The Peterson Principle: 11/22/2016

This girl told me to pick Northview

This girl told me to pick Northview

By Tim Peterson

So what do you do when you’re down 31-10 at the end of the third quarter, and at home no less, in a second round playoff game?

“You just play the next play, no matter if you’re up big or down big – just compete and do your job one play at a time,” said La Mirada Head Coach Mike Moschetti. “Players and coaches, that’s the mindset. The kids battled.”

The Matadores have proven the last couple of years that they can play with anybody. They won A CIF and a State championship last year and after devouring everybody in the Suburban League this season appeared to be on their way to another memorable year. Then suddenly they found themselves down 31-10.

It had to look bleak but when you have an Elijah Hicks, a Tristan Meyer and a Jeremy Clark you got a shot. Hicks returns a kick off for a score, Meyer hits Clark for another touchdown and now the deficit is just two. Then Brandon Petruescu…who?…Petruescu…boots the game winner with 12 seconds left.

You have to think this gives La Mirada all the confidence heading into the next round. I mean, if you can overcome a 21 point deficit in the fourth quarter, is anything impossible? The Mats travel to Los Alamitos Friday night.



Steven Ocariz and the Knights take on Segerstrom...Who?...Segerstrom

Steven Ocariz and the Knights take on Segerstrom…Who?…Segerstrom

The Schurr-Arroyo game last Friday night had everything I like about the local matchups. The stands were packed, the competition was heated and the momentum seemed to change with each possession.

“That was one of my all time favorite games,” said Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser. “Just a heavyweight fight…each of us landed shots that would have put other teams away…it was fun.”

The Knights ultimately landed the finishing shots in the fourth quarter with 15 consecutive points in a 42-28 victory. Arroyo, which was down 21-7 in the first quarter, outscored the Spartans 35-7 over the next three quarters.

“I think offensively we showed it last week against Verbum Dei. We came out in the second half and got a turnover and just drove and drove and drove and picked up the tempo and we saw that we did have another gear,” Singiser said. “We still got a lot of things to clean up  though.”

Now Arroyo gets Segerstrom. What is Segerstrom? I didn’t even know such a school existed until now. “They’re physical, big…well coached. About what you’d expect for this tme of year,” Singiser added.


So South El Monte and Arroyo in the semi finals in the same year, but not in the same division. Who would have thunk it?


Did you get a glimpse of the box score of the South El Monte – Santa Clarita Christian game? Talk about polar opposites. In a 61-47 South El Monte win, the Eagles had 623 yards rushing but just 15 passing, while Santa Clarita racked up 636 yards passing and 17 rushing. South running back Sal Tovar continued his assault on the school record books with 308 yards rushing. Whew!

South El Monte will be at the swamp Friday night to face Rancho Christian. Get the scoreboard operators ready.


Richard Broussard and the Burbank Bulldogs are trying to make history

Richard Broussard and the Burbank Bulldogs are trying to make history

Everybody…well maybe not everybody…but a lot of people thought Northview would beat Burbank. Okay, I thought Northview would beat Burbank. Hey, I missed one. Stuff happens. The Vikings had just rolled over Chino after just rolling through the Valle Vista. It looked like it could be a year for a possible CIF title appearance. Heck, their next opponent would have been Don Lugo and they had already beaten Don Lugo. But Burbank is tough…tougher than I gave them credit for.

One of those people that didn’t think Northview would win was former El Rancho and current Pacifica Head Coach Vinnie Lopez. And he definitely reminded me.

“I called it. Burbank is well coached,” Lopez said early Saturday morning. “Burbank will win the division.”

Northview Coach Marcel Perez thought this might be the year the Vikes take that next step.

“I’m pretty upset. I think we should have won it this year but I guess we got to get back to work and make a run for it again next year,” Perez said “We graduate a lot of guys but I think we’re going to be really good again. Building that culture of winning is the expectation.”

Burbank is on the cusp of history with their 30-27 win over Northview. The Bulldogs have never appeared in a CIF Final game.

