The Peterson Principle: 10/20/14

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

Didn’t you just know Muir would pick it up in the Pacific? When the Mustangs were 0-3 there was the talk that they had lost it, that they weren’t the same team, that they were now a bottom tier team in league. So much for that huh?

Since Pacific League started Muir has outscored its opponents by an average of over 32 points per game. The Mustangs dropped 56 last week on Arcadia and 42 two weeks ago on Burroughs. They beat Burbank, previously considered a league title contender, 31-0. Injuries have taken their toll on the Bulldogs but is was still surprising to see Muir simply brush them aside.

Chase Keough threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns last week and Taeon Mason can score in a heartbeat with a catch or a run. Since league started the Muir defense has pitched two shutouts and allowed just 30 points. The demise of Muir has been greatly exaggerated.

But the Stangs still have one more hurdle to clear and it is more like a mountain. Coming into town this Friday night is the Crescenta Valley Falcons- the undefeated Crescenta Valley Falcons. Unlike Muir there hasn’t been any doubts about this team. They finished 8-2 last year but somehow missed the playoffs. Now they have nearly everybody back including the Great Gadsby – aka Brian Gadsby who has thrown for 1915 yards and 20 touchdowns. No that’s not a typo. Connor Van Ginkle (759 yards) and Chase Walker have racked up over 1200 of those yards and 15 touchdowns between them.

You need a rushing game. How about Jonathan Jun who has ran for 698 yards and nine touchdowns.

There has been a perception in previous years that CV doesn’t play defense. Forget that notion in 2014. The Falcons have been locking down opponents all year. They have one shutout and have held opponents to 14 points or less five times.

So who wins? Can CV’s D hold down Muir? Can Muir do enough defensively to contain Gadsby and company? My guess is no either way. When the clock hits zeroes there will be a ton of points on the scoreboard. I’ll give my pick later this week but I will make one prediction. I’ll be on the sidelines to see it.

After starting the season 0-4 did I expect Rosemead to be 3-0 and alone in first place in the Mission Valley League? No, but when you see the way the Panthers are doing it its the Rosemead way. Former Rosemead HC Matt Koffler used to say if you can run the ball, play defense and are good on special teams you’ll win. The Panthers are running the ball, (250 yards last week), playing defense (shut out E Monte, allowed 14 points last week) and have been playing well on special teams. With the best of the MVL already out of the way, Mead should run the ball all they way to an undefeated league season.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40

32 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 10/20/14"

  1. joker's Gravatar joker
    October 24, 2014 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    @ just wondering, u say there no talent. Did ledesma think he was coming to a school ffull of D1 players? Its called coaching up players, thats what good coaches do. They squeez every ounce of talent out of there players.

  2. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    October 22, 2014 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The list of Rebels that were stand outs at SGHS is extensive. Even a few successful area coaches started in the Rebels program. Just putting that out there Ledesma.

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 22, 2014 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    CV may not have the fastest guy on the field but I believe you are grossly under estimating the speed they have and the ability to get the ball into their hand.

  4. matador's Gravatar matador
    October 21, 2014 - 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Bring back Keith jones

  5. sg's Gravatar sg
    October 21, 2014 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a problem with San Gabriel struggling this year but Ledesma its doing anything to improve it. He has not built a connection with the rosemead rebels which used to feed San Gabriel players. He hasn’t recruited on campus to get more kids out there. So how is he going to turn it around without players doesn’t matter how good of an x`s and o`s guy u are if u don’t have players. He was hired in March and he didn’t have staff in place which I blame him for cause u should have people in mind who u would hire if given the head coaching position.

  6. Matador's Gravatar Matador
    October 21, 2014 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    @Just wondering Idk what u see Ledesma. I know San Gabriel doesn’t have the talent like before. But how is he changing the program and help building it by not having a jv team and 18 on a freshman team. If he struggled on the varsity and was focusing on the lower levels I would be fine with it but all he is doing is collecting a pay check. If he was really trying to rebuild he would at the San Gabriel recruiting all the freshman he can to play football.

