The Peterson Principle: 11/09/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

This election season I vote for the old divisions to return to the CIF playoff format. I cast my vote for the Mid-Valley, the Southeast and Central.

Everything was local. We’d get a first round matchup of Temple City- Arroyo or a second round contest between Monrovia and Schurr. Remember the year that Monrovia played San Gabriel in the Finals? The local interest was at an all-time high. San Dimas-Monrovia in a pouring rainstorm at Citrus College for the Mid-Valley championship in 2009…was there anything better?

I’ll argue that the La Serna-Norwalk Southeast Final in 2013 was the best high school football game I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t just because it was a CIF Final or the talent on the field or the big plays that were made. It was because all of it was done with a local flavor that the new playoff format won’t provide.

Have you seen the matchups in the first round this year? West Covina is a good solid team in the area. Want to go check the Bulldogs out? Take a drive out to Fontana Friday night to Summit High School. How about Arcadia? The Apaches had a pretty good year. Well not good enough apparently in Division 11. They’re headed out to Oak Park. Where the heck is Oak Park? Who knows? Google it. It’s not close. El Monte gets a bus ride out to Boron. Yeah, Boron. Azusa? The Aztecs have gained some fans over the years. They’re a perennial playoff team. They have to hit the road to Riverside. Who wants to go out to Riverside on a Friday night from the San Gabriel Valley? Not fun.

But like it or not, like Donald Trump, the new CIF division playoff format is here.

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

Mission Valley League champion Arroyo earned a home game against Verbum Dei. Anyone know anything about Verbum Dei? Is Akeem Ayers still there? Reggie Dunn? Uh no, those former Eagle stars aren’t there but they do have some athletes. They finished 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the South Catholic League.

“They have athletes and lots of speed. We need to play sound team defense and put helmets on the ball,” said Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser. “We have to execute on offense. Nothing new…not reinventing the wheel. Limit mistakes and execute. Same thing every week.”

The Knights were 9-1 overall and unbeaten in the MVL.

South El Monte, second in the MVL, 9-1 overall, is one of the few teams in the first round that actually has a local game. They will host Rio Hondo Prep in Division 13. RHP has won multiple championships in its storied history. The Kares finished 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Prep League.

“I feel really good about our team. We’re confident and humble to be in the playoffs,” said South El Monte HC Frank Gallardo.

Norwalk and El Rancho already met this year, with the Lancers winning 23-12 back in Zero Week on the Dons home field. Don’t be surprised if the Dons pull something here. ER has consistently improved under first year coach Adrian Medrano and are primed to pull the upset.

Speaking of West Covina, and I think was earlier, HC Mike Maggiore knows how to beat Summit. “Score more points than they do,” he quipped. If the Bulldogs do that and also “try to make their back earn his yards and get guys to the ball and tackle,” they can win according to Maggiore.

“Summit is very athletic and has one of the best backs I have seen on film in all my years of coaching. We also need to finish drives on offense. It’s going to be a great test for us as a team. I’m proud of how we have responded and the improvement we have made this year. We have one more week of football!” He added.

La Mirada may be the best team in Division 3 but CIF didn’t do the Mats any favors in the first round with Paso Robles out of the Pac 5.

“They (Paso Robles) are big and physical and do a lot of different things scheme wise on offense and defense and even on special teams. Multiple formations and personnel packages on offense, really well coached,” said La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti. “They even do a lot of things in the kicking game with fake punts and onside kicks. We’re going to have to play great football on offense, defense and special teams. We have to find a way to get turnovers and win the special teams battle.”

La Mirada begins its quest to defend a State championship.

Chino got in! Who saw that coming after the Cowboys lost their last four games? But here they are. And for their efforts they win a trip to Covina District Field to face Northview. Can they win? Well, possibly.

“First of all we have to hold on to the ball. We have to pound the ball and keep our defense off the field. They (Northview) have a few weapons on offense including their quarterback and a great receiver, a triple threat,” said Chino head coach Jesse Ceniceros. “So our key is to work on offense and have some success and let the clock run.”

Sounds like a plan to me. We’ll see.

