The Peterson Principal

By Tim Peterson
September 12, 2013 • 247 views

I saw the La Puente Warriors in the summer, and I liked them then. I like them even better now. They have a quarterback in Jacob Tovar and a couple of running backs in Jovanni Gonzalez and Cezar Espinoza. You need a receiver? How about Jose Ochoa?

All of those weapons were on display last Thursday night in a 31-14 win over Covina. Tovar threw for 248 yards and Ochoa had 129 yards receiving. The defense was solid led by linebackers Ruben Sanchez and Daniel Clark. Everybody has already lost at least once in the Montview League except La Puente. Azusa and Duarte, the Warriors main competition, were blown out by Whittier and San Marino respectively. Yeah, things are looking good for LP right now.

I got a phone call while walking out of the La Mirada- La Habra game Friday night. The caller had just left the Mid-Valley Classic and said it was pretty ugly…for Temple City. He said that not only was Arroyo dominant but they were carrying injured Temple City players off the field seemingly all night. He said it was a total beat down. “The Classic is no longer a classic,” he said.

That may be true but remember what league the Rams play in. In the Rio Hondo all they have to do is win three games. Ok, so they lose to San Marino, you know they can beat Blair and La Canada and after the whipping South Pasadena took Friday night at the hands of Eagle Rock, it appears the Tigers are down too. The Rams may have limped off the field after a 44-6 debacle Friday night, but by no means is their season over.

As for Blair, which is 0-2 and has been outscored 106-8 by Hoover and Marshall, yes, the season is over.

Maybe we shouldn’t chalk up a TC victory so fast against La Canada. The Spartans 24-13 win over Alhambra Friday night caught me by surprise. But then again, after everything that has gone down, you know things aren’t right at Alhambra.

La Mirada isn’t looking for any bridges to jump off. The Matadores have nothing to hang their heads over after losing to two powerful teams. They were on the verge of taking the lead against La Habra Friday night when Alex Bush made a game changing play. If he doesn’t make the interception La Mirada goes on to either a field goal or a touchdown to take control. These losses hurt but the Matadores will be fine in the Southeast Division.

Where did the Baldwin Park Braves come from and why are they scoring 100 points in their first two games?

Burbank looks like the class of the Pacific. Is Northview suddenly the team to beat in the Valle Vista? Los Altos is as advertised.

That’s my principle.

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