The Peterson Principle: 11/2/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

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.


Joe T.'s High School football novel is available through "Joe captures the essence of high school football and does it with a local flavor that makes this book especially interesting."--Mike Maggiore, HC West Covina Bulldogs “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
“Joe captures the essence of high school football and does it with a local flavor that makes this book especially interesting.”–Mike Maggiore, HC West Covina Bulldogs
“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

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 or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

29 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 11/2/2016"

  1. November 4, 2016 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    TC Rams before the new direction by administration. From 2005-2008, all made playoffs, won 1st round CIF, and 2008 made semi-finals.
    2005- Sushi Tsai 1749 yards 17 TD (Team-2603 yards 22 TD)
    2006- Dwight Broadnax 2181 yards 22TD (Team-2967 yards 32 TD)
    2007- Will Do 1324 yards 7 TD, Johnny Escobedo 726 yards 8 TD (Team-2287 yards 23 TD)
    2008 Max Ruckle 1599 yards 17 TD, Joey Stewart 848 yards 11 TD (Team-2677 yards 30 TD)

    Since- 2 playoff appearances, 0 CIF wins, 28-51 record, only 2 1,000 rushers (Ruckle in 2009, Josh Simongongsong in 2010)

    From Joe T.: I’ve always felt that Kenji Morinaga in 2003 never got his due since he was sandwiched between Reed & Tsai…

  2. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    November 4, 2016 - 5:28 am | Permalink

    @D1fan – You talk about the “alleged” icey hot incident. After an investigation nothing was ever proven. Unlike the broomstick incident. Which coincidentally was swept under the rug like the “Pearson Push”.

    The man doesn’t merit to lose his job. A justifiable suspension would be warranted in this case. Please, D1 be honest, was Pearson out of line? This really just makes your program look real bad.

  3. Bg fan's Gravatar Bg fan
    November 3, 2016 - 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Bobby Andrade had over 2000 in 2002 for Bell Gardens (lost in semi final to Walnut, Daniel Algattas with the INT). Followed two years later by Alfredo Castaneda of Bell Gardens who had over 2100 yards and lost to La Serna in the first round.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 3, 2016 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

    @D1 fan. What about cathedral dirty laundry. Pearson shoving a kid last week , last season the hazing incident of the freshman , what about when a kid the varsity didnt like duck taped him to the varsity locker room bench and left him in the dark all practice, or how about one of your recruits cheating on one of his finals and still got an A to stay eligible. So so look in the mirror yourself. Call me lyer. And you its true. Cathedral is very good at keeping things in house.

  5. On the outside looking in's Gravatar On the outside looking in
    November 3, 2016 - 5:24 pm | Permalink

    @ SHS .. and schurr had a tougher pre season than SEMHS …. but yes let’s give that little Rosemead rebel the credit he deserves 🙂

  6. Sports Dad's Gravatar Sports Dad
    November 3, 2016 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Muir’s Sultan McCullough in 1997 rushed for over 2100 yds and averaged over 10yds a carry. I think his older brother by 5 years Saladin also rushed for over 2000 yds in a season as well.

  7. truth's Gravatar truth
    November 3, 2016 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    South and Tovar are having a good year. Give him credit its not his fault they run a run first offense. Its hard to compare RB’s every year but he is currently playing and doing well. Any back over 2000 is good so credit to all those kids from EM, SEM and temple city.

  8. The Man's Gravatar The Man
    November 3, 2016 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Just for the record 4426 passing with 44 td’s All State 1st Team
    El Monte’s Brandon(B-Mart) Martinez

  9. Sg fan's Gravatar Sg fan
    November 3, 2016 - 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Iman sg fan but it would be nice seeing Alhambra beat schur for a change I heard they look good ,good luck moors and to the almost league and to the rest of the schools ,may god keep all teams safe

  10. just another dad!'s Gravatar just another dad!
    November 3, 2016 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Baldwin Park can’t lose tonight, you know why? Baldwin Park has kids on both teams. Look it up. No matter what the outcome the Braves will be out there fighting for another victory.

