Why Not The View? Part 3

Why not the View?

By George Hernandez

[El Monte] – Talking to multiple former players and coaches from Mountain View and former coaches that coached against the Vikings, I got a lot of different opinions.

“One thing I can say is the fire that burns inside you that makes you give it your all was missing in a lot of guys. I could see it in their eyes every time we walked out there under the lights. It was depressing to see how scared and the lack of fight most had in them. It seemed like most enjoyed wearing the jersey to class every Friday and being able to say “I play football” than to actually go out and fulfill what it really means to go out and play for the person to your right and to your left.” – Armando Beltran (TE/DE c/o ’02)

“A lot of guys went half ass at practice and blamed others after a loss.” – Frank Hernandez (QB c/o ’03)

“Kids who have experience playing pop-Warner football do not go Mountain View. I coached there for 9 years and never had more than 1-2 players with pop warner experience in any given year. Sometimes we would have none. I believe that players who have experience and want to play and be successful, know not to go to Mountain View because it is not a “winning football school” instead of trying to be the difference in the team.” – Jerry Rivas (former player and coach).

“Starts with culture. It’s futbol vs. football. Futbol players go to the view and stay for 4 years. I know we lose some players to other programs because of the lack of success.” – Lupe Nieves (former player and coach).

“They have athletes. Have always had athletes. But it doesn’t seem all those athletes play football. Go back to when they won league last time in basketball (2017). I saw them on the court and thought it was a good thing for the MVL that they didn’t all play football. You get those guys, some of their soccer kids and the kids that played football all on one team and you can win. But it has to start at the top.” – Jim Singiser (Former Arroyo HC).

“Man it’s tough. It’s hard to win because they never have! System of losing.” Matt Koffler (Former Rosemead player and HC).

“They’re always the toughest kids we play, they need to get their athletes on the football field.” – Jesse Ceniceros (El Monte HC).

9 Comments to "Why Not The View? Part 3"

  1. April 15, 2020 - 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone remember the last time the Vikings were good? That kind of success or lack there of is astounding. You cant be that bad accidentally. You have to try to be bad. But allow me to offer some insight. Ceniceros is committed to his DW offense that commitment is contagious so the kids buy in. At View they do a little DW a little spread and little veer. You don’t do a “little” veer either you do it fully or don’t do it all same with the DW. So the lack of a true commitment to a scheme a style an ethos and so the kids don’t buy in or rather there’s nothing to really buy into. EM under Sanchez bought into this crazy 5 wide never punt fast paced offense and they had some success. SEM bought into a power running game and they rode that wave to two semifinal runs. You can argue those teams had some dudes but the Point being if you the head coach and you believe so powerfully in something the kids will also believe in it and success will follow. The Vikings had better hope they hired the right dude because with all this scrutiny so to speak eye balls will definitely be on them. Also Coaches like Singiser or Matt Koffler aren’t accepting this job without making some serious demands from Administrators as this will take a complete overhaul top to bottom. So I guess we’ll see how committed to winning football games the Vikings are. Continuing to lose the way they do could cause irreparable damage if it hasn’t already caused players coaches and parents to realize that football and Mountain View just aren’t a match.

  2. More Please's Gravatar More Please
    April 15, 2020 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    I look forward to part 4 of this series, which will showcase those Vikings that have made an impact in college and the pros.

  3. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    April 14, 2020 - 11:30 pm | Permalink

    George, I admire your dedication to your alma mater. All of the schools in this area could use that kind of support. We hope and pray that they will be open again in a few months.
    A lot of things will have to go right in the meantime, though. Getting to the point where we can play football again, especially if it happens any time this coming fall, will be a tremendous victory for everyone involved.
    Reopening our schools and businesses and being able to conduct fairly normal activity will be an even bigger accomplishment. We as a people are in the toughest fight of our recent history.

  4. Go Stangs's Gravatar Go Stangs
    April 14, 2020 - 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Why complain about these stories? I mean, it’s fair to criticize them if they are poorly written or inaccurate, but to cry about them being irrelevant is silly.

    I haven’t noticed the name George Hernandez on bylines here before, which suggests to me that he is just a guy like any of us, he did some writing about something that interested him, a Tim saw fit to put it up.

    Do you think this blog should have more interesting stories? Write some yourself about something you feel is relevant. If it doesn’t suck, it may get published here.

    Thanks for contributing, George, and making this blog a better place. If you write Part Four, I’ll read it too.

  5. GHernandez's Gravatar GHernandez
    April 14, 2020 - 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I agree that they haven’t been good but like Goldbricker said maybe this will get some of those athletes out there and they win a couple games. Thanks for reading.

  6. Captain Bruin's Gravatar Captain Bruin
    April 14, 2020 - 5:47 pm | Permalink

    When my team played Mountain Viewed they gained a total of 15 yards on offense. True story.

  7. La Verdad's Gravatar La Verdad
    April 14, 2020 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Please stop writing about the Mark Keppel school in El Monte. Mountain View(duck farm) is a loser in football and will always be a loser!!! Big George needs to remember his time at “The View.” They sucked then and suck now!!!
    From T. Peterson: Right, stop writing about Mt. View history because there are so many other things going on in sports right now. I mean geez, how can we keep up?

  8. Truth's Gravatar Truth
    April 14, 2020 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    Mountain View sucks! Always has, always will.

  9. April 13, 2020 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s really cool to hear the guys giving their opinions on the View. We haven’t had this much pub in decades lol. If only a Koffler or Singiser would accept the challenge and turn this thing around. Mountain View deserves a winner it’s been long enough. It’s time to demand and expect victory instead of accepting being a doormat for the Eagles Knights Panthers and lions. Hopefully this article is the match that lights the fire under everyone associated with the program. Alumni pitch in time or money Coaches outwork the other coaches and players work your asses off outwork the competition rise up! Let’s do this!!!

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