The Peterson Principle: 9/26/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

“You probably picked Glendora didn’t you,” West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore said to me late in the game Friday night with his Bulldogs up 30-13.

“No coach, actually I picked you guys.,” I replied. “Oh you did? Thanks I appreciate that,” Maggiore said.

Yeah I picked them but a lot of people haven’t been lately. Henry Martinez, who figured to be the Bulldogs feature back, was injured three weeks ago in a 42-7 loss to St. Francis. Martinez missed the entire season last year as well with an injury and it put a severe strain on what West Covina likes to do – pound the football.

The L to St. Francis was the second straight blow out defeat for Westco who was belted by Colony 49-14 in the season opener. Martinez was out, the Bulldogs were 0-2 and many thought that Maggiore’s crew was cooked. Now suddenly it’s a different outlook.

Joe T.'s High School football novel is available through Amazon.com “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 Amazon.com
“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

West Covina had other guys to run the ball (don’t they always?) and now they were needed.

“We just needed them to step up and they have,” Maggiore said after win over Glendora Friday night. “It’s what we do and we’ve been good at it.”

Yes they are. They racked up over 200 yards on the ground against Glendora in what was the Bulldogs third straight victory since the St. Francis debacle. The beat South Hills 35-8 followed by a 24-13 win over Schurr and the 30-13 win over the Tartans.

Guys like Anthony Ramiro (140 pounds soaking wet), Noah Northey and Andrew Rodriguez have all filled in for the injured Martinez. Ramiro had close to 100 yards Friday night while Rodriguez had touchdown run and Northey scored twice.

“Northey’s my bruiser and Ramiro has done a great job of always moving the ball forward,” Maggiore said.

Friday night Maggiore used six different players to carry the ball. “It’s kind of by committee right now,” Maggiore said.

Three straight victories and the running game is not missing a beat. After a bye week the Bulldogs will face Charter Oak, a team that struggled to beat South Hills last week and is missing its starting quarterback. West Covina is definitely back and ready to contend for the Hacienda League title. Was there ever a question?

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Give me a running clock on all levels. High school has it already but college and the NFL should follow suit. When it’s 45-0 in the fourth quarter nobody benefits from the clock stopping on incomplete passes, exchange of possessions, out of bounds plays etc. The chance of injury is greater and everybody in the stadium is thinking “will somebody please just end this?” If both coaches agree, implement a running clock when the score differential is 35 or more in the fourth quarter. Sitting through the final quarter of Azusa Pacific’s 64-14 rout of Simon Fraser when the clock stopped on seemingly every down was brutal. Please, this needs to happen.

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Speaking of brutal Fantasy Football is the worst. I had four running backs to start the season and all of them are out…yes OUT with injuries. Is Marshawn Lynch available? Eric Dickerson? Cullen Bryant? Anybody?

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

11 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 9/26/2016"

  1. Free The Scrubs's Gravatar Free The Scrubs
    September 28, 2016 - 11:21 pm | Permalink

    You can’t ask the backups to not play. Keeping the starters in for too long, trick plays, onside kicks and fake punts…I have no respect for coaches who do that. But if the reserves play hard and score anyway, so be it.

    As for the league situation, I think a lot of coaches might be better off putting their starters through a hard practice at three, and then playing the backups and JVs at night. If (or when) a team like Monrovia has (or had0 designs on a CIF title, their starters got no benefit from playing Blair, especially compared to the risk of a random injury.

  2. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    September 28, 2016 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

    You are putting the blame on coaches who schedule teams out of their depth? What do you do when those teams are in your league? And you pull your starters after a quarter and half and strictly run the ball with your 2’s and 3’s? You can’t tell these kids to quit trying

  3. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    September 28, 2016 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    @Clock Talk

    If the game is that bad, the game would have already switched because if the netwoek can not produce an agreed upon amount of viewers then they have to give the advertisers “Give Backs” and runn the ads for free in another game. So run the clock and spare us the pain

  4. sport's Gravatar sport
    September 28, 2016 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    every year Monrovia post highlights of their games, where are they ?
    Hey did Greenie move out of state?

  5. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    September 28, 2016 - 5:28 am | Permalink

    @Just A Thought….
    Sometimes it is difficult. I watched a game where a team lost 71-0 a few weeks ago and the losing team did not punt the ball once. NOT ONCE!!! Even after the team cleared the bench, they managed to score. The opponent received the ball at the 30-40 yard line in 4 straight series after being up by 40+. What is that team suppose to do? Take a knee? That’s worse than running up the score.

  6. Sports Dad's Gravatar Sports Dad
    September 27, 2016 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Clemson played 12 minute quarters the second half against South Carolina State and Missouri one upped that and played the 2ND half against Delaware State with 10 minute quarters. I know it gives the small schools a nice check but call me stupid but why not have Clemson play Mizzou and Delaware and South Carolina State play eachother instead. But point is they do shorten the games in College. It will never happen in the NFL.

  7. Just A Thought....'s Gravatar Just A Thought....
    September 27, 2016 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I actually hate running clock. It only exists because a minority of coaches are complete a-holes. It’s really easy not to run up the score–empty your bench, run the ball, run a vanilla defense when way ahead or way down. Running time takes the opportunity away for hardworking backup players and developing young players to get meaningful snaps. Think I read somewhere in the comments section that one game in running time this week had a total of EIGHT (8!) snaps for the whole 3rd quarter. That’s ridiculous. But, as long as there are coaches without values (not just in running up the score, but also scheduling teams that are way out of their depth), it is a necessary evil.

  8. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    September 27, 2016 - 1:34 am | Permalink

    Tim thanks for the write up, and for paying a visit to West Covina’s Thyberge field, hope you enjoyed the game, West Covina has turned things for the better and is playing well at this time. The Hacienda league looks exciting this year with Los Altos, Charter Oak, and WC going into league with momentum, and Chino and Diamond Ranch always dangerous and able to pull out a win on any given night. I will be surprised if any team goes through league undefeated, except WC of course, (joking, don’t want to curse our Bulldogs, lol)

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 26, 2016 - 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Hype video that’s all they are is hype

  10. AHS Coach's Gravatar AHS Coach
    September 26, 2016 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget about Chino!!! They’ll make a hype video out of WC if they aren’t careful!!

  11. Clock Talk's Gravatar Clock Talk
    September 26, 2016 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Running clocks at the college and pro levels won’t happen for one reason: the commercial advertisement spots have been sold and need to be aired. It’s too bad about the sponsors whose message reaches fewer people in the late going of a blowout, but that’s the chance they took when they got a bargain price going into the deal. Obviously, basement programs like APU don’t have high-dollar sponsors, but if they let the clock run for those guys, there will be hell to pay if they don’t run it for everyone.
    From T. Peterson: Good points Clock Talk. Thanks.

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