The Peterson Principle: 8/30/2017

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

Okay I missed a couple last week. Yeah I had El Monte over Baldwin Park, but the Lions did pick up some yards on the ground. If Jesse Ceniceros’ crew could have avoided the fumbles, they might have pulled it off. But where did I really biff it? That would be taking Monrovia over Burbank.

I thought Maury Rams would have a break out game. I thought Michael Washington’s speed would be too much for Burbank. I thought Trevor McPherson would air it out and the Wildcats offense would have a field day. I thought…I thought…I thought. I biffed it. Credit to Adam Colman for a victory in his head coaching debut. Credit to the Burbank program for not only coming out to play in the opener after losing a ton of players to graduation but also for the success of last season as well. Did anybody else overlook the Bulldogs? Do you know that Burbank has outscored Monrovia 56-15 in the last two years? So who do I like in the Pacific? Well, Crescenta Valley of course. But I might live to regret that one.

Speaking of the Pacific, nice win for Arcadia over La Salle in Zero Week. We’ll find out a lot more about the Apaches this week when they host Cathedral. If Arcadia wins that one then we got a story. Can Pasadena compete? The Dogs did hold their own against Buena Park last week but we know the Coyotes aren’t the same team with Anthony White at home watching the NFL Channel. We’ll see.


Gladstone! Yeah G-Stone snapped a 14 game losing streak dating back to October 9, 2015 with a 15-7 win over Wilson. Second year Head Coach Ted Clarke likes what he sees. “Better days ahead,” Clarke said. The Gladiators travel to Ganesha this week looking for their second straight.


“This book has been such a breath of fresh air. Reminding me why I sit on bleachers and what a community is all about. Most importantly what high school football is all about. I read the book 3 times.”
“Anyone who has a kid trying out for his High School football team needs to read this book. Torosian has taken his 20 some years of reporting on Prep sports, mixed a healthy dose of San Gabriel Valley insider references and created a very readable first effort.”
“A page turner…I’m sorry it’s over! Is a sequel in the works?”
“Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War…compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players…”
“A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian’s first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community.”
“This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.”
“This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room…”
Joe Torosian’s high school football novel is available through –click pic–
(Cover by Pat Cherry

South El Monte HC Frank Gallardo said the Eagles would be more versatile. The offense will be more than Sal Tovar right, Tovar left and Tovar up the middle. Well Tovar did his thing with 104 yards in a 24-7 win over Alhambra but quarterback Daniel Olmos  threw for 88 and ran for 64 so yes, they’re more versatile…a little.


We get a lot of funny (dumb?) comments are on our board but one I saw this week really jumped out. A La Serna fan was upset that we didn’t cover the Lancers last Saturday night instead of the Smudge Pot. have you seen the size of the crowds at the Smudge Pot? Isn’t the Smudge Pot one of the biggest games of the year? San Dimas-Bonita has to be the biggest rivalry right? I welcome all rebuttals but I’ve seen the passion and the energy that the fans bring to this game. His point was that La Serna would beat both San Dimas and Bonita so we should have been at the Lancers game. Okay, I guess, but the Lancers lost Saturday night to La Costa 34-7. And why were we supposed to skip the Smudge Pot again?


Colman wasn’t the only former quarterback to win his head coaching debut at his alma mater. Riley Saxon, former Temple City quarterback and assistant coach, also came out a victor in his first game as head coach as his Rams beat Pasadena Poly 21-7. Saxon, a Temple City guy through and through, and a teacher on campus, may be just the guy to get the Temple City football program back on track. Congrats Coach. Nice win. Arroyo awaits.


Hoover’s football game with Sotomayor this Friday night was canceled because Sotomayor is observing a four-day Labor Weekend. I’ve decided to skip work tomorrow because I will be observing a five-day Labor Day weekend.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.


16 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 8/30/2017"

  1. Joe Pulitzer's Gravatar Joe Pulitzer
    September 1, 2017 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    A lot of coverage has been given regarding this boy’s tragic death 3 months ago including national TV and newspapers. At this point it would seem more dignified for the team and fans to have a modest rememberance which they nicely did. To belabor a popular sports site for not giving it the proper coverage is sorta sick. What do you want? Photos of people weeping 90 days after the fact? Time to take a deep breath and move on La Serna fan.

  2. On the Same Night's Gravatar On the Same Night
    September 1, 2017 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    To the commenter who speaks of the LS-LCC game of last Saturday and asks “what was there to write about?”, I can only say that on this night, the La Serna family held a mid-field memorial service for Jeremy St. Julian, the 18-year-old player who was tragically killed this past June while hiking, just days before his graduation. That is worth writing about, and so I am writing it. Rest in Peace #54.

  3. ?'s Gravatar ?
    August 31, 2017 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

    The “Same Night” troll has to gaming a false flag operation. Not even La Serna fans can believe this kind of carping works. Especially after a convincing loss, what was there to write about. The shiny helmets?

  4. sgy's Gravatar sgy
    August 31, 2017 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    “Football Fan” is typical La Serna crybaby. “Cover us please.Why cover Pioneer,Whittier or El Rancho. Their neigborhoods are poor and dangerous and ours are beautiful and so is our team.

  5. August 31, 2017 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    El Monte is the team that has me a bit worried. That offense is an animal all its own. We could win 50-0 or it’s a bloody fight. Coach C will know exactly how to scout a defense a find a weakness.

