Who is the favorite in the Mission Valley?

Below: El Monte’s Brandon Martinez is the third leading passer in the CIF-Southern Section with 1,879 yards passing and 16 touchdowns, averaging 375 yards a game. He had his best game on Friday, throwing for 573 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-41 win over Bell Gardens. El Toro’s Conner Manning leads the section with 2,572 yards and 27 TDs.

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
Perhaps El Monte coach Joel Sanchez put it best on Monday when he said the Valley is going to start learning the truth about Mission Valley League teams beginning this week, because right now there are a lot of confused people.

It starts with one quick glance of the standings entering league play.

Gabrielino is 5-0. Mountain View is 3-2. Are these teams for real? They play each other on Friday, so the area will begin to find out.

Also on Friday is arguably the marquee game of the season when El Monte (3-2) hosts Arroyo. The game is homecoming for the Lions and if previous crowds this season are any indicator fans had better arrive early.

In theory, this is supposed to be the night when El Monte knocks Arroyo from its perch atop the league. The Knights (3-2) have won the past three league championships and beat El Monte 35-20 in Week 10 last season to win the league championship.

“It’s exciting to know that everybody has a shot as of now,” Sanchez said.
“You see how things are now and everybody should be thinking they’re going to make the playoffs at worst and are going to have a league title chance. You shouldn’t be in the game if you’re not thinking that.”

While the Arroyo-El Monte game is huge, and the truth game between Gabrielino and Mountain View is big, fans shouldn’t forget about Rosemead hosting South El Monte.

The Eagles kept the Panthers at home for the postseason with a 33-31 win in Week 10 last seas on and Rosemead will be smarting for revenge. The loser of this game has a tall order left in league with games still to come against Arroyo and El Monte.

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  • greenie

    I love midvalley talk…You got to go with Bmart and El Monte. He is putting up Steven Rivera numbers. However, the lion Defense has given 200 pts, but has played the best teams so far. Gabrielino’s defense looks good on paper..but Keppel, Bosco tech, Contreras could just be stuffing. Mountain View, is improved, but that loss to Sierra Vista…worries me. Rosemead has some quality wins but the lost to TC leaves doubt. South El monte had a shot by injuries might have knocked them out. That leaves Arroyo..the reigning champ. They are well coached an proud program. Im sure if they can beat El Monte early, they could steal league again. This might be the strongest MVL in past years. Every game may be a league title game. Maybe this toughens up a champion which can upset San Dimas in the playoffs the get that last available Semi-finals spot, which Monrovia, Sierra Canyon, and Paraclete seem to be locks. Which ever MVL Defense can step up for 5 games produces the MVL Champion.



    I agree the midvalley is a fun division! I just have to go with Arroyo in this game because if my mind serves me right Arroyo hasn’t lost to El Monte for at least a decade! That by itself is impressive. Martinez is the kind of player that can change that for El Monte. Coaching goes a long way in the Mission Valley. Why do you think the top two teams are always Arroyo and Rosemead every year. They dont make any noise in the playoffs every year but there consistently the best teams out of that league.

    I’m going with Arroyo, Singiser and MacMillan to pull out the win in a low scoring game.

  • RawRobby

    I agree. El Monte is not accustomed to all this hype and they have good chance of choking. For Arroyo, games like this a routine and they have the advantage even when they are at El Monte on their homecoming night. EM defense loses this game. Knights win.

  • BIGDOG54

    EMHS 30 Arroyo 0 1990 last time Em beat Arroyo

  • RawRobby


    EM hasn’t beat Arroyo in 22 years. Very impressive.