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The Peterson Principal

By Tim Peterson

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I’m not right all the time. But contrary to popular belief I’m not wrong every time either.
This week I hit a few and biffed a few in the first round of the playoffs. Some games that I thought would be slam dunks turned out to be blown lay-ups and while others turned out to be real jams.
Here’s how it played out.

Southeast Division
Games I Missed:
Santa Fe 31 Diamond Ranch 28 – C’mon who didn’t miss this one? Hacienda League champ Diamond Ranch was riding a seven game winning streak and was facing a team that had to beat Cal just to finish third in the Del Rio. The banged up Chiefs lost to El Rancho by 32 points! This had 42-7 D-Ranch written all over it. Whoops!
Diamond Bar 63 Downey 29- Downey, although they struggled at times, were still the CIF champs and still had Jorge Reyna and Justin Huff. Diamond Bar had problems against solid Southeast teams like Norwalk and Diamond Ranch, but the O got it done. You have to be impressed with the Brahmas resiliency. D-Bar fans won’t like this but I’m leaning La Serna Friday night.
Games I Hit:
I nailed the rest of the Southeast including Muir over La Mirada and Los Altos over Paramount. (A lot of people liked Paramount.) I’m not sure who I like in the Muir-Los Altos contest this week. I’ll just say I liked what I saw from the Fighting Ziolas.

Mid-Valley Division
Games I Missed:
Schurr 29 Viewpoint 7 – My apologies to Coach Marco Ramirez. I didn’t think a second place, 5-5 Almont team could go on the road and beat an 8-2 team. Great defensive effort. The Spartans are catching fire at the right time.
Pomona 45 Rosemead 14 – A Red Devil win didn’t surprise me but a Red Devil rout did. I didn’t think the Panther defense would allow that many points.
Montebello 24 Northview 17 – Again a pick-em game but I had Northview. Good win for the Oilers.
Games I Hit:
I picked all the rest of the winners in the Mid-Valley but I’d be lying if I said I had Arroyo 56-53. Where did all those points come from?

Northwest Division
Games I Missed:
Duarte 27 Maranatha 17- I didn’t think the Falcons could hold Maranatha to 17 points.
Torrance 42 Azusa 20 – No way a 5-5 team from the Pioneer beats Montview League champ Azusa by three touchdowns…yeah I biffed it.

Games I Hit:
I hit the rest in the Northwest but that’s not hard to do when you have teams like Nordhoff, Oak Park and Bishop Diego in the Division. Here’s a hint. Pick the Tri-Valley League.

That’s my principle.
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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Peterson Principal