The Peterson Principle: 9/19/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

The Trojans spent all week preparing for Christian McCaffrey so who scores the first touchdown and goes 56 yards untouched to the end zone? Christian McCaffrey of course.

Who racks up 260 yards in total offense including 165 yards on the ground? Who else? McCaffrey. If this was USC’s game plan to shut down the Heisman Trophy candidate and beat Stanford I would hate to see the plan that didn’t focus on him.

There were a lot of questions on defense but the offense had its woes as well. Why were the Trojans running the ball on third and long?

1-2 already, with its only win over Utah State, things don’t get any easier for the Trojans who have to travel to Utah Friday night.


I kept expecting something bad to happen to the Rams on Sunday – a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown or a missed assignment that led to a 70-yard Russell Wilson touchdown pass…something. I mean after all, this was the Rams…not the St. Louis Rams but the Los Angeles Rams. There was no way the Rams could win on just Greg the Leg was there? Well they did and as butt ugly as it was a win is a win and they’ll take it. Pete Carroll has more to rant and rave about this week than the officials calls. That Seahawk offense set back football nearly 50 years. Or as I’m sure Gregg Williams would say. “It was the Ram defense.”


Joe T.'s High School football novel is available through “A literary snapshot of what goes on over the course of a high school football season…an awesome read and a story that truly will transcend time.”—Jim Singiser, AD/HC Arroyo Knights Football “Thrill, dread, anxiety, love, agony, success, and failure; basically all the emotions you feel as a football player/coach as you do in life, all wrapped up in a single book.”—Marc Paramo, HC Rosemead Panthers Football “I read the book and really enjoyed it a great deal. I would think coaches and parents could Learn a lot.”—John “Coach” Kentera, former sports talk host at Mighty 690 & Mighty 1090

Joe T.’s High School football novel is available through
“A literary snapshot of what goes on over the course of a high school football season…an awesome read and a story that truly will transcend time.”—Jim Singiser, AD/HC Arroyo Knights Football
“Thrill, dread, anxiety, love, agony, success, and failure; basically all the emotions you feel as a football player/coach as you do in life, all wrapped up in a single book.”—Marc Paramo, HC Rosemead Panthers Football
“I read the book and really enjoyed it a great deal. I would think coaches and parents could Learn a lot.”—John “Coach” Kentera, former sports talk host at Mighty 690 & Mighty 1090

Speaking of the Rams, never in my lifetime did I think a Temple City football team would get beat 75-7. Regardless of the opponent, that shouldn’t happen. South Hills, South Carolina or South Alabama… that just shouldn’t take place when TC is the opponent. What’s going on down on Temple City Blvd? In four games the Rams have been outscored 201-29.


Has Los Altos’ Tyler Nevens ever had a bad game? I mean ever? In his life?


There’s still plenty of discussion about who should be the number one team in the Mid-Valley Top 20. With La Mirada losing two games we were getting the messages from the blog people that the Matadores should be demoted. But you have to give the Mats credit bouncing back from losses to behemoths St. John Bosco and Mater Dei to beat a solid San Clemente team 43-14. La Mirada now starts league play and won’t lose another game this year. The only question remaining now is will head coach Mike Moschetti call off the dogs and empty his bench in the third quarter or wait until the fourth. I want to see La Mirada and Buena Park battle in the playoffs. Imagine the internet explosions!


If you get a chance go see La Salle’s Amon Milliner do so. The kid is worth the price of admission. Actually the entire La Salle team is worth the price of admission. Russell Gordon has something special going on with the Lancers this year.


