The Peterson Principle
At the end of Arroyo’s 28-14 win over Schurr Friday night in the second round of the CIF Mid-Valley Division playoffs, all of the players gathered together, held up their helmets and in unison shouted “PAPA SINGISER!”
All during the season that is becoming pretty special, the players have been doing this, dedicating each and every game to Head Coach Jim Singiser’s father, who passed away last December. This isn’t something that the coaching staff suggested, or the parents thought would be a good idea. This is something the players, on their own, decided to do.
As a unit, the players realized how important Papa Singiser, who used to attend every game and most of the practices, was to the program. And as a team they vowed to dedicate the season to him. It’s hard to argue that it hasn’t played a role in the Knights’ success. They have won 11 straight after an opening night loss to Los Altos and now find themselves in the semi finals for the first time since 2004.
Sure it’s a strong passing game, a solid running attack, and an opportunistic defense that has played a big part in a semi final run. But it’s also becoming very evident that Papa Singiser is looking down, wearing an Arroyo hat, smiling and knowing that he too is a big part of the 2013 Arroyo Knights.
“I’ve come to realize that this run we have been on since August is not missing him, it’s because of him. He is guiding us and I know he is smiling,” said Jim Singiser.
San Dimas, who will face Arroyo this Friday night at B.L. Bergstrom Stadium, has averaged over 45 points per game in their last eight games. During that span the Saints have beaten their opponents by an average of over 34 points per game. After starting the season 0-4 some were questioning if the Saints could even win the Valle Vista League. They not only won it, they destroyed it.
San Dimas and Arroyo had two common opponents this year. Los Altos beat Arroyo 28-21 and also beat San Dimas 42-21. Arroyo beat Baldwin Park 56-53 while San Dimas beat the Braves 70-27.
Jake Payton, who transferred from San Dimas to Bonita, rushed for 1291 yards and eight touchdowns while Joseph “The Count” Mayorga, who transferred from San Gabriel to San Dimas and replaced Payton as the primary back, has rushed for 1289 yards and 12 touchdowns.
With his 149 yard performance Friday night against Montebello, Monrovia’s Kurt Scoby has now rushed for 2023 yards this year. It’s even more incredible considering in a three game stretch in October Scoby had only 16 carries combined.
Note to Montebello fans: Pete Gonzalez just led the Oilers to an Almont League title and into the second round of the playoffs where they lost to three time defending CIF Champion Monrovia. This is the guy your trying to run out of town? If this was college football he would be offered a four year contract worth millions of dollars.
That’s my principle.
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