The Peterson Principle: 9/12/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

I received a text Saturday reading “I went to the Duarte game last night and they’re the real deal. We are back!”

The text was from somebody who should know – former Duarte HC Wardell Crutchfield.

The Falcons under new coach James Heggins to appear to be on their way back. They beat Windward 14-7 at home in the opener and then pounded Montclair 44-20 Friday night on the road.

Duarte finished 1-9 a year ago under Travis Brown, who is now at Cantwell. Heggins returned to Baldwin Park last season after taking three years off and led to the Braves back to the playoffs, but then stepped down to take over at Duarte.

The Falcons have had their struggles since Crutchfield was dismissed after the 2008 season. Duarte went 6-6 overall in Crutchfield’s final year advancing to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Monrovia. This completed a successful four year run in which Duarte had a winning record and Crutchfield had several players go on to play at Division 1 schools, including offensive lineman Mike Harris who played at UCLA.

The Falcons also went to the Mid-Valley Division semi finals in 2006 but after the 2008 season, Duarte decided to “go in a different direction.” It appears it was the wrong direction. The Falcons have made the playoffs just once in the last seven years (2013 under Jason Martin) and have a record of 21-49 over that span.

Now Heggins is in to try to restore order and with a 2-0 record it looks like he’s off to a good start. The Falcons have Mt. View this week followed by Whittier Christian and Maranatha before opening Montview League play October 7.

The Falcons are led by quarterback Devon Hemsley who stands 6’3” and has a year of experience under his belt after playing all of last season as a sophomore.

Look out. As Crutchfield says, the Falcons may indeed be back.


Yes, I expected more out of Downey but despite making several mistakes, committing penalties and struggling offensively the Vikings still beat a Burbank team that crushed Monrovia two weeks ago. As ugly as it was Downey and head coach Jack Williams will take it.


We knew Arroyo would have a rough time with Hart so the 39-0 rout Friday night wasn’t a shock. “We got beat in every phase. The better team won…clearly. We moved the ball and then stalled, got three turnovers but did nothing with it,” said Arroyo HC Jim Singiser. “I did find some answers about guys that will compete through adversity.”

Hey we understand. La Mirada got beat 48-0…by Mater Dei. So do the Matadores still remain number one in the Mid Valley Writers Poll?


Yes we left out Muir in the Top 20. The Stangs beat a down Compton team and we don’t know anything about Desert Oasis (Las Vegas). We’ll see what happens this week against a solid La Salle team.


Note to Dave Roberts: If your pitcher is throwing a perfect game through seven innings, leave him in the game. I don’t care if his arm is falling off. It’s a once in a lifetime thing.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

18 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 9/12/2016"

  1. LM Dad's Gravatar LM Dad
    September 14, 2016 - 9:21 pm | Permalink


    Having put several kids through the program I’ve seen both the highs and lows and right now we are experiencing a high.

    At the end of the day our philosophies are different. The Lancers haveindeed been very successful in the last 5 years.

    So what if we won with transfers. We admit we have them and they have contributed greatly to our success. And we aren’t the only program in the area who has transfers. And you act like La Serna has never had transfers? C’mon man, we all know that you have had them.

    Good luck with St. Francis this weekend. They are a good team, their QB is good and they are well coached but like you guys proved last year they are beatable.

  2. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    September 14, 2016 - 9:04 pm | Permalink

    @LM Dad
    No problem brother, I have family in LM and I wanted them to win State.

    You guys have a great program and get guys to the next level…

    Congratulations on a great 2015 Season, CIF and State Championship!

  3. @Maverick's Gravatar @Maverick
    September 14, 2016 - 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Dude chill. No need to call out other teams. Not an LM fan by any means but you’re not doing your school any favors by making stupid comments.

  4. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    September 14, 2016 - 5:14 pm | Permalink

    @LM Dad
    I understand what you’re talking about, but I think you guys should play teams like Narbonne, Mission Viejo, etc… We schedule teams that we can compete with and our record proves this.

    You guys got us last year, I have one thing to say “TRANSFERS”

    Regarding our record in the last 5 years, we are the best team in the area hands-down… 4 trips to the finals, 1 in the semi and 1 CIF southeast Championship, all with local talent…

  5. LMDad's Gravatar LMDad
    September 14, 2016 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    We don’t pretend to be in the same class as SJB and MD. However, playing up instead of scheduling cupcakes has helped our program get better. This methodology has also worked for other schools in our area including La Habra and La Serna.

