Mohamed era at Brawley ends: Four brothers help Brawley football and baseball programs find success
The Mohamed brothers' era at Brawley Union High ended when the youngest Jared Mohamed (right), 15 at the time of this photo, graduated this year. (FROM LEFT) Marty is the oldest followed by Kyle and Dylan. ( IVP FILE PHOTO / June 9, 2013)
Marty Jr., Kyle, Dylan and Jared all have shared a similar path as Wildcats. Outstanding football players and co-captains of their football teams, all were recognized as San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athletes and enshrined in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s San Diego Chapter and all were named to All-Imperial Valley League teams on both offense and defense.
During the 12-year Mohamed era, the Wildcats’ football program went 78-29 with six IVL championships while never finishing lower than second place. It included seven Bell Game victories and 12 consecutive playoff appearances.
Beyond the football field, the Mohamed brothers all graduated in the top 10 of their class, were standouts in other sports and for good measure, all were Elks Teens of the Month and were voted by their fellow students to the football Homecoming Court as seniors.
Martin Mohamed Jr.
Marty is the oldest who graduated in 2006 and has the longest story to tell among the Mohamed brothers but if you ask any of his brothers, they will say that the standards were set by Marty.
“As far as setting the bar myself, it goes back to my parents and grandparents in that they taught me to never be satisfied, that there’s always something more to accomplish,” Marty said.
Although a tough act to follow Marty had no doubt his brothers were ready to do just that.
“Being four brothers there’s competition to outperform each other,” Marty said. “I think that we all wanted the next one to outperform us and to do better. It’s a competition but in a positive way.”
Marty has one thing over his brothers that he wishes they too could have experienced: playing in the CIF-San Diego Section Division IV championship game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
“It was exciting, the kind of thing you see in your ‘Friday Night Lights’ movie where the whole town shut down … that week you had the vibe it was unique, that it was really a big deal,” Marty said.
Marty, who will be getting married next month, also led the brothers to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and continued a standout career there, finishing as the sixth all-time in tackles with 292. He was named the Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
After graduating with a degree in construction management, Marty played a preseason game in the Canadian Football League. He was called by the Toronto Blue Bombers to try out the following fall but opted to pursue a career in the business world.
“I wanted to play professionally somewhere to prove to myself I could hang with these guys, but I decided to not spend two or three more years and get going with my life,” Marty said. “I’d already proved to myself I could play and I wanted to move on.”
Kyle played his sophomore year on the same team with Marty and, like his older brother, would be a fullback and linebacker.
“I never felt any pressure to be better than Marty’s standards, which he set high for all of us,” Kyle said. “I just wanted to keep it up and do my best.”
Kyle paved his own road by earning first team IVL honors on both offense and defense as a senior and junior.
“I don’t think it starts with us all having a “want to” for ourselves attitude,” Kyle said. “We want to be better than the others but we weren’t doing it to put the others down, it’s to set the bar higher.”