Sanchez’ Top Five

Roy Barajas is one of the top 5 best players that Joel Sanchez ever coached.

Former longtime El Monte head coach Joel Sanchez gives his top five players that he’s ever coach and coached against. All players are El Monte players.

1. Brandon Martinez (QB – MVL MVP, CIF POTY, SGV POTY, Maxpreps And Cal Hi Sports All State): One of the best players to come out of El Monte High School and play in the MVL. He outworked everyone on and off the field. He wasn’t the biggest or fastest but he did not like to fail and he showed everyone on Friday night. A true leader and set the standard for the QB position in the Valley.

2. Abel Barajas (WR/LB All League, All CIF, Maxpreps and Cal Hi Sports All State): Big, strong and sneaky fast. Amazing hands and strength. A nightmare match-up for any corner that he played against. Would punish anyone that got in his way.

3. Julio Tena (OL/LB – 1st All League, All Valley): They don’t make them any tougher than this guy. He bleeds EM blue and was a force on both sides of the ball. Hard hitter and would open up holes against anyone.

4. Luke Ayala (RB/DB – 1st Team All League, All Valley): Fast, smart and elusive. One of the most athletic/smartest football players I had the pleasure in coaching. He loved to get the ball in big situations and always came through. Football IQ is through the roof.

5. Roy Barajas (RB/CB 1st Team All League, All Valley and All CIF): This kid would punish you and run away from you on any given play. He was strong and very athletic. Played on both sides of the ball. You always needed to know where #7 was at because he was one carry away from taking it to the house.

Tommy Cogburn (WR/DB, S.El Monte)
Aaron Harris (RB/DB, Baldwin Park)
Matt Fregoso (RB/DB, Rosemead)
Mitch LeVier (QB, Cal High)
Tra Sumler (RB/DB, Rosemead)

21 Comments to "Sanchez’ Top Five"

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 13, 2020 - 7:30 am | Permalink

    Thank you! Now we don’t have to hear from Thurs-DayKnight (he’s getting demoted to JV).

  2. TD Passes Don’t Lie's Gravatar TD Passes Don’t Lie
    May 11, 2020 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Also B-Mart’s Senior year had 2 receivers with 1000 yards and no one rushed for over 1000. But I guess it sounds better to just make stuff up.

  3. TD Passes's Gravatar TD Passes
    May 11, 2020 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    At least we know B-Marts TD and all the TD of the kids on those squads were not padded. If you think the stats were padded, read the articles from that year. Not much different than what the Trib and Mid printed in their game stories. Ask TP, JT or the rest of the Mid Reporters whether or not they know how to do stats.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 10, 2020 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Agreed but I feel like mistakes are always made. It’s part of the game. To add over 100 yards of offense to a player is flat out dumb. I don’t know of any coach that would do that.

    It’s a dumb accusation by Get Back Coach. He better be careful or the new head coach will demote him to JV Get Back Coach.


  5. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 9, 2020 - 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Actually, the proof is in the unredacted videos which can be found on Hudl, if you have a password. I think it would be beneficial to randomly check everyone’s work at least once or twice a season.
    As for the accuracy of stats that are posted on MaxPreps, it all comes down to the reliability of the individuals involved. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who has access to Alhambra’s games on Hudl is welcome to check my work at any time.
    I use the game videos on Hudl myself to record the tackles and assists for Alhambra’s defense. During the games, I only have time to do a written play-by-play, which I use afterward to come up with the offensive and special-teams stats for both sides.
    Hudl is also handy when I occasionally have to double-check plays to make sure I was correct on the yardage or player ID’s.
    I’ve been known to make a correction or two. It’s hard to be perfect when the lighting and sightlines are less than optimal, or when plays are being made on the opposite side or in the far corners of the field.
    Doing football stats in a comprehensive way is actually a two-person job, but our online technology now makes it easier for one statistician to get by.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 9, 2020 - 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Like I said. The proof is in the pudding. All you gotta do is check Maxpreps son. Now Get Back! Haha

  7. May 8, 2020 - 10:51 pm | Permalink

    @Ron great idea Sir. Random stat checking by someone would be a great way to stop the “Sanchez-ing stats”

    The coolest thing is having a troll…. yea it’s pretty cool lmfao. 7 tackles and someone marked him at 10? I can understand that a tackle here or there. Definitely in realm of acceptable. What I’m talking about is a game where a QB really threw for 186 yards and got marked 300+ yards. A receiver caught 6 passes for 83 yards and got marked at 8 receptions 147 yards, a runningback rushing for 152 yards but being marked at 286! Now, Multiply that by 10! ya see where I’m getting at here?