    What schools does your team schedule for non-league? And yes, we do have a state championship. What does your team have? A certificate for finishing in 4th place for 5 consecutive years?

  6. HOT ROD's Gravatar HOT ROD
    September 13, 2016 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Ray Caldwell was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in 1919, who was struck by lighting, was knocked out for 5 minutes, refused to leave and finished the complete game. A month later he threw a no hitter. Dave Roberts need to learn a thing or two from the old timers

  7. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    September 13, 2016 - 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Why would you guys even schedule Bosco and Mater Dei? You think you’re in their same class? GET REAL… Oh, I forgot you are State Champs, Lol…

  8. LM Dad's Gravatar LM Dad
    September 13, 2016 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

    @On The Mat:
    Let me see if I have this right. Because we were shut out by the #3 and #4 teams in the country that our playoff chances are shaky at this early part of the season? Despite that we only scored 8 and 7 points against these same 2 teams last year on our way to a state championship you are concerned? You might be, I’m not.

  9. Pacific's Gravatar Pacific
    September 13, 2016 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    Bell Grande–Damn. You got me pegged. Lol.

  10. On the Mat's Gravatar On the Mat
    September 13, 2016 - 12:12 am | Permalink

    The two La Mirada losses to Bosco and MD can be written off as what was expected, but the fact that these losses were shutouts is cause for concern. Getting shutout means your team was largely unable to sustain drives, and that is the death knell for such a squad’s playoff chances. Thus, wherever MVS cares to rate the Mats, it does not change the fact that things are looking shaky for the La Mirada contingent.

  11. Bell Grande's Gravatar Bell Grande
    September 12, 2016 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha…Pacific, you’re definitely a coach. Honestly, you sound like their fast talking sleezy head coach.

  12. theurenaexpress's Gravatar theurenaexpress
    September 12, 2016 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    All Dave Roberts cares about is winning the World Series (dense sarcasm)

  13. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    September 12, 2016 - 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I think the best game of the week will be La Serna vs St. Francis, you can beat watching the game in a brand new stadium.

  14. Muirmustang's Gravatar Muirmustang
    September 12, 2016 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    What game are you going to Friday? A lot of great opinions. I’m predicting Muir by 5 points.
    It will be 12-7 Muir or 37-32 muir

  15. Sports Dad's Gravatar Sports Dad
    September 12, 2016 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    It’s time to bring back the Monrovia-Duarte game.

  16. Pacific's Gravatar Pacific
    September 12, 2016 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    The Muir/LS game should be a doozy. West side vs. East side. Public vs. Private. Old power vs. Rising program. It seems like a real “other side of the tracks” kind of game. Can’t wait for it!

    I do have to ask though, and if you guys have already explained please forgive me. But why was LS left out of the “Grand 50” list. They are an up-and-coming program in a tough league that includes two other teams on the “Grand 50” (Cathedral and SF.) Is it because they don’t get enough clicks? Or because Andy “The Devil” Villanueva is an alumnus? Now that I think about it though, I’m pretty sure I know that answer. Lol.

  17. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    September 12, 2016 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Tim, Dave Roberts had a very tough choice to make. But with a fragile blister and starting only his 3rd game since joining the Dodgers 41 days ago, it was the right decision for the team and their playoff aspirations. There are a hundred what ifs that could have happened and all of them worked against the perfect game from happening. A no hitter would not have been much more likely. The fact that this is twice in one season that Roberts has taken away a potential no hitter away from one of his pitchers makes it even more improbable. If Hill makes his next start with no blister problem I think it will prove Roberts made the right decision and hopefully Hill and Stripling have the stuff to get into that position again as Dodgers.
    From T. Peterson: When I was a kid pitchers threw complete games regardless of the situation. There were no closers, or middle relief guys or specialists. We hiked five miles through two inches of snow just to get to school!!

  18. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    September 12, 2016 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Tim P, I know you are kidding but I disagree. If a pitcher’s arm is falling off, I would take him out for the simple fact, a career is more important than a perfect game.

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