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The Peterson Principle

By Tim Peterson

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How things can change so fast. One week you’re on top of the world at 4-0 and looking to knock off the top dog in the league opener to establish supremacy. The next thing you know you’re starting quarterback and running back are hurt and you’re limping away from a 41-7 pounding.

Thus is the state of the Northview Vikings. And it gets worse. They only have four days to recover because they get Covina at Covina District Field Thursday night. Quarterback Peter VanDerEb and running back Christeon Blackmon were both banged up in the debacle against San Dimas. It’s not known how long either player will be out and with Covina looming it’s not a comfortable place to be. Another loss could push the Vikings down to third with undefeated Pomona still waiting in the wings.

On the Saints side has there ever been a bigger turn around in one game? A loss could have nearly ended their season instead they are now the favorites in the Valle Vista. I guess it’s not wise to question Bill Zernickow.

Speaking of injuries Rowland has been cursed this year at running back. Avery Duffus, who rushed for over 1400 yards a year ago, goes down in the first game with an ACL injury and is out for the year. Jackie Zhang comes on and rushes for 533 yards and then goes down with an ankle. Kevin Chavez steps in the last last two games and has gained 345 yards. Zhang is supposed to be back this week but head coach Ryan Jacobson has to be wondering what will happen next. On second thought maybe the Raiders are blessed. Despite being on their third running back, they have 998 yards on the ground overall.

Pioneer, who had racked up 164 points in its first three games, was bit by the injury bug as well. Jonathan Jimenez, who has thrown for over 1100 yards, didn’t play Friday night against Montebello and may be out for the year with a foot injury. The Oilers stopped the Titans 42-7.

Deshawn Potts missed last week’s game against San Dimas and was replaced by freshman Miles Bryant. But he returned behind center Friday night and was terrific in leading Monrovia to a 31-13 win over South Hills. For the Cats it’s simply the next man up.

Good to see La Mirada join the land of the living. Like San Dimas in the Valle Vista, aren’t the Matadores now the best team in the Suburban? No so fast. Norwalk is chomping at the bit.

I like the Muir Mustangs but they didn’t put away Hoover early. I like Crescenta Valley but the Falcons a times give up a lot of points. Can anybody beat Burbank in the Pacific?

William Bryan just scored another touchdown.

That’s my principle.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Peterson Principle