  11. you know!!!!!!!!!!!!'s Gravatar you know!!!!!!!!!!!!
    November 3, 2016 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Roy Barajas 2375yards 30 td’s 711 yards receieving 3 td’s And Em had a 2600 yard passer

  12. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 3, 2016 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    @ T. Peterson, my apologies, you are correct. Game is at MV.

  13. D1fan's Gravatar D1fan
    November 3, 2016 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    To truth, you salesian guys Crack me up. Last year your star player blondes a kid from last Canada and he gets a

    Hey truth what about your salesian player that almost blinded a large Canada player with icy hot and he gets a 1 game suspension. Look in the mirror truth.

  14. November 3, 2016 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    2007 TC Rams. Dwight Broadnax, 2181 yards and 22 TD. 10 games, missed two with injury. Three 200+ yards and two 300+ yards (315 and 3 TD vs. Monrovia in a 41-24 win and 324 vs. Sierra Vista CIF Round 1)

  15. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 3, 2016 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    I also think Nick Acuna Bosco Tech same year as Jesse Ramirez

  16. Coach Ziola's Gravatar Coach Ziola
    November 3, 2016 - 9:00 am | Permalink


  17. Houston we have a problem's Gravatar Houston we have a problem
    November 3, 2016 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    Just as a predicted in a previous post. The CIF Bulletin has been issued. League guarantees are being used. UNLESS….. There are to many teams that qualify by guarantee. For example only, if a Division has 7 first place teams and 7 second place teams they are ALL in by guarantee. Now if there are another 7 third place teams then the CIF will throw out league guarantees for these teams and us their tie-breaker formula to determine the final 2 teams to finish the 16 team playoff bracket.
    Like I said…come Sunday there will be many angry and confused HS football fans.
    Directly from CIF playoff Bulletin:
    In all divisions leagues with:
    4 or 5 team leagues – are guaranteed two entries
    6 or 8 team leagues – are guaranteed three entries
    9 or more -team leagues – are guaranteed four entries.
    (Blue Book Rule 3219.5) Leagues are guaranteed their appropriate number of entries into the Southern Section Championships, per current Southern Section Blue Book Rule 3214, with the exception of football. In football, League Champions will have first priority, followed by 2nd place teams, 3rd place teams and so on from each league. Once the total number of guaranteed entries from each league are submitted, the At-Large Selection process outlined on page 3 of this publication will be used to select at-large teams to fill any byes in the draw, or to eliminate teams from the draw, in order to create a 16-team bracket for each division.

    The Selection Committee will also use the following criteria for elimination-teams where the total number of guaranteed entries exceeds the bracket size.
    (a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration (4 points)
    (b) Overall strength of the league from which the team is entered based on the end of
    season rankings (1 point)
    (c) Overall win-loss record (1 point)
    (d) Strength against common opponents (1 point)
    (e) Strength of schedule (2 points, using overall win-loss record of opponents)

  18. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    November 3, 2016 - 5:57 am | Permalink

    (Clapping – Tim Peterson)
    FINALLY! Someone comments about the Pearson push. The LA Times Prep sports reporter missed the opportunity to cover a story. More so knowing he was at the game. Shame on him. I don’t understand why he is getting a pass.

    We need to think what if a player shoved a coach? What would be his punishment?

  19. November 3, 2016 - 12:49 am | Permalink

    Why does Knight have an automatic bid into the playoffs?

  20. November 3, 2016 - 12:45 am | Permalink

    If any 3rd place teams are taken here’s the order.
    El Monte (idle)
    Azusa must win vs workman)
    Yucca Valley (must win as underdogs)
    La Quinta
    Alhambra (must win vs Schurr)
    California Military Institute

  21. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    November 3, 2016 - 12:41 am | Permalink

    To Tim
    As of yesterday, CIF posted the Playoff Bulletin paperwork. In Division 13, with 30 leagues and 84 teams.Are right now running the numbers and possibilities. 7- 1st place teams, as many as 12 possible 2nd place teams and 12- possible 3rd place teams with 1- Knight being a 3rd or a 4th place automatic bid (haha). So what does it all mean. CIF writes that if teams are tied for a guaranteed spot, 1st , 2nd., 3rd. or 4th place, that they will get their bid in that division they qualify for in football so if 3 or 4 teams are tied, they get bids to their division. What a mess in Division 13!

