Sebastian Rivera

Semi-pro team dedicates season to Rivera

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Martin Rivera Jr. (left) and Martin Rivera suit up for the West Coast Soldiers. The elder Rivera wears the number three in honor of his son Sebastian, who passed away in September. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Nearly five months have passed since the tragic loss of Central High quarterback Sebastian Rivera. The prep football season, the holidays have all come and gone. Time may heal wounds, but for Martin Rivera dealing with the passing of his son is still very much a work in progress.

Central's Rivera set to take reigns


The role of starting quarterback has proved a tenuous position at Central High the past few years. Injuries have often prevented the Bears from achieving any kind of stability.

"Last year, we struggled offensively," said Central head coach Chris Sands, whose team went 2-8 last year, his first at the helm. "We couldn't find that guy under center who could throw and run."

Enter Sebastian Rivera this spring. Or more accurately, re-enter, as the team's new starting signal caller.