Coto and Peters Mid Valley Area’s Top Returning Quarterbacks
August 7, 2013 • 563 views
Graduation always brings change, but to football fans, quite often, it can bring a sobering reality. The reality being that your “guy” is gone.
So El Monte is going to have to find life after Brandon Martinez, Blake Heyworth has moved on from Monrovia after leading the Wildcats to consecutive titles, and Levi Wells has departed from South El Monte…Just to name a few.
Who is left standing?
Arroyo’s Nathan Coto and Gabrielino’s Elijah Peters. Both players led their teams to winning records in 2012, and both are expected to be key ingredients as they expect to compete in the Mission Valley League and beyond.
Coto, a senior, will always be known as the guy who followed Steven Rivera at Arroyo. However, in a season that saw Coto go through some growing pains to learn his craft it came together late. Coto led the Knights to their first road victory in the post-season since 2004 when they defeated Bell Gardens in the first round and then nearly engineered an upset in the second round against defending state champion Sierra Canyon.
His off season has been tremendous and the Arroyo faithful are expecting a special year out of Coto.
For Peters there was no post season glory, but the Tongva Nation can take pride in their first winning season in nine years. Early in its history Gabrielino had been a high school known for developing quarterbacks from Kevin Trochez, to Jeremy Sanchez, and Paul Zuniga.
Peters 14 touchdown passes in 2012 drove the Eagles to a 7-3 record and he was only a sophomore. Now heading into his junior season with a big target in Jeremy Franco returning, expectations are high.
Between the two passers Peters is taller at 6-2, but Coto has the edge as a runner, with a thicker build, the Arroyo quarterback rushed for 444 yards and six touchdowns. Peters didn’t do too bad with 214 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.
With El Monte, South El Monte, Rosemead, and Mt. View looking at new passers these two figure to give their teams the edge this upcoming season.
Gabrielino travels to Bergstrom Stadium to play Arroyo on October 11th.