Go for it: My feeling on this is turn him loose. I don’t care if El Monte is up 28 in the fourth quarter, let Martinez go and chase history. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to have a season like this, if anyone doesn’t like it, then man-up and stop him. This isn’t AYSO.
By Fred J. Robledo
El Monte senior quarterback Brandon Martinez already has re-written nearly every school record, now he has his sights set on the East San Gabriel Valley’s all-time single-season passing mark, set in 1982 by Los Altos’ Mike Smith, who threw for 3,437 yards.
Arroyo’s Steven Rivera, who became the San Gabriel Valley’s career passing leader with 8,295 yards and 91 touchdowns (2008-11), is second all-time in the East San Gabriel Valley after throwing for 3,408 yards and 38 touchdowns last year.
The all-time San Gabriel Valley record was set in 2002 by Muir’s Richard Irvin, who threw for 4,061 yards behind quarterbacks coach and offensive guru Steve Clarkson. The state record is held by Folsom’s Tanner Trosin, who threw for 5,185 yards in 2011.
Martinez, second in the CIF-Southern Section in passing, threw for 386 yards and six touchdown in last week’s 38-21 win over Arroyo to push his season total to 2,265 yards and 22 touchdowns with four games remaining plus the playoffs.
Martinez is averaging 377 yards and at that pace, he could eclipse 3,700 yards by week 10.
If Martinez gets extremely hot, he could be within reach of the CIF-state record for passing yards in a 10-game regular season.
Modesto Downey’s Jason Lee holds that distinction, passing for 3,972 yards in 2009 to set the record in a 10-game season.
Martinez is second in the Southern Section behind El Toro senior Conner Manning, who leads everyone with 2,939 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Martinez is also 20 touchdowns shy of the all-time SGV mark for touchdown passes in a season. Bishop Amat’s Pat Haden (1970) and Los Altos’ Aguilar (2000) share the record with 42.