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The Peterson Principle

By Tim Peterson

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Stung by the Stangs  

Before Muir had even run an offensive play Friday night the Mustangs were up 14-0. A kickoff return here, a pick six there and a minute and twelve seconds into the game Arcadia was down two touchdowns. It technically wasn’t over but then again everybody knew it was.

You talk about Downey, Norwalk, La Serna and Los Altos in the Southeast but really does anybody want to face Muir? The Stangs don’t know what a long grinding drive is. It’s big play after big play. Home run hitters everywhere.

In three games against contending teams Monrovia, Burbank and Muir, Arcadia has been outscored 148-28. With only Burroughs and Crescenta Valley left, the Apaches will be hard pressed to make the playoffs.


If anybody has seen the Bell Gardens offense can you please call Lancer head coach Geoff Ackerman. It’s been missing for two weeks now. After averaging 43 points per game for five straight games, the Lancers have scored seven total in the last two. The good news for BG is that they will still make the playoffs as a third place team in the Almont. Surviving on the Ranch Diamond Ranch survived. The Panthers survived the brawl with Diamond Bar, they survived the CIF suspensions and they survived Rowland Friday night escaping with a two point win. Now Roddy Layton’s crew is two wins away from a running the Hacienda League table. Diamond Bar on the other hand will forfeit this week’s game with Rowland and is on the brink of elimination.

Rio Routs Monrovia hasn’t allowed a point in Rio Hondo league while outscoring the three opponents 177-0. Read again if necessary. 177-0.

Montebello-Schurr Showdown Montebello’s big 29-7 win over Bell Gardens and Schurr’s 47-0 rout of Alhambra sets up a showdown between the two Friday night, November 8. That’s provided the Oilers beat Alhambra and the Spartans take care of Keppel this week and both teams remain undefeated. So yes the showdown is set.

“Our kids were pretty excited to play them (BG),” said Montebello DC Brian Zavala. “We’re pretty healthy right now and hope we stay that way. If all goes well, the stage will be set for Week 10.”

Suburban Development, What’s going on in the Suburban? La Mirada loses to Mayfair two weeks ago and Bellflower falls to Artesia last week. The only consistency is Norwalk running over everybody every week. In four league games the Lancers have scored  56, 62, 62 and 60 points. Mayfair and La Mirada both have one league loss but still have to play Norwalk. Bellflower already has two losses with just one game left with Glenn. The key game this week is Norwalk at La Mirada. If the Matadores could upset the Lancers and Mayfair, as expected, beats Cerritos, there would be a three way tie for first heading into Week Ten.

That’s my principle.

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