Tragedy hit Moon Valley High School as 16-year-old junior football player Carlos Sanchez died after collapsing on the field Oct. 20 at Moon Valley High School.
Sanchez collapsed with just over eight minutes left in the game at Moon Valley High School and the game was delayed for 45 minutes as medical personnel attended to him on the field. According to a fire department spokesperson, Sanchez reportedly had a seizure during the game and was rushed to John C. Lincoln Hospital, where he died two days later.
Glendale Union High School District released a statement Oct. 22 stating, “Our school community is saddened by the news of (Sanchez’s) passing. We extend our deepest condolences to (Sanchez’s) family and friends during this difficult time.”
Moon Valley head football coach Seth Millican had nothing but praise for Sanchez.
“I want to express my sympathy for (Sanchez family) and I want to thank them for their incredible strength, and for allowing me to coach their son over the last two years. Sanchez had a 200-pound heart stuffed into a 170-pound body and was the very best of us. He was the best we had to offer and he was a constant force of hard work and selflessness on our team.”
The school had numerous social workers on campus Oct. 23 to support staff, as well as students, according to a district spokesperson.
Moon Valley Principal Anat Salyer also sent a letter with news of the incident to parents Oct. 22.
Moon Valley football teammate Bobby Carlon tweeted Oct. 21, “Rest In Peace (Sanchez) you put everyone before you and you are the most caring person I knew. I know for sure you’re going to a better place. God is taking care of you now.”
Numerous schools were also sending condolences via social media.
“(Deer Valley Skyhawks football) is saddened to learn of this horrible tragedy & loss. Our hearts & prayers go out to his Family & Teammates! #CarlosStrong,” tweeted Deer Valley Football.
Centennial Football also tweeted, “@Cehsfootball sends our thoughts & prayers out to @MVRocketsFB, and the Sanchez family. Sorry for your loss.”
Moon Valley closes the football season Oct. 27 at home against Peoria High School.
Ricky Rivas, a Moon Valley junior cornerback, tweeted “We love you Carlos!!! Watch over all of us buddy, everyone appreciated everything you did for them!!! #CarlosStrong”
Greenway junior Kolbe Pesnell tweeted, “Prayers out to everyone at Moon Valley & their families, RIP Carlos”
Parents and students gathered outside Moon Valley High School Oct. 22 after Sanchez’s death was confirmed and built a memorial to him with candles and pictures.
A majority of the school was wearing blue in honor of Sanchez Oct. 23, the first day of school after his death.