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By Toni DeRosa
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WHS coach hopes for repeat of great season

 

September 19, 2019 | View PDF

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Coach Chad Martinez

Wasco High's varsity football coach, Chad Martinez, thinks the Tigers may take it all the way to the finals in this year's season.

Martinez greets anyone who steps into his classroom with a smile and a welcoming attitude. "We have a well-oiled machine working in Wasco," he said.

Martinez spent a year as football coach for Delano High School before arriving in Wasco. He has previously coached basketball, soccer and track, but football is where his heart lies. "This is my 10th year of coaching," he said. "I take pride in what I do."

Although Martinez was born and raised in the Inglewood section of Los Angeles County, he has adapted well to life in the Central Valley. "I love the smaller communities where everyone works together," he said. He added that he enjoys the way his circle of friends expands the longer he is at Wasco High.

One of the highlights of the team is when they operate the double wing-T offense. In layman's terms, this is when the center snaps the ball to the quarterback while the linebackers on each side carry out whatever play has been decided upon in the huddle. "This is a good strategy because it can confuse the opposing team when they don't know whether the quarterback is going to run with the ball or hand it over to either his right or left linebacker," Martinez said.

He said Wasco prefers to play an offensive running game instead of a passing game. "It depends on who is available to catch the ball, whether or not we change our strategy. It's still early in the season to make such a change from a running offense to a passing offense."

Coach Martinez stated that this year the varsity team has 44 players, the junior varsity team has 38 players, and the freshman team – with 52 players – has the most.

"This year's team is more focused, and they understand and play faster than last year," he said. "We realize how good we were last year and will continue that."

"I consider Shafter High and Kennedy High the two teams to beat this year," Martinez said.

He also mentioned that because the offense was so good last year, he feels it enabled the defense an easier path to protect the end zone. "We have a very talented wide receiver in Andre Cordova," he added. "He's very good."

Martinez loves being involved in the football fever that hits the city during football season. "The Bear Boosters, alumni and everyone else has been so welcoming and supportive," he said. "With dinner prepared for the players and coaches before every home game, the community has stepped up to support everyone involved."

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Wasco High varsity football team at practice.

The 2019 varsity roster includes #8 Kevin Chavez, #33 Ernesto Contreras, #7 Andre Cordova, #67 Rogelio Cuevas, #27 Brock Derington, #88 Marcos Echeverria, #11 Azai Ferguson, #63 Chris Garza, #85 Alejandro Gil, #18 Mavrick Greenfield, #23 Raul Gutierrez, #25 Misyn Lane, #51 Daniel Lopez, #62 Fernando Lopez, #10 Julius Manzano, #31 Juan R. Martinez, #24 Miguel Martinez, #59 Josh Mejia, #14 Tony Peak, #21 Alejandro Prieto, #15 Luis Quintana, #54 Santiago Reyna, #64 Matt Robledo, #78 Eddie Saldana, #1 Elias Salinas, #6 Rodrick Scott, #5 Sean Sharp, #52 Nick Sobolewski, #17 Eduardo Solis, #66 Jared Torres, #72 Geronimo Valdivia, #77 Jonathan Valera, #4 Jacob Villanueva, and #2 Christian Villarruel Alvarez.

"Running back Christian Alvarez, linebacker Alejandro Prieto, and linebacker Chris Garza are three of the top returning players," Martinez said.

In addition to football and teaching, Martinez has a new family with twin boys born last August. His spare time is spent with his wife of five years, Marcela, and twins, Kash and Kodi.

 

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