Whenever votes are cast for CIF Offensive Player of the Year honors in Division 7, the top name on that chart should be Jordan Pachot. He’s a senior quarterback from a red-hot San Gorgonio High team, which is one victory away from winning a state championship.
It’s not unusual to see players from CIF championship teams get those top honors, which also includes Defensive Player of the Year award.
Here’s the thing: RB Elijah Hall is a bullet in Pachot’s gun. Those 2,210 yards rushing, plus another 688 yards off his passing arm, represents some real ammunition — 35 TDs total.
More ammo comes from slot receiver Jaylen Matthews, who has 103 receptions — Pachot’s top target.
Extra ammo is sought from WR David Whaley who, like Matthews, has more than 1,000 yards in receptions. Whaley actually has more receiving TDs than Matthews by a 15-12 count.
If the Spartans’ offensive play-calling genius — we’re told that it’s Jordan’s dad, Gavin — is watching the field, they’ll spot defensive flaws.
Pachot is almost magical upon taking the snaps — faking speed-sweep handoffs, or a pitch to Hall, or looking to one side of the field. On a TD pass to Demajea Mitchell against Anaheim Western, Pachot did all of that before turning right.
Mitchell was open. He scooted past any defenders Western might’ve had in the area — due to Pachot’s left-side-of-the-field fakes — for a key 19-yard TD.
Part of Pachot’s weaponry is those fakes.
Earlier this season at Jurupa Hills, that Fontana-based program was stopping San G’s quick-hitting passes to the outside. Matthews is usually the target. After lulling Jurupa Hills with some crossing patterns and Hall sweeps to the opposite side, it was time for Pachot & Pachot to strike again.
Jurupa Hills had just scored. When San G regained possession, Gavin told play-caller Tracy Cotton to tell Jordan to run that quick-hitting swing pass to Matthews again.
Jurupa Hills had been all over it.
Matthews took it 71 yards for a TD. In that game, Matthews racked up over 200 yards in a key San Andreas League victory.
“I saw nothing but holes to run though,” Matthews said that night, “and there were a lot of open holes.”
Pachot threw 305 yards worth of pass completions.
As for Gavin Pachot, consider this:
He was an assistant coach at Citrus Valley — he and Blackhawks’ coach Kurt Bruich were teammates on Fontana High’s 1989 unbeaten team — before accompanying his son to San G this past season. Between 2010 and 2013, Rialto High reached the playoffs in three out of those four years, 5-5 in that other season.
The Knights are horrible. They’ve been horrible before and after Pachot — 10-50 between 2004-2008 and 12-38 in the years since he left. Rialto was an incredible 24-20 during his span.
San G’s M.O. is simple: Pachot, sitting atop the stadium, calls plays down to Cotton from upstairs while head coach Rich McClure has veto power from the sidelines.
Easy to compare statistics and devise arguments for Hall and Matthews for Offensive Player of the Year honors, especially due to their impressive numbers. Without Pachot, though, their skills might not have been utilized as effectively.
They’d be prominently noted on the All-CIF first team, no doubt.
San G’s QB isn’t afraid to let the sideline — aka his dad in the press box — know what’s not working in a game. In a 40-27 playoff win over Garden Grove, he let play-callers know that certain plays into the Argonauts’ defense weren’t working.
“Stop calling that play,” he yelled over.
Pachot, who has thrown for over 4,000 yards, has the power arm, brains, snap-taking skills and surrounding weapons.
And with record-setting San Bernardino Valley College QB Armando Herrera moving on, Wolverines’ offensive-minded head coach Daniel Algattas might have the perfect replacement.
Too bad, though. Jordan’s older brother, Kellen, was a sophomore who caught 68 passes over two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College.