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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40.