The Peterson Principle: 11/14/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

It looks like Northview has bigger fish to fry. Last year the Vikings won the Valle Vista League and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Pomona.

They finished the season with a 10-2 record. This year, with key pieces coming back, Northview again won the Valle Vista and again has just one loss heading into post season. But after a 38-6 dismantling of Chino Friday night the Vikes won’t be satisfied with a second round bounce. They have their eyes on a bigger prize.

“Absolutely. We’ve been knocking at the door. We’ve been league, league,league, and playoffs. But now it’s our turn. We got to go get it,” said Northview Coach Marcel Perez.

The Vikings only loss came against Charter Oak back in August and they’ve been taking it out on everybody ever since winning ten straight. With quarterback Steven Comstock, now in his third year as a starter, and receiver Antwuan Ayers who has been doing everything for Northview except build the new banquet facility at Covina District Field, the Vikes are ready for the next step.

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

“Yeah definitely. We really want that CIF championship. That’s our main goal. That’s what we want the most and that’s what we’ve been working for since we lost to Pomona last year,” Comstock said. “We’ve just been grinding and grinding and everyone’s bought in what we’ve got to do. So that’s our first step. And we want a shot at that State title. I know that’s a lot to say and that’s a lot to bite off but we’re definitely going to go out there and bang heads just like we did tonight against one of the biggest and most physical teams.”

Chino was the only the first hurdle for the Vikings in what they hope is an extended journey. Next up is a home date with Burbank Friday night.

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A lot of people questioned Adrian Medrano’s move from Bonita to El Rancho last summer. In this column I personally wondered why Medrano would leave a stable program where he had success to a school that was in flux, a school that let’s face it, had a disastrous season in 2015. Of course Medrano was an ER alum, but Bonita is well…Bonita – a program that has always produced talent and a team that is consistently in the hunt.

Look at El Rancho now. In just one season, Medrano has the Dons in the second round of the playoffs after Friday night’s win over Norwalk, a team that ER lost to in Zero Week. They won their last two Del Rio games to finish third in league and get in the dance and now have started off with the first round playoff win

Quarterback Adam Chandler and receiver Gabriel Huerta have set school passing and receiving records in an offense that is really starting to click. This week the Dons get the number one seed in Division 9, Valley Christian.

“There’s a reason why they’re the number one team in the division. We have our work cut out for us and it should be a great experience for our young men,” Medrano said.

Well, Medrano had his work cut out as well taking over a team that was in disarray after going 1-9 last year and that hasn’t been a problem. Anything is possible.

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West Covina’s season ended Friday night in Fontana with a one-point loss to Summit. “I figured it would be close. They made one more play than we did,” said West Covina Coach Mike Maggiore. “It’s a very tough loss but I’m really proud of the guys this year. They worked hard and played with great effort. It’s no fun being out of the playoffs especially when we feel we were one of the top 4-6 teams. I told our kids and coaches that I was proud of them. We were consistent with effort for the last nine games.”

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So much for La Mirada being tested by Paso Robles. Did you know that game had a running clock…in the third quarter? La Serna, winners over Serrano, has a chance to avenge last year’s 45-20 loss to the Matadors in the Southeast Division Final when the Lancers again travel to La Mirada for a second round match up. Can La Serna pull something? Is it impossible? No. But is it probable? No.

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The best game of the weekend might be in Downey as the Vikings welcome Charter Oak into town. Charter Oak dispatched Glendora while Downey, now 10-1, was laying the wood to Damien.

Charter Oak can be beat when faced with a physical team. Los Altos showed that. Downey is physical and hasn’t lost since September 2 – only a 10-point loss to Hart. The home team Vikings should prevail.

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I’m not in love with the new division formats but it has produced two great local battles with Arroyo traveling to Schurr and Covina hosting Montebello.

The Oilers swept the Almont League and then beat Coachella Valley while the Colts finished third in the Valle Vista and escaped with a one-point win out in the desert.

“I feel offensively we have to stay away from negative plays because the constant pressure they bring can make that a problem,” said Montebello OC Pete Gonzalez Jr. “But if we are able to catch them in it will give us some big plays too. Our quarterback (Gabriel Tapia) has gotten better every week and he’s really playing well right now, so that’s exciting.”

Just a scheduling note: The game is at Covina District Field on Thursday night.

Three years ago Arroyo went to Schurr and knocked off the Spartans 28-14 in the second round. The Knights were then knocked out by San Dimas the following week in the semis. Both teams are evenly matched. The only common opponent is El Monte as the Spartans belted the Lions 44-6 while Arroyo took care of them 41-13. You want a prediction? I give a slight edge to Arroyo. Why? The nickel came up tails.

That’s my principle.

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

22 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 11/14/2016"

  1. Mr. T's Gravatar Mr. T
    November 17, 2016 - 1:03 am | Permalink

    The way it stands those 50%ers play against other 50%ers now so they do have a chance to win. If they can”t compete in division 12 0r 13 against the weakest of the weak should they be rewarded? I mean how low do you want them to go in order to make a playoff. Play Pop Warner teams? I wish you all the best in your thinking and ideas though.