  7. Just Wondering's Gravatar Just Wondering
    October 21, 2014 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I never said he was a mastermind, didn’t at all believe that. Hats off to the coaches for sticking through it and being dedicated to the team! It is hard when right before the season the DC leaves and says I don’t want to do this after all and when they are only dressing about 30-35 kids for varsity how many can you afford to play on Thursday in a JV game? They are thin already what if in the JV game a couple guys get hurt and now your under the 30 mark in terms of players suiting up Fri. That is not fair to anyone in that program! I’m actually not saying it is anyone’s fault! I was saying it is unfair to completely blame Coach for this only. It is not his fault, it is not the players fault, I agree with the admin part you stated because that could have been handled much better!! I just believe the players are not good enough to compete with anyone this year, and that is okay!! I was just upset with the fact everyone is blaming him only for it! They are going to lose to Mark Keppel! Not because they will be out-coached or out-schemed, or not because the players are not going to play hard they will just be undermanned and not be the more talented team that night. They just are not a good team, period! Not any one person’s fault, just an unfortunate circumstance for a program that is not too far removed from being good.

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 21, 2014 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Let me live in Dream World for a sec…and imagine if Muir had reeled in or kept these home town products:

    Darick Holmes (Newbury Park)
    Darnay Holmes (Newbury Park)
    Desean Holmes (Alemany)
    Elijah Gates (Alemany)
    Marvel Tell (Crespi)
    TJ Brumfield (Crespi)
    David Long (Loyola)
    Myles Bryant (Loyola)
    Matt Riordan (Loyola–but he would have likely played at PHS)
    Tyler Vaughns (Bishop Amat–who played LL in Pasadena and whose parents are Muir grads)
    Josh Benson (Arcadia, not flashy but solid LB type)
    Dylan Crawford (St. Francis–a stretch I know, but lives in the area)

    And now I woke up. It sure is nice to dream sometimes.

    And while I’m not saying all of those kids would have gone to Muir, I am saying that that part of town is littered with great football talent.

  9. joker's Gravatar joker
    October 21, 2014 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    @just wondering, so your saying its the players fault at SG abd not the pop warner coaching staff. Ladesmas a master mind of a OC? Not from what ive witnessed. Hes a horrible HC thats way over his head. He talks of a rebuilding a program with no JV squad and a freshman team with 18 kids and 2 coaches. I blame the admin for waiting until july to hire this clown whos never been a HC and now i see why

  10. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    October 21, 2014 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    I heard former SG standout Arthur Brown was coaching the SG freshmen team?

  11. The Mead's Gravatar The Mead
    October 21, 2014 - 7:10 am | Permalink

    We got this or league title is all wrapped up. Cif is now our next challenege. League Cahmps!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 20, 2014 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Glenoaks, no way is Muir beating CV by 24. I see it as 10 or less…but I guess we’ll find out who’s right on Friday!

  13. looking glass's Gravatar looking glass
    October 20, 2014 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Keppel gives alhambra a good game but losses. Keppel beats San Gabriel. First league win in 20 yrs!

  14. elrancho's Gravatar elrancho
    October 20, 2014 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Ledesma is a wing-t mastermind, but he needs the right kids, from what I hear the cupboard was pretty empty.. Give him 2 more years to see what he can actually do.

  15. keppel's Gravatar keppel
    October 20, 2014 - 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Ledesma needs to stick to running the wing t because it is what he knows and is comfortable with it. Another thing he should do is have the lower level times run the wing t always.

  16. Glenoaks's Gravatar Glenoaks
    October 20, 2014 - 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Year after year CV plays a cupcake preseason and this year is no exception. They are a soft 7-0 Greenie is right time to get off the Falcon bus. Year after year muir have big slow offensive linemen, not this year they are more athletic than I have ever seen. Muir by 24.

  17. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    October 20, 2014 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Is Andy V. giving up on the Central rankings after last week. Come on Andy give it another shot, each week it’ll get clearer.

  18. Just Wondering's Gravatar Just Wondering
    October 20, 2014 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

    @San Gabriel
    What do they have the linemen to do? They have tried Wing T, have tried Pro Style, have tried Spread. I don’t think they have the line to do anything honestly! So might as well trust what you believe in right?

