. Note to Central Division opponents. With Chris Stevens as the new head coach and Kameron Johnson at running back it appears the other issues have been addressed too.

Other notes from the SGV Shootout: Former Monrovia quarterback Nick Bueno is now coaching the running backs at Arroyo. Bueno knows several Arroyo players from years past and feels it’s a good fit. It was funny seeing him in a “Knights” shirt though. Bueno’s brother Johnny plays for Monrovia.

Los Altos OC Steven Burke has lost over 150 pounds since last season. “Hope you got my skinny side” Burke said Saturday while I was snapping a shot. It sure looked like I did. Burke, now more than ever, and the rest of the Conquerors are ready to go.

“Lorenzo Silva looks a thousand times better than last year,” said Los Altos HC Dale Ziola.

It was the first throw of the year for first year Maranatha HC Steve Bogan and the Minutemen. “It takes a long time to get all of the coaches cleared. Here at Maranatha it’s a different process. But I like the process. It’s necessary,” Bogan said.

Former South El Monte stars Manny Acosta and Jose Garay are back at their alma mater on the coaching staff. “I want to see this team start winning again,” Acosta said. Acosta, a four year starter for the Cal State LA baseball team, is also holding out hope for a shot at the major leagues.

Arcadia has the skill guys, QB Nico Hiller has been great, but do they have the line to protect?

Keppel will get off the snide this year. That’s not just my opinion. I was also told that by several coaches Saturday.

I was also told by every coach that I talked to that it’s now official. Jim Singiser and the Arroyo Knights run the best passing league tournament of the summer. It’s a slam dunk.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40



12 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 7/14/14"

  1. Tiny's Gravatar Tiny
    July 16, 2014 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Kameron Johnson is a true DownHill Runningback I Coached Him,I Use to call him “The bull Dear.”

  2. moor's Gravatar moor
    July 15, 2014 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    Any word on who is the coach at Nogales

  3. mr Rio's Gravatar mr Rio
    July 15, 2014 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    when you wacth the can feel the togetherness…that this team has,there know one star on this team. because there know I in team..i love it

  4. mr Rio's Gravatar mr Rio
    July 15, 2014 - 12:20 am | Permalink

    when you wacth the can feel the togetherness.this team has,there know one star on this team.because there know I in team..i love it

  5. coaches poll's Gravatar coaches poll
    July 14, 2014 - 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Best local passing tourneys” 1. El Rancho 2. Bonita 3.Santa Fe 4. Arroyo. Every coach you talked to did’nt go to the Ranch Tourney. San Clemente- St. Boneventure final.

  6. Observantcat's Gravatar Observantcat
    July 14, 2014 - 9:01 pm | Permalink

    That may mean we both know our teams and are on the same page. I guess Facts are just Facts.

  7. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    July 14, 2014 - 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Observancat: There are a lot of similarities between the length and say of your post and Greenie’s post. Just saying 🙂

  8. mr rio's Gravatar mr rio
    July 14, 2014 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Everybody wanna be a but nunbers dnt lie..bring wood!!! If you want the spot scoby keft

  9. moor's Gravatar moor
    July 14, 2014 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Whats up at Alhambra

  10. Johnny's Gravatar Johnny
    July 14, 2014 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I disagree with the last part of this article. The Bonita tournament is a much, much more well-run and organized tournament!
    From T. Peterson: I’m going by what the coaches told me. I like Bonita too but again this is what I’m being told. One coach even described the Bonita Tourn. to me as a “Cluster DELETED!” I didn’t see that. I like the Air assualt but I was told that. Every coach I talked to said the SGV Shootout was the best tourney of the summer.

  11. SGV SGV's Gravatar SGV SGV
    July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Good tournament and good competition.

  12. Observantcat's Gravatar Observantcat
    July 14, 2014 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    The Other talented fill-ins are guys like Seth Raines who will be probably the fastest guy in the San Gabriel Valley this season along with Aubrey Mosby, Jordan Nathan will be playing the slot position and is very explosive and very dangerous one the ball is in his hands and rounding out the Offense will be guys like Anthony Marquez a straight ahead runner with plenty of Varsity experience I believe he is the only guy out there that has been on Varsity since his freshman year. Spicer is another talented running back along with Jermaine Bia’s who will see plenty of time in the Monrovia backfield this season as well. The great thing about Zamora is that he brings leadership and skill to a group that can totally take advantage of it. His accuracy is beyond what most QB’s come in averaging. He was nearly perfect in the Bonita tournament completing 78% of his passes with only 1 int. This season should be a great measuring stick for the Cats as they take their A game to the next level. In the power game we have guys who can pull the wagon such as Bryson Dreighton is a stocky powerful running back that was out last season due to injury but will be a welcomed surprise to the Wildcat faithful. These kids are some of the hardest working athletes that Monrovia high school has produced and their hard work has been and will continue to pay off down the stretch.

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