In other games, Los Altos- San Marino? I’ve seen that movie before. Glendora-Charter Oak? I read that book in September. St. Paul at Monrovia? Cats are finding their groove. Home team wins. Covina-Victor Valley? Long bus ride…

That’s my principle.

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

9 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 11/09/2016"

  1. Way2Much's Gravatar Way2Much
    November 11, 2016 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    This is to whoever is mentioning SC
    Stop it with Sierra Canyon they got hit in the mouth and won one title in the MidValley !!!!

  2. November 11, 2016 - 7:52 am | Permalink

    Santa Ana is a monster! Better than Schurr or monkeybello! Teams better be ready. That game should’ve been 50-0. Can’t see a team beating them.

  3. Falcon1's Gravatar Falcon1
    November 10, 2016 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I concur with Greenie

  4. Greenie's Gravatar Greenie
    November 10, 2016 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Tim,
    I totally disagree with the old Format. It’s too localized. I am tired of seeing the same old teams every season. It’s like one bigger version of “League” . The MidValley, the Central Etc… With Continuous shifting of the Divisions, we get a clear picture of what the true football landscape is for 2-3 years. Under this format Fans get to see a broad range of teams and gives you the best sense of what areas are playing the best football that year. When teams are in divisions too long, you get Monrovia winning 3 straight titles or the La Serna’s, the Sierra Canyon’s or the La Habra’s ETC. What If the Angelus League wins titles in 3 CIF divisions wouldn’t that be interesting ? If La Mirada wins again, don’t you think they may want to elevate to the Pac 5 once or twice? What if Sierra Canyon Gets knock out of the playoffs in the 1st round. Wouldn’t that be telling? Let’s see how the football games play out before we judge a system.

  5. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    November 10, 2016 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    Look Tim,

    It is amazing that your man crushes, Singiser and Mochetti are given a future excuses before the game is played. Verbum Dei was shutout, 4 times. State Champion! That’s State Champions La Mirada, doesn’t need any excuses. Their schedule and domination doesn’t need anybody feeling sorry for a team that recruits from all of the SGV.

    Look, I get it, you’re an Arroyo guy. However, Verbum Dei losses to Salesian 69 – 0, that 10 TD’s, Lynwood 51-0 thats 8 TD’s and they are 4-6. Bishop Montgomery 34-0 . Mary Star 33-0. The only speed these scores show is, well lets say you can get it from diet medications at CVS. Once the brackets came out, it was, oh we got this! You have been talking about how they have the best CIF team in 12 years, Yada, Yada, Yada. They are playing a team that should not even be in the playoffs, because there are others that are better.
    From T. Peterson: I just asked Singiser how he felt going into the game and what he knew about Verbum Dei. That’s what he gave me. His quotes. Moschetti – same thing.

  6. HOT ROD's Gravatar HOT ROD
    November 10, 2016 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    Used to hate when my Pasadena bulldogs were in the old central division in 07 and had to play No.2 Chaffey and Moreno Valley’s Canyon Springs. Some sub freezing temps made the games memorable. Dena was down 35-7 vs Chaffey at half, and won 61-56. Game vs CS was 25° and PHS gambled and lost on 2pt try on last play of game. That was a tough 2 hour drive home to Altadena.

    I live near Edwards AFB near Boron now and might watch El Monte play. My cousin was RB back in early 90’s when they only beat Keppel each year

  7. November 10, 2016 - 5:33 am | Permalink

    I hope South El Monte understands the fairy tale is over, midnight is Friday night! The Cinderella story is over. Prep is gonna smack those eagles all over the place.

  8. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    November 10, 2016 - 12:49 am | Permalink

    Not surprising that good coaches have their teams in the dance year in year out even with so-so talent. The difference is that good coaches have there teams prepared and ready to go. But it is a big deal when a team has to travel some distance which limits their fan base. And that makes a huge difference in the penalties. Big calls always seem to go the way of the team that has the biggest crowd. Refs are human too and easily influenced by a passionate home crowd.

  9. November 9, 2016 - 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Wigod is scoreboard watching, he’s gate watching!!!! Cha-Ching!!!!! A Ling a ling.

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