The Peterson Principle: 7/21/14

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

I’m hearing a lot of good things out of Covina. They have a quarterback and although Joe Benavidez is not the returning starter he’s looked great in the summer. All of the key skill players other than QB Darren Torres are back for the Colts.

The marquee guy is Pernell Smalley (1049 yards rushing) but Eric Williams (339 yards receiving) and Dorian Robinson are expected to play key roles. In the reconfigured Valle Vista Covina could finish second. Coming off of a 4-6 season, the Colts have something to prove.

While everybody likes San Dimas (how could you not?) Northview is the team the Colts have to beat to take the second spot. The Vikings have a freshman quarterback in Steven Comstock that HC Marcel Perez is really high on. Looking at his size and the way he steps back and throws it’s hard to believe he’s a freshman.

“He’s our guy right now. He’s making all the throws,” Perez said Thursday at a workout.

The Vikings are still basking in the glow of an 8-3 year and want to take the next step. Christeon Blackmon (803 yards rushing) is back along with receiver Nicholas Ybarra.

With Pomona now doing business in the Miramonte, those are the top three teams in the Valle Vista. No I’m not discounting the other three but I don’t think Rowland is there yet and Wilson and Nogales just settled their coaching issues last week.

Speaking of the Miramonte, I don’t know anything about OC Jerry Urias leaving Bassett. I talked to him last week and all systems are go with the Olympians. By the way with Garey, Ganesha and La Puente as the other three teams in league doesn’t Bassett have a legitimate shot at a playoff spot?

We keep getting asked about San Gabriel. I saw them last week at Arroyo. How did they look? Let’s just say it might be a landmark year for Keppel. If the Aztecs don’t win an Almont League game this year it will be a major upset.

No shot at the Matadors but this is going to take time folks. When Joe Ledesma walked in the cupboard wasn’t exactly full. Due to departures, lack of participation and coaching changes SG hasn’t had a JV team in two years. Their quarterback Anthony Gutierrez is returning but after him the Mats are short on experience.

“We have mostly freshman and sophomores. We’re really young,” Ledesma said. “It’s going to be a process.”

It’s been awhile since the days of Keith Jones and Jude Oliva. For San Gabriel it’s almost like completely starting over.

Montebello has to be the favorite right? Schurr and Bell Gardens will have their say but the Oilers look like “the dude” in the Almont.

When you look at three of the leagues in the Northwest one would wonder why in the name of the CIF Southern Section are we covering this Division. But when you look at the other two- the Prep and the Olympic – how can we not? Not covering the Northwest would mean ignoring schools like Whittier Christian, Maranatha, Village Christian and Rio Hondo Prep. Sorry, can’t do it. Although if you know anybody willing to drive up to Santa Maria or Nipomo to get us a score, let us know.

Just to refresh we’ll be covering the Mid-Valley, Southeast, Central and Northwest in 2014. We’ve added one Division – the Central. Why? Because that’s where Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and the rest of the Rio Hondo reside.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40

30 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 7/21/14"

  1. just saying's Gravatar just saying
    July 23, 2014 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    @MVL….. You are absolutely correct, i agree with you. Its just too bad that the Mission Valley teams dont get the numbers like teams in other leagues, and until that time comes, Mission Valley teams will find it tough competing against teams from elite leagues. All the Mission Valley teams can do is compete in their league have fun and hope for tbe best. The Mission Valley in its self will be competitive and fun, and whoever makes the playoffs, good luck

  2. MVL's Gravatar MVL
    July 23, 2014 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

    @just saying you’re absolutely right. Anything can happen in passing league. But we’ll all know what teams are good when the pads come on. Right now, I believe Gab is going to crush Marshall, but aren’t the rest of the teams in the league going to do the same. Rosemead lost their qb, but they still have a lot of returners and will be fine.