  19. keppel's Gravatar keppel
    October 20, 2014 - 6:59 pm | Permalink

    @peterson does keppel get its first almont league win in 15 years this week against Alhambra?

  20. San Gabriel's Gravatar San Gabriel
    October 20, 2014 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Ledesma needs to recruit the rosemead rebels. @just wondering u got to say San Gabriel doesn’t have the lineman to run the wing t.

  21. Aztec's Gravatar Aztec
    October 20, 2014 - 6:46 pm | Permalink

    @peterson wasnt that Ledesma’s main to goal to have a jv team.

  22. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 20, 2014 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Muir-CV will be a great matchup. Muir’s dominant D vs. CV’s high-flying O will be the matchup to watch all night, and the game will likely be decided by who wins Muir’s O or CV’s D…whichever can best the other.

    If the turnover margin is slim to none, I think Muir has the edge. They’ve played better teams to prepare them for this game and they have the speed factor, of course. Also their special teams can give them great field position as it did vs. Burbank. CV needs to get creative this Friday on offense and not be pass-happy. If they can get Jun going they have a great shot, because pass defense is Muir’s strength on D, well that and containing the outside edges on run plays. CV needs misdirection and counters to play against Muir’s aggressiveness.

    I can’t see CV lighting up the scoreboard through the air, because Cathedral tried it and simply couldn’t make it happen, and they literally scrapped it and went to the Wing-T…which shocked me. And Muir shut that down as well.

    Like I said though, it should be a great one!

  23. Just Wondering's Gravatar Just Wondering
    October 20, 2014 - 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Leave Coach Ledezma alone! I think he is doing a great job!!! If you haven’t noticed they don’t exactly have any good players right now! And although the Wing-T is not exciting that is something this coach believes in and kudos to Coach Ledezma for sticking with what he believes in and he feels is best! SG can not throw the way they used too, for the QB they have right now it would not be fair to him to have to put the ball in the air consistently. It is not his strength and the skill outside is below average at best!! They struggle making catches and creating separation from defenders! Saying the cupboard was bare when coach arrived at SG is an understatement!!! Just glad to see someone was willing to come in and work towards changing the culture there, not run when things got bad!!

  24. Aztec's Gravatar Aztec
    October 20, 2014 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    @peterson does San Gabriel have a jv team?
    From T. Peterson: From what I’ve been told, no they don’t.

  25. annonymous's Gravatar annonymous
    October 20, 2014 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Calling all Rosemead Panther players, do not be complacent, be careful as even the best get beaten by the worst teams at any level. Play every game 110%, every down play hard, and if you can’t then get out so another player may. Stay focused, do not overlook anyone.

  26. San Gabriel's Gravatar San Gabriel
    October 20, 2014 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    San Gabriel is a mess not now would not be surprised to see Ledesma leave after one season.

  27. dog's Gravatar dog
    October 20, 2014 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    @nwo the wing T isn’t exciting anyone cause they can’t score and for that matter Ledesma offense can barely move the ball.

  28. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    October 20, 2014 - 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Will SGs HC Ledesma be one and done? That school turned into a passing program the last 10 seasons, and changing to a Wing-T program isn’t exciting anyone in the youth programs in the area.

  29. Greenie's Gravatar Greenie
    October 20, 2014 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Muir Is going to beat CV. I would sell my CV stock right now….CV is too slow. Their preseason didn’t feature one team with speed…Not one! Friday it’s going to look like CV is playing the game with 5 lbs ankle weights on. They have a fluffy 7-0 record. I think they are good team, but not the shell shock factor will be on Friday. As physical as they are…Muir’s speed will bother them, and they will win by 7 again.

  30. Los Halcones's Gravatar Los Halcones
    October 20, 2014 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Scoreboard will be lit up but in favor of the falcons this friday night

  31. Mid Valley Maven's Gravatar Mid Valley Maven
    October 20, 2014 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Many High School teams can do well with a strong air attack alone, during preseason and league. It’s the rigors of the playoffs which demand a good ground game and special teams competence.

  32. falcon's Gravatar falcon
    October 20, 2014 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    @Peterson what is happening at duarte? There were expectations on this time and they have failed to live to them or any were close.

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