The Peterson Principal
Diamond Bar has the athletes, we knew that. But the problem with the Brahmas, at least in years past was they weren’t physical enough. They may have put that notion to rest. They were physical enough two weeks ago to dominate Bonita in the Hacienda League opener and last week they outmuscled a West Covina team that is not used to being outmuscled. Diamond Bar didn’t just beat these two contenders, it dominated them. The Brahmas humbled Bonita 49-26 before a laying a whipping on Westco 34-13. In four of the Brahmas five wins this year, they have scored 40 or more points.
Diamond Ranch has also raised some eyebrows in the Hacienda. The Panthers racked up 47 points on West Covina a week ago and then whacked Los Altos, who many considered the class of the league coming into the season, 30-13 last Friday night. We figured D-Ranch would be strong along the frontlines and guys like Kammy Delp, Josh Buchholz, and Christian Zambrano have proved that to be true. And Will Bryan and Xavier Beltran are making it happen on offense. D-Bar and D-Ranch sqaure off on October 18 at Diamond Bar in a game that will have huge league implications.
Saints Are Marching
“You never know, we might lose to Baldwin Park and Pomona,” said San Dimas assistant Matt Lopez last Thursday night at the Covina- Northview game. Um…no, I don’t think so. In fact after the Saints expected thrashing last week of Wilson, San Dimas is likely to run the Valle Vista League table. The Saints have already taken care of Northview who looks like the second best team in the league and there’s nobody else that figures to challenge them. Pomona and Baldwin Park are both undefeated but haven’t exactly played schedules that have you shaking in your cleats. San Dimas gets Pomona at home in the regular season finale on November 11 and Baldwin Park at the Teepee this Friday night. (Teepee, the name given for the Braves’ home field) is courtesy of Lopez.
Mission Valley Mania
Did you know that the record of the top four teams in the Mission Valley League is 15-5? Arroyo, Rosemead and Gabrielino all check in at 4-1 and the Mt. View is 3-2. The Vikings were a score away from a 4-1 mark as well but came up three points short at Maranatha. We’ll know a lot more after this weekend. Gabrielino is at Arroyo while Mt. View travels to Rosemead. Arroyo and Rosemead look like the frontrunners in the MVL but the case of Mt. View is interesting. A win over Arroyo is a maybe too much to ask but isn’t it possible that the Vikings could beat South El Monte, El Monte and either Gabrielino or Rosemead to secure a playoff spot? It all starts this Friday for View at Marinelli Stadium.
Ran into Paraclete HC Norm Dahlia Thursday night and the subject of the Spirits playing local temas came up. “Nobody will play us. We’ve tried. Nobody,” Dahlia said. “It’s frustrating.” It probably won’t happen in the near future but wouldn’t a Paraclete- Diamond Ranch be nice? Paraclete-West Covina? Paraclete- anybody in the SGV?
That’s my principle.
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