Did you know that after last Friday night’s game Sierra Canyon (5-0) has already played more than half of its schedule? The Trailblazers started on August 19 in Utah and have a nine game schedule. Mid season and its still 100 degrees outside.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

40 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 9/19/2016"

  1. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    September 23, 2016 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    @SoCal, Amen! If parents and fans continue to remind little Johnny his TC team is not going to win because his school has too many Asians than they are not going to win. San Marino has proven year after year that you can win regardless of the demographics if you have the right coach who is able to instill a winning culture and program. Yes, there aren’t too many of those around but they are out there. Another reason why TC doesn’t win, and this is perhaps the biggest reason, is their Junior All American youth program. For years, it was run by people (maybe it still is) who have very little knowledge about football and was in it for their ego. Hence, the high school suffers because this kids have no clue how to play the game the right way. The kids in the program have been losing all their lives and it is all they know. TC, clean up your youth program and hire the right coach for the high school and there is no way to go but up.

  2. September 23, 2016 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    If you start making excuses you don’t have a chance. If you give the kids any feeling or excuse to lose they will. I see some school that should not win, win. I see school that should win, lose. TC can win, but it is okay for the admin. to let them lose. It all starts at the top. That is why Arroyo will beat South El Monte. The coach told them in the summer that they can not beat Arroyo, so they will not beat Arroyo.

  3. nice's Gravatar nice
    September 23, 2016 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    I’m happy to see we have at least 1 rep from LM and LS respectively that respect one another’s programs. I hope to see LS pull out an “upset” against Tesoro. I hear it is Tesoro’s homecoming as well.

  4. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    September 23, 2016 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    @my 2 cents
    Perhaps you’re not from around here and haven’t noticed what’s happened in the last 10 years. Just using the link provided by Arcasia, which does in fact show Arcadia’s school population to be 69% compared to TC’s 66%, but they also have a student body of 3500 compared to TC’s 2200. But while we’re at it let’s look at the other schools in our area shall we? San Marino 59% asian, So. Pas 40% asian, La Canada 27% Asian, and here’s the great one, this site shows Monrovia has 0% asian and 0% african american. Really? According to this site Monrovia has no african americans? So while you can find a web site to support any point of view you have, I’ll stick by my statement that demographics are a “CONTRIBUTING FACTOR” to the downfall of TC football.

  5. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    September 23, 2016 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    @Arcasia, thanks for the links. I was just eyeballing it but that 68% at AHS once again proves you can win in football regardless of the demographics.

  6. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    September 22, 2016 - 8:40 pm | Permalink

    @Rams Fan, really? Arcadia, San Marino, and La Canada’s Asian demographic isn’t close to TC? Than clearly you haven’t been to those school or take a walk around those neighborhoods lately.

  7. Arcasia's Gravatar Arcasia
    September 22, 2016 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Are you seriously suggesting that, at 65%, TCHS’s Asian students make up a dramatically bigger cohort than their counterparts at Arcadia High?

  8. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    September 22, 2016 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    @MY 2 CENTS
    Demographics are not even close to being similar. Temple City is now at 65% Asian. Arcadia, LaCanada, So. Pas, Monrovia, San Marino are not even close. Demographics are not an excuse, only a contributing factor to the down fall of a once elite program.

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 - 5:24 am | Permalink

    Band teacher at Rosemead had so much hate she would laugh when Rosemead would get penalized for playing during the opposite team line up on offense, she didn’t care , I hope the Rosemead Admin bring another band teacher . she only plays the same 2 songs any way

  10. Seriously's Gravatar Seriously
    September 21, 2016 - 9:32 pm | Permalink

    @my two cents transfers are part of high school athletics. We can all thank CIF for their lack of enforcement of private schools poaching from publics. I think you would be surprised how many kids at Arcadia have gone to Arcadia schools and live in Arcadia. Say what you will, La Salle and St. Francis regularly recruit out of Arcadia so don’t blame the school for doing something about that. A few years ago 5 players transferred out to La Salle and were all declared immediately eligible by CIF. As a parent I can say the coaches teach the game and work with the kids that show up. Maybe you should spend a little time on the campus and you will see why kids want to go there. Good coaches, support from the school and top notch academics.

  11. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    September 21, 2016 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Have you eaten at Rosemead’s snack bar? I can’t believe there is much $ to fight over. I’ve seen better at Little League fields.

