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By Tim Peterson

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Mid-Valley Madness 

The Mid-Valley Division is the place to be this Friday night. It almost looks like CIF drew up these games a couple of weeks ago but by pure coincidence all five league titles will be decided this weekend.

Rosemead needed a 48-yard field goal from Steven Cansino to beat Gabrielino and set up the MVL  showdown with Arroyo. It wasn’t pretty for the Panthers but they got it done. I’ve been saying it all year. Rosemead is the least respected 8-1 team in the valley.

What has Arroyo done to get to this spot? Not much. The Knights have only won eight straight and outscored their league opponents 185-32. They have scored 40 points per game in seven of their nine games.

Believe it or not Mt. View isn’t done yet. We don’t know what the score was but we do know that the Vikings beat El Monte last Friday night. If they beat South this week they would wrap up fourth place in the MVL and finish at 5-5. With the state of the lower tier teams in the Mid-Valley Division, it’s possible that Mt. View could land a wild card berth in the playoffs.

It’s been well documented that Monrovia hasn’t given up a point in the Rio Hondo League. The count is now up to 231-0. So does the lack of competition play in San Marino’s favor or do the Wildcats simply steamroll again. Let’s just say it’s safe to say that the Titans do score.

You could have won a lot of bets back in August if you wagered that Pomona would be 9-0 heading into week 10. San Dimas will need to focus on quarterback Darreon Lockett who has passed for 645 yards and rushed for 634. Of course the Saints have a lot of weapons themselves. They have rushed for over 2700 yards overall.

Montebello-Schurr figures to be a defensive struggle. If the intensity on the field is comparable to the intensity on our comments board it’s going to be a battle. The Oilers have reeled off five straight while the Spartans have won four in a row.

Diamond Brawl

There is one positive that might come out of the Diamond Bar-Diamond Ranch brawl a couple of weeks ago. Diamond Bar, by virtue of a forfeit loss to Rowland due to player suspensions from the fight will likely miss the playoffs. Nothing good ever comes from a brawl and this one is really going to sting. For the Brahmas, who were once 5-1, it turned a promising season into a disaster. Lesson learned.

Hit by The Ranch

El Rancho, after rolling over Santa Fe 45-13 last week is now in a position to win the Del Rio League title with a win over La Serna Friday night. Beating La Serna will be no easy task but for the Ranch nothing has come easy. The Dons have gone unbeaten in league after starting off the season 2-3. Ryan Arajuo does everything for the Ranch except drive the team bus. And he’s reportedly working on getting his bus license now.

That’s my principle.

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