The Peterson Principle

By Tim Peterson

When we posted the four divisions that we’re going to be covering for football a couple of weeks ago we forgot to mention the South Catholic League in the Northwest. Yeah my guys…what are you going to do?

No, actually that was my bad. It came across my desk and I just missed it. It’s a new league in 2014 and as of a few weeks ago it wasn’t even listed on the prep websites. Who’s in it?  Well there are only four teams and I don’t think any of them has a chance to win it. It’s basically the Del Rey League minus La Salle. That leaves Verbum Dei, St. Bernard, Bishop Montgomery and Cantwell. Verbum Dei went 7-4 overall last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Nordhoff 42-0. The rest of the league struggled with St. Bernard and Bishop Montgomery going 5-5 and Cantwell 2-8.

Nordhoff and Bishop Diego, along with La Salle are gone so I guess it’s anybody’s game. But it’s still hard to see the Northwest Division champion coming out of the South Catholic. With schools from the likes of Desert Hot Springs, Big Bear and Yucca Valley in the Northwest, we are being asked why we are covering them. Good question, but with the Olympic League still in place in the Division (Whittier Christian, Maranatha, etc.) it would be hard not to.
La Salle, which has lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last two years,  gets even tougher this year. The Lancers got shipped out to the Angelus League (previously known as the Serra) in the Southeast Division with the likes of Cathedral, St. Francis, Salesian and Harvard-Westlake. La Salle may have several new faces this year, AKA transfers, but word is Salesian is loaded. And St. Franks is always St. Franks.

There’s already a scheduling conflict the first weekend of the season. On Saturday August 30, USC- Fresno State kicks off at 4:30 which normally would be fine. But at 7:00 Covina and South Hills will battle it out at San Dimas High School and I can’t miss that one. Oh well at least I’ll be able to catch the first half live.

Yes, the game is at San Dimas. All games scheduled for Covina District Field this year will be at San Dimas while the stadium is being refurbished. Just a question… couldn’t the remodeling have started in January?
Not everybody was out last week. Several schools return from dead this week beginning Monday. Arroyo is in shells early in the week and then in full pads on Wednesday. Everything gets underway for real Thursday August 28.
Football is king. There’s no doubt; can’t wait for the opening kickoff. But speaking of kicks, after sitting in the press box at the StubHub Center Friday night, I’m slowly but surely being converted to soccer. Go Galaxy!

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40

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