“We’re excited to be honest. We’re playing in the semis. As for how we match up against Don Lugo this game is going to be a war. Coach (Greg) Gano and his staff have a big physical team with skill kids that make plays on both sides of the ball,” said Burbank Head Coach Richard Broussard. “They have dominated their first two opponents in impressive fashion. It’s going to be a daunting task to make history at Burbank – no team has ever made it to the final. But our team is gritty and up for the challenge. It’s going to be fun playing one more time at Memorial Field. Can’t wait!”

The Bulldogs finished second in the Pacific before knocking off Brea Olinda and Northview in the post season.


Best game of the weekend may be in Division 4 where Sierra Canyon travels to Charter Oak. Great matchup featuring two perennial powers. I like Bobby Cole and the Blazers.


Los Altos is on a mission

Los Altos is on a mission

Los Altos is on a mission…maybe not necessarily from God but it is a mission. I’ll go with the Conqs at home.


My advice to Montebello against Valley View. Leave early. Have the bus packed and ready to go by 3:00. The drive to Moreno Valley on a Friday night is brutal.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

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

  1. Joe Dankert's Gravatar Joe Dankert
    December 2, 2016 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Lopez turned around instantly what any previous coaches did to the program. Why not mention Vinnie Lopez? He left for Pacifica, and in one year the program suffered. But only one year before Medrano, obviously a very good coach if statistics mean plenty, took over. Lopez changed the loser to winner.

  2. Baxterfaster's Gravatar Baxterfaster
    November 23, 2016 - 1:50 am | Permalink

    Besides good coaching, Burbank has a great group of talented players all over the field. They dont have any superstars, but they have ALOT of very good players. They are a local neighborhood team, some of them playing together for 9 years. They have played bigger, faster higher division teams for years and held their own, taking and giving big blows. They have played for eachother with torn ligaments, broken bones, contusions and everything short of a concussion. This pride, trust and fiendship cant be measured or factored into a prediction, as ya all learned last week. Don Lugo is very respectable but they are gunna be in a dog fight friday night.

  3. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    November 22, 2016 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Many didn’t think coach Medrano could make such an impact and have such a quick turn around to reach the 2nd round and not get completely demolished by a Cerritos Valley Christian team that was simply too talented, but we had our chances. ER returns approximately 17 starters along with plenty of under classmen waiting in the wings and some talented baseball kids who will return to the football field. You’re right, last year we hit the lowest of lows and many thought it would take years to get out of that rut, Rick Zepeda never got out of the hole Reyna dug, many thought it would take that long to get out of the Hiatt hole and yet here we are now with a community behind us, a talented team returning, one of the best young coaches in area and now what figures to be a remade El Rancho High School campus and stadium. Never have I been happier and prouder to say that “the ranch is back.”

  4. Love Letter from ER Mom's Gravatar Love Letter from ER Mom
    November 22, 2016 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Just a quick thank you to the Don football staff and kids. You disappointed me. then surprised me, then shocked me. I don’t understand football but I do Understand pride. And despite the loss pride has been restored to ER that was as low as I have ever seen it last year. Not just the wins but the attitude and team play that filled the stands at the end. The first few away games maybe 100 fans if that . At the last two the community was back. Still a ways to go but my kids will be happier to stay at ER plus a new stadium on the way. I’m sure the success of Don football helped in passing the school bond proposition. Thank you.

  5. Solid Foundation's Gravatar Solid Foundation
    November 22, 2016 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Bruised Jaw has earned his Northview team a fifteen yard penalty for a late excuse, to be assessed at the start of next season’s first league game.

  6. Bruised jaw's Gravatar Bruised jaw
    November 22, 2016 - 1:05 pm | Permalink

    The refs hit Northview right in the face! 15 Penalties for 145 Yards!

  7. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 22, 2016 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Good luck to all teams Friday night, there are plenty of good ones. Yours truly will be at St. John Bosco for the game vs Corona Centennial. This game is a heavy weight bout between two of SoCal’s finest, winner will probably play Mater Dei (vs Rancho Cucamonga) for the title.

  8. Solid Foundation's Gravatar Solid Foundation
    November 22, 2016 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I agree that Broussard is a handful when we’re talking sideline guidance. I nominate him for the NFF Coach of the Decade award.

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 22, 2016 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    I was at Covina District field friday night.
    Burbank can play.
    They were the only team all year to punch Northview in the mouth.
    I’ll take Burbank this week, and next.

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