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 6, 2020 - 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha oh Get Back Coach. You’re such a dummy. I’ve seen film on Arroyo and saw guys with 7 tackles but had 10 listed on maxpreps. If anyone inflates stays its your pops. And that year the QB threw for over 4,000 yards and the RB was not listed at 1,700 yards. Check maxpreps bro. It’s all there. if you knew Sanchez you would know he doesn’t need stats in his life to feel good. Take your nonsense elsewhere. Is your new papi head coach going to let you patrol the sidelines or are you getting demoted to filming your next opponent? Btw, Having a troll is probably the coolest thing that has happened to you.

  9. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 6, 2020 - 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps all high school football statisticians should agree to random verification of their work on Hudl. Anyone who has the time—and a Hudl account—is always welcome to check my stats for Alhambra High.
    Such a policy could substantially reduce the padding of players’ stats, and accusations thereof.

  10. May 5, 2020 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    @Anonymous, stop trolling candy ass! But, Proof? Sanchez had a season where the he had four receivers over a thousand yards a runningback who ran for 1700 yards and also received over a thousand yards! Do the math Numbskull! That’s all the proof you need to know. Oh and he had a defense that would have multiple players with 150 plus tackles!!! Like 4 or 5 lmao. It’s pretty well known by all the coaches in the area that he inflated numbers. Taking nothing away from the kids, like I said they were great players. It’s just a shame that that their coach was an ego maniac that needed these numbers to satisfy himself or he was so insecure that he needed to do this to inflate his confidence. Either way, it’s no bueno to do that.

  11. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 3, 2020 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    @ HawkingAHS: Thanks for the additional info about Matt Fregoso; I was so totally focused on football that I forgot he had the wrestling job as well.
    I wish Matt the best in his efforts to bring the AHS wrestling program back to the level of excellence established by Mike Williams, who retired in 2017 after coaching the team for 45 years.

  12. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 3, 2020 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Get Back Coach strikes again! Get outta here with that stat padding nonsense. Show us the proof.

  13. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 3, 2020 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    Brandon Martinez and Abel Barajas didn’t even enjoy a solo MVL championship. Steven Rivera much better and it’s pretty said those are his best players since they got smacked by SEMHS that year. True colors came out when they played a well coached team.

  14. May 3, 2020 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    He is the head Wrestling coach. All the stats on the field he was a better wrestler.

  15. May 2, 2020 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Martinez was an absolute stud on the field! Abel was a nasty mismatch for anyone! But this must be said… these players were all great but we don’t know their real stats because Sanchez was notorious for padding those numbers! Nobody could turn a 5 yard run and fudge it to a 25 yarder in the state line like old Joel could.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 2, 2020 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Give Booth to any MVL team and they “run with it.”

    Rivera played two extra years and had more championships but BMart had a bigger senior year. Rivera played D but we are talking better QB. I go with BMart.

  17. May 2, 2020 - 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Matt Fregoso was a great HS Athlete

  18. May 2, 2020 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

    El Monte certainly has had its share of great talents!

    Luke Ayala was perhaps the most exciting player on this list.

    Brandon a Martinez or Steven Rivera as best ever QB in the MVL?

  19. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 2, 2020 - 3:01 pm | Permalink

    There was a coach between them for the 2016 season.

  20. One More's Gravatar One More
    May 2, 2020 - 1:28 pm | Permalink

    And the greatest coach that Sanchez ever preceded? Jesse Cineceros.

  21. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 2, 2020 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Former Rosemead superstar Matt Fregoso is now an assistant coach and special education teacher at Alhambra High. He joined the AHS staff before the 2019 season.

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