  3. just saying's Gravatar just saying
    July 23, 2014 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Dont worry about Marshall, they beat Gab in 7vs7. Since Gab beat Arroyo twice in passing this year, and beat Crescenta Valley, Covina, Azusa, and Sierra Vista, and destroyed Keppal that should make Marshall a contender. Not bad mouthing anyone, people are writing Gab off because of their loss to Marshall. People are writing Rosemead off because they lost their QB, the rest of the kids are out there working hard to have a successful season, the same goes for any team in the mission valley, and as far as i`m concerned they are all successful. No, the mission valley may not have tbe athletes that the other leagues have, but they have athletes that are working hard. Just because Gab beat some pretty good teams in 7vs7 out there doesn`t mean those teams lose any credibility. Its going to be a great season of football. Can`t wait

  4. Lancers's Gravatar Lancers
    July 23, 2014 - 11:16 am | Permalink
  5. SGV's Gravatar SGV
    July 23, 2014 - 6:28 am | Permalink

    mission league I feel sorry for Marshall their line is smaller than peewee football, I wish them luck at MVL

  6. SGV's Gravatar SGV
    July 23, 2014 - 6:25 am | Permalink

    @cup cakes Arroyo should schedule playoff opponents in order to be respected. every one respect them in passing league, only passing league, they won’t schedule , westlake, bishop, diamond, san dimas, monrovia, pomona, clete,they schedule looser teams to get a W they S&^%

  7. Wow's Gravatar Wow
    July 22, 2014 - 9:04 pm | Permalink

    What about Temple?

  8. anonymous's Gravatar anonymous
    July 22, 2014 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

    @clete looks like you guys are going for state

  9. clete's Gravatar clete
    July 22, 2014 - 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I would say we have the toughest preseason schedule in the mid valley. SERRANO, DORSEY,, HART, burroughs ridgecrest, Montebello, bishop, WESTLAKE

  10. FAN's Gravatar FAN
    July 22, 2014 - 4:32 pm | Permalink

    @SEM better schedule than you look at Rosemead

  11. Johnny's Gravatar Johnny
    July 22, 2014 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    SEM cupcake schedule? They play Pasadena, Santa Fe, bonita, and chino… That might be a cupcake schedule for Upland or Rancho Cuconga, but that’s murderer’s row for a MVL team. As a matter of fact, what mid valley team has a tougher pre league schedule? Maybe San Dimas

  12. 3rd&1's Gravatar 3rd&1
    July 22, 2014 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    Don’t put Northview and Baldwin Park over Arroyo, Viewpoint, Schurr, and Sierra Canyon.

  13. clete's Gravatar clete
    July 22, 2014 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Wonka I think you list is pretty good. the team to watch out for is Sierra Canyon. They have a VERY talented team this year, and if your smart you go see a few of their games.

  14. annonymous's Gravatar annonymous
    July 22, 2014 - 7:53 am | Permalink

    @MVS Tim do you know who the starting QB is at Bishop I hear they scooped 3 good ones, are they loaded?

  15. fan's Gravatar fan
    July 22, 2014 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    Rosemead without a QB cannot run 100% of the time, they are done, Panthers get a life or get a QB
    Gabby has a QB but no help or defense
    SEM only a RB cannot carry the team
    Arroyo is still the team to beat
    All these teams schedule is soft

  16. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 22, 2014 - 3:30 am | Permalink

    Duarte isn’t in the Midvalley are they?

  17. Cup Cakes's Gravatar Cup Cakes
    July 22, 2014 - 1:04 am | Permalink

    Why should Arroyo be on this list? This year coming up they play good opponents in San Marino and Montebello. Game they should probably win but still good opponents. Rowland, Temple City, Mt View, El Monte, Marshall, Gabby who lost to Marshall in the shootout, Rosemead without Nava now are all terrible! The only one we don’t know about is SEM… Worst case they’re 8-2 because of another cup cake schedule and they’ll get another easy road to the semis this year before they lose! They shouldn’t be on this list

  18. Greenie's Gravatar Greenie
    July 21, 2014 - 10:53 pm | Permalink


  19. July 21, 2014 - 9:51 pm | Permalink

    This is Karma coming back to bite SG on the back side for all those years of shady recruiting by the previous coaching staff. What happened to all the SG fans and former players on the MVS? You guys are pathetic!!! Back to the 20-30yrs of $#/! Football