    It isn’t that SEM is a one man team. Not even last year. The Eagles Oline last year was definitely a major reason for the SEM turnaround. Tovar is simply “one of those kids” that come around every few years so you ride him for all he’s worth. Pair that with Mike Mooney and you got a recipe for success. What I heard was the big impact vs Alhambra was defense. 10 sacks and 3 interceptions?? Defense was the Achilles heel last year for the Eagles if they’re able to get right on defense with that RB, and the QB playing better as well. Oooooh I can’t wait for October 6th!

    Rosemead is a year away. They will struggle this year

    Mt View showed something I didn’t they had last week. They competed! Everyone including me is calling the Vikings a massive rebuild project but not a bad showing vs a team that whooped them last year.

  6. On the Same Night's Gravatar On the Same Night
    August 31, 2017 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    If you take the trouble to re-read my post, Duane, it’s clear I’m talking about the SATURDAY action of Whittier teams, not the Friday stuff.

    From Duane B.: I guess I’m just now sure how us covering a game that has a 40+ year tradition instead of La Serna equates to “Instead, Whittier was ignored entirely, as if the city had been destroyed in a nuclear strike, and no news could get in or out.” It was one non-league game!

  7. On the Same Night's Gravatar On the Same Night
    August 31, 2017 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    For the fifth time, I’m not asking MVS to “cover” anything. My life wouldn’t miss a beat if their vehicles never rolled for anything ever again. But it seems that a site ostensibly dedicated to local sports should, at minimum, provide schedules and scores, which is all I felt needed to be done in the case of last Saturday’s LS-LCC game. Instead, Whittier was ignored entirely, as if the city had been destroyed in a nuclear strike, and no news could get in or out.

    From Duane B.: Whittier was ignored entirely? You must have missed the scoreboard on Friday. The the only scores missing were Whittier and La Serna and La Serna played on Saturday! All the other Del Rio scores were posted! Las time I checked Cal and Pioneer are both in Whittier !

  8. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    August 31, 2017 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Right On Football Fan !!! Whaaa.

  9. Dr. Kevorkian's Gravatar Dr. Kevorkian
    August 31, 2017 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    @Peterson: La Serna fan said your old arthritic fingers are probably the reason you could not muster the strength to type something glowing about the thumping La Serna took from an average Tijuana border team. I feel your pain Pete. Come see me, I have just the cocktail for you.

  10. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    August 31, 2017 - 11:53 am | Permalink

    @On The Same Night

    Instead of complaining about the lack of coverage why don’t you write a report and take a few pics and send them over to them. I am sure they would love to post your review of the game. Even better why not contribute financially so they could possibly have more staff members go to a game. This game was on a Saturday not a typical Friday. There has been a dramatic decrease in the participation of high school football players, lets be grateful someone still covers the sport.

  11. Just a fan's Gravatar Just a fan
    August 31, 2017 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    @on the same night
    Take your sob story somewhere else. If you want to fix the problem work for the MVS I’m sure they need the help. You must be a female on here that’s why you won’t drop the fact the lerna game was not covered or mentioned. Why aren’t you writing to the Whittier daily about not having a write up for the butt whopping la Serna got on Saturday ? Lol get over it and keep it moving

  12. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    August 31, 2017 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    Quit crying

  13. On the Same Night's Gravatar On the Same Night
    August 31, 2017 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    I trust the writers of this site are aware that they failed to even LIST the LS-LCC game in their weekly preview, and further failed to even LIST the score of that contest. Are all the writers’ fingers arthritic to the point where they can type fluidly about Smudge Pot design and operation, but fail to notice one of the few games being played on a Saturday, one which involves a Whittier program that has done very well for over a decade?
    Peterson waxes derisive over the final score of LCC 34, LS 7….as proof that there was never any reason to type a word about this game. In fact, the Whittier contest was a dead heat for one half, and was decided in a mighty struggle during the third quarter, with the subs inserted for the fourth.
    La Costa Canyon simply came to town and did to the Lancers what they did last year, which was to wear La Serna down with superior size.
    This kind of blank-out on the part of MVS occurs on a regular basis: the Santa Fe passing tournament doesn’t exist if Arroyo’s event is played on the same day, and of course, MSAC sports must rot on the vine if APU has picture day.
    Mr. Peterson will remember his failure to even MENTION the La Serna game when he hears of their success this year, which will probably be the same time that San Dimas and Bonita are floundering. Understand, I take nothing away from the social fun of the Smudge Pot: it is the valley’s equivalent of a Kardashian episode.

  14. Almont's Gravatar Almont
    August 31, 2017 - 7:37 am | Permalink

    @peterson alright of upset fans in Alhambra

  15. SUPERMAN's Gravatar SUPERMAN
    August 31, 2017 - 5:59 am | Permalink

    @FridayKnights, your right South is one guy team,
    El Monte will get better in lane assignments,
    View is going to get better but still loose to most in Mission League play
    Rosemead has always started 0-5 because they schedule way the heck up something the Arroyo guys will never do as they want to schedule easy wins to have an easy schedule in playoffs. With a 9-1 record you get higher seeding than a 5-5

  16. August 30, 2017 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

    South El Monte might be a little more versatile a little …. maybe. But Tovar is the engine that drives the train. Arroyo staff isn’t fooled. They know who to stop. Nice one Frank lolol

    El Monte ground and pound was in full effect. Gonna be slobber knocker to beat them. Knights will be ready

    View was impressive from what I’m hearing. Another solid RB and a better defense.

    Rosemead- was sloppy unsound and very flat. With 0-2 looming the grumblings will start.

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