    So all the 1st place teams will get in and seeded in power order for the playoffs. 12-possible 2nd place teams, Hmmmm… That total is 19 teams, if this pans out, they then use power they go to seed the teams. This means that 3- 2nd place teams and 11-3rd place teams won’t get to the playoffs, as well as Knight’s 4th place automatic bid. The worst over all record right now for a 1st place team is Godinez at 5-4, 4-0 in league. A team like Yucca Valley is 7-2 and won’t get to the dance as an At-large bid. They are in 3rd place. They play in maybe the toughest league and well as Mary Star 6-3. They must beat St Genevieve or they won’t get in. Good Job! Maybe go to 32 teams next year and a week early. None of these teams deserve a Regional Bowl bid.

  22. November 3, 2016 - 12:37 am | Permalink

    Division 13 playoff teams and scenarios
    In no particular order.
    1.Santa Ana 1st
    2.Rancho Christian 1st
    3.Nogales 1st (fall to third with loss)
    4.Boron 1st
    5.Godinez 1st
    6.Carnegie 1st
    7.Santa Clarita Christian 1st
    8.Campbell Hall 2nd
    9.South El Monte 2nd
    10.Duarte 2nd (1st w/Nogales loss)
    11.Rio Hondo Prep 2nd
    12. Hamilton 2nd
    13. Mammoth or Vasquez for 2nd
    14. La Puente or Garey for 2nd
    15. Open
    16. Open. Other play in games are as follows: Mary Star of the Sea in with win over St. Genevieve. Calpresps has St. Genevieve winning.
    Cantwell-Sacred Heart 2nd with win over Bishop Montgomery. Calpreps has Bishop Montgomery winning.
    Laguna Beach 2nd with win over Calvary Chapel. Calpreps has it as a pick em. Excelsior Charter 2nd with win vs Silver Valley. Calpreps favors Silver Valley. Sierra Vista 2nd place tie with win vs Nogales. Calpreps favors Nogales.
    If two or more of these teams win no third place teams will be taken. As per the rule no third over second, no second over first.

  23. November 2, 2016 - 10:57 pm | Permalink

    3,000 yards is just WOW!!!!

  24. November 2, 2016 - 10:42 pm | Permalink

    El Monte also had 2 1,000 yards receivers
    A Qb throw for 3000 yards
    A Rb run for 2400
    And two 100 tackle guys!
    Not bad for a fourth place team right?
    Joel Sanchez you da man playa!!!!!

  25. November 2, 2016 - 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Roy Barajas ran for 2375 like Clinton has only one email account???? Yea right! Joel Sanchez fudge those numbers so hard wasn’t even funny!!! Kid was 1800 yard back at best.

  26. El Monte's Gravatar El Monte
    November 2, 2016 - 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Just last year Roy Barajas rushed for 2375 yards and 30 tds, caught 48 passes for 711 yards and 3 more tds.
    That was in 11 games though so Tovar may pass him up in both yards and tds if they are able to make a long playoff run.

  27. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 2, 2016 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    The game Friday night is at SEMHS not MV.
    From T. Peterson: No actually it’s at Mt. View…according to Cal Preps and Max Preps.

  28. SHS's Gravatar SHS
    November 2, 2016 - 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Jessie Ramirez had 2,614 rushing yds in 2004.

  29. Sierra vista's Gravatar Sierra vista
    November 2, 2016 - 9:26 pm | Permalink

    If I recall correctly, Oscar Arzu of Sierra Vista rushed for over 3000 yards in 1996.

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