  12. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    September 21, 2016 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Arcadia recruits and San Marino wins with home grown talent. Two different road maps that are both effective with the same demographics. Bottom line with these two schools is they now have good coaches. If you guys want to make excuses, be my guest but also take a look at the other RHL teams: South Pas and La Canada. Again, similar demographics, they may not win year in and year out but I doubt they would lose to South Hills 75-7.

  13. September 21, 2016 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    Rosemead band director and football fighting over the snack bar money. It’s the age old battle, who’s gets the dough

  14. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    September 21, 2016 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    SC Parent:

    You can’t be serious with that “Mission Prep saw our film and is afraid to play us”?

    Haha! Good one!

  15. San Dimas Fan's Gravatar San Dimas Fan
    September 20, 2016 - 11:57 pm | Permalink

    @sc parent Dang! You should check SDs max preps. But forget that maybe SC should consider La Mirada’s scheduling example and go for Bosco and Mater Dei. That would be quite a jump and impressive.

  16. SC parent's Gravatar SC parent
    September 20, 2016 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    @ San Dimas Fan with all due respect to your team I believe our coaches are looking for a top 25 team , maybe Calabasas . Your team last year was a very good and worthy opponent I have nothing but respect for you and your players. Im sorry that your season has started off so bad . Good Luck the rest of the year

  17. San Dimas Fan's Gravatar San Dimas Fan
    September 20, 2016 - 9:09 pm | Permalink

    @SC dad can your coaches reach out to San Dimas? Our preseason has been pitiful, we would love another crack at Sierra Canyon in the preseason. We will never see you in the playoffs again. I’m sure it would be great game.

  18. Sc parent's Gravatar Sc parent
    September 20, 2016 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Also @ To Tim Peterson thanks for acknowledging that we have played half our schedule already .Sierra Canyon has really not had a break yet we have been practicing since before Trump and Hillary announced there candidicy LOL. So instead of the #1 spot how about #1.5

  19. Sc parent's Gravatar Sc parent
    September 20, 2016 - 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again to Maverick for placing Sierra Canyon @ #2 . It will always be my opinion that based off of what we have done to the teams we are scheduled to play .We can’t help if the bigger programs won’t play us. Found out that the reason Mission Prep is forfeiting the game this week is they looked at our tape and are to afraid to play us What value is Mission prep teaching its kids. I guess from now on all coaches schedule your games based off the ones you think you can win. Hopefully with us having played in Utah on a zero week we can play then My son told me we are looking at Calabasas which would be great. Either way we want a top25 school . one last point about SC I hope everyone looks at the fact that not are we a good football program our last graduating class had 5 of 8 graduating football players going to Ivy league schools and the year Pryor I believe we had 4 going to Ivy school. We are students first .That should always account for something

  20. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    September 20, 2016 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    @anonymous… relationship between band leader and athletics/admin not good….

  21. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    why is it Rosemead band teacher decided not to play at football games?

  22. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    September 20, 2016 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Bands exist at a school almost exclusively to support football, because they re-create the ancient rite of musicians leading warriors into battle. I’m glad the kids have something to do so they aren’t out making trouble, but let’s not pretend that bands are an end in themselves; football is what made them happen.

  23. Band's Gravatar Band
    September 20, 2016 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    Band is important. Music, drama, and all the arts programs are important. They are every bit as important as the sports programs. They might be important to different kids, or there might be some overlap. I really don’t understand why people here act like a strong music program is a shameful thing.

    It’s really amazing how much things have changes in Arcadia. In my day, the city’s junior highs were 7-9, and the HS was 10-12. Each junior high had a tackle football team, which meant that Arcadia’s varsity was fed not only by a JV team, but by three freshman teams. Each junior high also had a pretty good band. I was part of both, and each was a valuable experience.

  24. LMDad's Gravatar LMDad
    September 20, 2016 - 8:22 am | Permalink


    One more thing. You guys WILL beat Tesoro.

