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The Peterson Principle

By Tim Peterson

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Maybe it’s just me but when you’re undefeated and facing a team that has been the best team in the league the last few years your captains should shake the other teams’ captains’ hands after the coin flip at midfield before the game. Because if you do and they drop 70 on you, you tip your cap, admit you got beat by a better team and congratulate them after the game.

But if you don’t and they drop 70 on you, you look foolish. Especially when you have had numerous personal fouls throughout the contest as the score differential continues to increase. It’s sour grapes, cheap, just bad mojo. The other team simply points at the scoreboard and you’re rendered speechless. Word to the wise. Shake your opponent’s hands before the game. Save yourself some unnecessary embarrassment.

And another thing. Can we all please refrain from saying that we are better than the other team until we actually beat that team? You haven’t been better than that team for the last dozen years or so, so why would it suddenly be different this year? If you don’t say anything and get beat by 34 then you just shrug it off and go on to the next one. But if you talk all week and get beat by 34 you leave with your proverbial tail between your legs. Again save yourself some humiliation. Don’t talk. Just play.

Quarterback Nicolas Colmenero returns from an injury and Bassett knocks off La Puente, the frontrunner in the Montview. Don’t look now but Hector Spathias’ Olympians are 3-0 in league.

Monrovia has shut out Temple City three of the last four years while outscoring the Rams 174-14. What happened to the classic rivalry? Don’t expect it to be back for a few years. In fact it could disappear altogether if the Wildcats are moved out of the Mid-Valley Division.

Isn’t it safe to say that all the Mid-Valley leagues have already been decided? Okay, here we go. Bell Gardens wins the Almont, Arroyo the MVL, Monrovia in the Rio Hondo, San Dimas takes the Valle Vista and Paraclete in the Alpha. Maybe Sierra Canyon upsets the Clete apple cart but I don’t see it.

The Saints aren’t just winning the Valley Vista they’re making a mockery of it. They’ve outscored their first three league opponents 169-41.

I liked Los Altos’ bounce back win over Diamond Bar. I wouldn’t want to face the Conquerors in the first round of the playoffs.

How did Crescenta Valley score only 17 in a loss to Burroughs and then rack up 48 in an overtime win over Burbank?  Brian Gadsby! Burbank’s James “Boobie” Williams shattered the school single game rushing record with 263 yards in the loss to CV.

Move over Christian Okoye. There’s a new sheriff in town. At Azusa Pacific a running back broke Okoye’s single game touchdown record Saturday night with five. And for good measure he also rushed for 299 yards. His name is Watson…Terrell Watson.

That’s my principle.

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