The Peterson Principle: 11/16/14

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

Who has a better offense? San Marino or Crescenta Valley? Carson Glazier vs. Brian Gadsby. Break out the calculators and the last quarterback standing wins. Glazier has thrown 35 touchdown passes while piling up 2953 yards. He threw two last week in the win over Harvard-Westlake and seven the week before against Arcadia. Glazier has 2915 yards passing while firing 44 touchdowns including seven Friday night in a rout of Claremont.

Want receivers? Connor Van Ginkel, Gadsby’s favorite target, has 52 catches for 1047 yards and 12 scores. Glazier’s main man, JP Shohfi has 65 receptions for 1586 yards and 22 touchdowns.

The two teams seem to mirror each other. They both have high powered offenses with quarterbacks that rack up big numbers.

They both have big athletic receivers in Shohfi and Van Ginkel that are not only physical specimens but have a rare combination of speed and hands. And they both have solid tough running backs that do enough damage on the ground to keep defenses honest. Jonathan Jun has 13 touchdowns and 1107 yards for CV and Tennyson McFarlane has rushed for 792 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Titans.

The defenses do enough to get it done. The Falcons are soaring at 11-0 while San Marino is 9-2 (losses to Cal and Monrovia).

It just seems like an ideal matchup right now. It won’t happen with Crescenta Valley in the Southeast and San Marino in the Central but hey I can dream can’t I? Instead the Falcons will beat Paramount this week and the Titans will square off against Charter Oak. I won’t say San Marino wins but if I’m Lou Farrar and son the last thing I would do is take San Marino lightly.

Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson, Appalachian State beat Michigan and North Carolina State and Jimmy V beat Houston back in the day. And now, Salesian has beaten La Mirada. I’m still waiting for somebody to tell me it was a misprint. Biggest upset I’ve seen in the 15 years I’ve been covering High School football? I can’t think of a bigger one.

Norwalk shouldn’t have lost to Paramount, but it didn’t stun me. The Lancers struggled to beat Bellflower and Mayfair. Paramount is a similar team. It wasn’t close to the La Mirada debacle. Shock waves were reverberating through Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley Friday night after that one came down.

With the Suburban going down Bellflower doesn’t really have a beef anymore.

No, Muir hasn’t figured out Cathedral yet.

St. Francis quarterback Jeremiah Martin broke his collarbone Friday night in the Golden Knights win over Mayfair. Monrovia transfer Miles Bryant came on to finish up. Martin is questionable for this week’s second round battle with La Serna.

No shame in losing to Burbank but Vinnie Lopez, Andrew Perea and Isiah Araujo had me convinced that this was El Rancho’s year. Plus wasn’t Burbank’s season supposed to be over when James “Boobie” Williams went down?

No matter what level you play on, when you go 10-1 and win your conference (league) championship you go to the playoffs right? Apparently not if you play college football in Division II. The Azusa Pacific Cougars were informed Sunday that their season was over after doing just that. Was the selection committee aware that the Cougars have a guy named Terrell Watson that rushed for over 2000 yards?

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40

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