  2. Ohsosorry's Gravatar Ohsosorry
    November 16, 2016 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Amen Mr. T

  3. Deacon Blues's Gravatar Deacon Blues
    November 16, 2016 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mr. T: Thanks for your input regarding awards for everyone, but I was thinking more of having the under-appreciate kids earn their trophies while having a great time, which is still a legitimate part of football. If you don’t want these kids (50% of all the players in the southern section) to ever have any hope of postseason excitement, I wish you all the best with that viewpoint.

  4. Mr. T's Gravatar Mr. T
    November 16, 2016 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    @DB: Yeah lets give every kid a trophy. This is football not peewee soccer.

  5. Deacon Blues's Gravatar Deacon Blues
    November 16, 2016 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Another year has passed, and with it, we see many of the same teams not winning league and not making the playoffs. We all know that the blame for this lies with lousy administrators and/or athletic directors. Probably HALF of the teams in the southern section fit in this category, and they are all sitting idle, watching the well-run programs play the postseason.
    If CIF is serious about this “competitive equity” thing, why can’t they create a couple more divisions to accommodate the best of these excluded teams? They could consider these in the same way that college basketball does the NIT tournament, a sort of consolation grouping. There’s money to be made in this, and it would show that the federation cares perhaps a tiny bit about what amounts to over half its member teams.

  6. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    November 15, 2016 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t the same thing said about Tabattabi when he was at El Monte?

  7. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 15, 2016 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    54 pts!!! Who’s the idiot?

  8. SMH's Gravatar SMH
    November 15, 2016 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    I was at the EM vs Boron game and wow i cant believe these coaches. They
    are terrible. The HC is the DC and got 47 points thrown on him well actually ran on him and that OC is garbage at every game i have been to he does not know how to call plays. Runs the same plays over and over. Hey EM maybe you should get a new OC cause this one is not getting the job done. Really only 7 points with all that talent. SMH

  9. 50 cents short of a $1's Gravatar 50 cents short of a $1
    November 15, 2016 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    St Paul spanked Monrovia? The score was 54-42 idiot!

  10. score's Gravatar score
    November 15, 2016 - 1:00 am | Permalink

    I hope Downey can pull it out against charter oak I hear they are pretty decent,I never seen them play.it should be a good game from what you’re saying T.Peterson

  11. November 14, 2016 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

    One town,one team???? I thought that was the South El Monte slogan? Oops!!!!

  12. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 14, 2016 - 11:26 pm | Permalink

    The only thing I can’t believe is St. Paul still plays football and they are still a coed school. Girl’s basketball and softball dominates nowadays, football has been irrelevant a long time ago. Just as my prediction they would spank Monrovia, St. Paul players are turning in their equipment Saturday morning.

  13. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

    As a Bearcat, all I can do isn’t thank Medrano for his years of service at Bonita and congratulate him on his recent success.

  14. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    November 14, 2016 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Mr. Peterson on the great article!
    Pico Rivera known for one town, one team is proud of Coach Medrano turning this football program around as well as these boys playing there hearts out in the field.
    One proud aunt of the #huertabrothers

  15. ERHS's Gravatar ERHS
    November 14, 2016 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have to be a homer to see that Huertas performance was better than most. I didn’t call reddicks game a joke, the joke is how the local media won’t acknowledge anything El Rancho, the MVN has totally show us more love even when we didn’t win league.

  16. November 14, 2016 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t call what a reddick did an absolute joke! Huerta had a great game but so did a lot of kids. Stop being a homer. Congratulate Huerta and especially the TEAM for moving on.

  17. ERHS's Gravatar ERHS
    November 14, 2016 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Gabriel Huerta had 8 catches for 260 yards, 5 carries for 30 yards and 4 TDs, also plays defense and the SGVN gives player of the week to reddick from St Paul. What an absolute joke.

  18. Areafan's Gravatar Areafan
    November 14, 2016 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    It’s all history now, one school is in the stands and the other is in prime position for a cinderella run.

  19. Bohi fan's Gravatar Bohi fan
    November 14, 2016 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    According to folks closer to the situation than I, Medrano did not want to leave Bonita but was just being courteous to old friends in taking the interview at ER That happens all the time to head coaches.. After hearing of the talk the new Principal stuck his nose in and saw the opportunity to oust the young coach and put his stamp on the program and school. Medrano was now painted into a corner. At a school that did not want him and no job offer at ER. His intention was to stay at Bonita but the rest is history. So far the stamp that Bub has put on my Bearcat athletic programs is not so hot. Football is the straw that stirs the drink.
    From T. Peterson: Whatever the case was it has worked out. Medrano has proven that he’s a solid coach. He’s done a great job of turning the program around in just one year!

  20. ?'s Gravatar ?
    November 14, 2016 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I get why ER folks come on here to vent a little. Their local paper has all but ignored them. Not a single story all year during this improbable run. Thanks Mr.Peterson for the comment.

  21. Timekeeper's Gravatar Timekeeper
    November 14, 2016 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

    A running clock in the La Serna-La Mirada meeting is a very distinct possibility, but I wish the Whittier club well as they attempt to do it Margarito’s way for one more night.

  22. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    November 14, 2016 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Medrano would never leave Bonita they said. There is no talent at ER they said. ER will finish 5th they said. ER won’t make the playoffs they said. ER wont be able to beat Norwalk in the 1st round they said, ER can’t beat Valley Christian??? anything else?

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