  25. LMDad's Gravatar LMDad
    September 20, 2016 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    5 or 6 is where I’d put the Lancers as well. LS should finish the Del Rio with no losses and LM should finish Suburban with no losses.

    Could you imagine another LM-LS playoff game? 🙂

  26. Fan's Gravatar Fan
    September 19, 2016 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    @MTC—Arcadia has nearly 4K students but it is not fielding any semblance of a true frosh or JV team. The numbers are not there. But the band is HUGE!

  27. Dream Season's Gravatar Dream Season
    September 19, 2016 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    It wasn’t just one year for San Marino. They were the clear #2 in the RHL for awhile, to the point where there was no suspense at all about half of the league’s positions, while the other half of the league sorted of 3-5. A good coach, administrative support, and stability make a huge difference, no matter what the demographics are.

    Funny thing about demographics: CV is a lot more diverse than Arcadia and Glendale. The latter two have not had much success tapping into the dominant demographic on campus, and thus they are effectively small schools as far as football is concerned (though Arcadia has found a workaround). Both of those groups have a significant, but much smaller, presence at CV, and each has made significant contributions on the gridiron. Obviously assimilation happens a lot slower in a monocultural environment.

  28. Joe Credentials's Gravatar Joe Credentials
    September 19, 2016 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Exactly Tim boy. La Salle worth the price of admission. Now tell that to JT.

  29. @My Two Cents's Gravatar @My Two Cents
    September 19, 2016 - 9:35 pm | Permalink

    San Marino- Dream Season
    Arcadia- Transfers
    Yeah, it’s a problem.

  30. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    September 19, 2016 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    @mytwocents…. Arcadia recruits. San Marino does deserve credit for keeping their local athletes from enrolling in the private and independent schools which has led to recent success. But even their coach will tell you they had a small window to have real success (last year), kudos to him and his staff for getting it done.

  31. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    September 19, 2016 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who thinks demographic at TC is a problem need not look any further than San Marino and Arcadia. It’s not the demographic as much as no one wants to play in a losing culture.

  32. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    September 19, 2016 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks brother, would like to put LS in the 5 or 6 spot but people will think I’m being a homer. Just giving SC credit for their record (great 5-0 start) Man we played St Francis tough…the penalties killed us. We will be there in the playoffs!

  33. LM Dad's Gravatar LM Dad
    September 19, 2016 - 7:38 pm | Permalink


    I think you have your Lancers way too low and Sierra Canyon too high.

  34. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    September 19, 2016 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been saying for years the demographics was killing football in Temple City. With a student population of over 2,000 this year how else can you explain the lack of a JV team? Only frosh and varsity. The other 2 points you mentioned are also valid.

  35. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 19, 2016 - 6:23 pm | Permalink

    arroyo rox

  36. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    September 19, 2016 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Think LM still deserves the # 1 spot, you need to consider who they played and what they did last year.

    Here’s my picks of the top 10

    1. La Mirada
    2. Sierra Canyon
    3. Cathedral
    4. St. Francis
    5. Buena Park
    6. Charter Oak
    7. Los Altos
    8. Northview
    9. Downey
    10. La Serna

  37. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    September 19, 2016 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    @Fan, intelligent post.

  38. Fan's Gravatar Fan
    September 19, 2016 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

    (1) A demographic that does not understand let alone play football, (2) lack of a youth football program to develop and feed the school directly and (3) a growing concern/awareness of long term head trauma caused by football that is causing even parents that love the sport to question their own kids’ participation. That is what has happened to TC (oh, and they have had about 5 different HCs in a short period of time!). And that phenomena will not stop at TC…..

  39. GOAT's Gravatar GOAT
    September 19, 2016 - 1:08 pm | Permalink


  40. Inside Job's Gravatar Inside Job
    September 19, 2016 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    “Pete Carroll has more to rant and rave about this week than the officials calls.”

    That’s no surprise, considering we just acknowledged the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

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