  20. Really's Gravatar Really
    July 21, 2014 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Two comments for the Anonymous-Green experts. 1. Anonymous where do you get the M.V.L. is over Rated? Are you kidding. Many bloggers are local and give fish-wrap propaganda. As a league they are the Rodney Dangerfield’s of the San Gabriel Valley. “They don’t get any respect”. Yet, give Arroyo credit for 2 quarter finals and one Semi-final in the last 3 years. And 1 First down away from 2 semi-final games, Rosmead would have been a contender this year but Amat scooped up their QB and he may not even play a down all year. Remember, they pound the rock! Gabby lost to Rosemead by 1 point, Rosemead lost to Arroyo semi finalist by 4 point and the View went to O.T. and lost to Rosemeads, As well as loosing to Gabby by a score in the last few minuets. Rosemead had the most starting returners coming back. So go figure.
    Green Head, new year new banter. Do us a favor and just report on your Green-Machine from the Central- Division 5. You have the talent, but are you going to stay healthy taking the punishment of the Central Division. you will go to the playoffs but don’t know if you will go to the show? I am sure you know! Everyone missed you last year and wanted to see you eat Crow, but just got down on your hands knees to the Spirit of Paraclete. If you get past the quarters ,I will say you belong there, Its easy to talk B.S. when you have been king of the Pile for a long time. Now we will see who cleans your boot or who steps and squishes your mound.

  21. Wonka's Gravatar Wonka
    July 21, 2014 - 7:52 pm | Permalink

    My top 10 for the MidValley Division

    1. San Dimas- have to beat the champs
    2. Paraclete- Melquise Stovall
    3. Pomona-Return almost whole team
    4. Sierra Canyon- 15+ incoming transfers
    5. Montebello-with Mendibles back will be tough. 6. Baldwin Park- WR was an animal last year
    7.Covina- Solid run game with Smalley
    8. Duarte-ATHLETES!!
    9. Arroyo- good enough for MVL thats about it.
    10. Northview-Will have growing pains with a Freshman QB

  22. Wonka's Gravatar Wonka
    July 21, 2014 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    My top 10 for the MidValley Division

    1. San Dimas- have to beat the champs
    2. Paraclete- Melquise Stovall
    3. Pomona-Return almost whole team
    4. Sierra Canyon- 15+ incoming transfers
    5. Montebello-with Mendibles back will be tough
    7. Covina- Solid run game with Smalley

  23. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 21, 2014 - 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Mission valley is overrated, other than arroyo, who else can compete with the top teams

  24. mr football's Gravatar mr football
    July 21, 2014 - 5:57 pm | Permalink

    greenie u forgot about mission valley league and on your last note I think you still sad and mad about last season because your team didnt live up to potential and they finally did a great move and send you up divisions

  25. Greenie's Gravatar Greenie
    July 21, 2014 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I almost forgot. San Dimas and Paraclete should not be In this division anymore either.

  26. Greenie's Gravatar Greenie
    July 21, 2014 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Montebello, looked great against Los Altos at arroyo. They have a legitimate shot at winning. their league. After reviewing the Midvalley division.

    Greenie’s midvalley top ten..
    1 San Dimas
    2 Paraclete
    3 Pomona
    4 Montebello
    5 Covina
    6 Northview
    7 Sierra Canyon
    8 Duarte
    9 Viewpoint
    10 Baldwin Park
    From T. Peterson: No Arroyo?

  27. hp's Gravatar hp
    July 21, 2014 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    @peterson what’s the up Alhambra how are they looking?

  28. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 21, 2014 - 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Lol, that’s what happens when your keppel

  29. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    July 21, 2014 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Keppel should have beaten SG last season. An unsportsmanlike penalty after a Keppel TD pushed back the extra point attempt which they missed. SG-13 Keppel-12

  30. Northwest div's Gravatar Northwest div
    July 21, 2014 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not forget Cantwell in the NW Div.

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