By Tim Peterson
I saw the video of Cathedral Head Coach Kevin Pearson’s meltdown near the end of the St. Francis loss last Friday. Didn’t everybody? We had the link on our website.
Yes I was surprised that he only received a one game suspension. Anytime you put your hands on a kid you’re playing with fire. And Pearson clearly did that with the hard shove of the player that was trying to calm him down. Pearson continued to go after the officials even after the game was over.
What was hard to believe was that Cathedral was up by seven. The way Pearson exploded you would think the bad call had cost his team the game. I don’t think he should be fired like some have suggested but a one game suspension for a regular season game against Harvard-Westlake is merely a slap on the wrist.
He should have been hit with a two-game or even three-game ban that carried into the post season. That at least would have sent a message. This, well…this didn’t say much at all.
Los Altos’ victory over Charter Oak last Friday night was huge. But people forget the Conquerors pulled off the same trick two years ago. One reporter even asked Head Coach Dale Ziola what it was like to get the monkey off his back. “We did the same thing two years ago!” Ziola responded.
On October 17, 2014 Los Altos went to Charter Oak and knocked off the Chargers 29-7. The Conqs went on to win five of their next six games advancing all the way to the CIF Central Division title game where they lost to Colony. Could another playoff run be on the horizon?
One thing though…and Ziola wont let his team forget it either They have to beat West Covina this week.
So Baldwin Park stunned San Dimas last week. If the Braves could just get the running game going Thursday night against Northview, get a few stops, make a big play and then…nah! Who am I kidding? Vikings roll.
Anybody paying attention to Nogales? “Their quarterback put on a show!” said MVS writer Rich Whittington back at the office last Friday night after Nogales took care of Duarte. That quarterback is Matthew Olguin who has thrown for 1335 yards and 11 touchdowns and run for 192 yards and seven scores while leading the Nobles to an 8-1 record. With a win over Sierra Vista Friday night Nogales will wrap up the Montview League title and a first round home game in the Division 13 CIF playoffs. Who would have thought that back in August?
The playoff speculation is getting heavy this week. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who gets left holding the bag? I didn’t like to guess what CIF would do when we covered four divisions. You think I’m going to try to touch 13? I’ll wait until Sunday to find out. Then I’ll post the pairings. One thing I’m pretty sure of though. Los Altos will get in.
If you want to check out some local high school football history Friday night go check out South El Monte at Mt. View. Why in the name of Frank Alonzo should you go down to Mt. View? Sal Tovar needs just 80 yards rushing to reach the magical 2000 yard plateau for a single season. Yes 2000! I’d have to search the record books but who was the last local player to rush for 2000 yards? Schurr’s Jesse Ramirez? I welcome all corrections and statistics for that matter.
Speaking of the Eagles they are the quietest 8-1 team since…well since the 2016 Nogales Nobles.
Are the Cubs and Indians still playing?
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40.