Most Valuable Player: What does that mean? Where as Player of the Year may amount to big numbers, enormous talent and outstanding performances, MVP means who was the most valuable to his particular team.
Who is that one player that the team could simply not do without? Who is the difference between wins and losses. Who is the player that if he were to go down to injury, the season would be ruined. Sometimes a Player of the Year might be surrounded by so many other good players that the team could still succeed without him. Not so with the MVP.
In 2016 that player was South El Monte running back Sal Tovar. The Eagles lost only two games all year – both defeats were to CIF champions. Division 12 champ Arroyo beat South September 30 and Division 13 champ Rancho Christian knocked off the Eagles in the semi finals. Great season. But where would the Eagles have been without Tovar?
South El Monte had 4,935 yards total as a team and Tovar had 2,953 of them. The Eagles scored 66 touchdowns, Tovar had 39 of them. All 39 came on the ground as he rushed for 2,801 yards on 315 carries. He averaged 8.9 yards per carry and averaged just over 215 yards per game.
Three times Tovar rushed for over 300 yards including 308 in a 61-47 second round playoff win over Santa Clarita Christian. As a team South El Monte rushed for 53 touchdowns. Think about that, only 14 of the Eagles 53 rushing touchdowns were by somebody not named Sal Tovar.
South El Monte had a resurgence this year under Frank Gallardo, but its hard to imagine where they would have been without the junior running back.
Sal Tovar is our 2016 Most Valuable Player.
Coach of the Year: Jim Singiser – Arroyo
Player of the Year: Bobby Cole – Sierra Canyon
Most Valuable Player: Sal Tovar – South El Monte