Martarano Focus Back On Football

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) had a busy off-season as he camped at Boise State in June, played baseball in a number of regional tournaments, & even went to Chicago for the Under Armour All-America Game 2 weeks ago. Now it's back to football as Martarano & his teammates look to lead Fruitland to yet another state championship. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his senior season.

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) had a busy off-season as he camped at Boise State in June, played baseball in a number of regional tournaments, and even went to Chicago for the Under Armour All-America Game about two weeks ago. Now it's back to football as Martarano and his teammates look to lead Fruitland to yet another state championship.

"Baseball went good," he said. "I was at the Under Armour Game about two weeks ago. I thought I compared well to the other guys out there. I had a hit in the fifth inning to put us ahead by two. Overall, I thought it was a great experience."

"I thought we played well against Middleton last week...but we can play better," he stated. "We had some penalties, missed opportunities, things like that, but it's good to win even when we don't play our best game."

"I had 20 tackles and 1 INT on defense," he said. "On the INT, Alec tipped the pass and it was right above the middle of the pile. I just jumped up and grabbed it."

The biggest game in Fruitland history? It could very well be just that as next week the future Bronco will lead his team down to the Sacramento area for a big game against Casa Roble.

"Honestly, it'll probably be the toughest game in school history," said Martarano. "I haven't watched a lot of film on them yet, but it looks like they like to pass a lot from what I've seen. I think we're definitely going to have to throw the ball a bit more against them. Their pass defense doesn't seem as strong as their run defense."

"We're definitely going to carry a chip on our shoulder going into that game," he said. "Everyone thinks California has better football, but really what they have is a larger population and more exposure. We want to show that we can play with those guys too."

The talented LB says he keeps in contact with LBs Coach Bob Gregory and Head Coach Chris Petersen. As a matter of fact, his future Head Coach just recently sent him a handwritten letter.

"Coach Pete sent me a letter today," he said. "Getting something like that from Coach Pete is really important. There are a bunch of kids at my school that would do anything to get one of those. Overall, he's just a really good guy, cares for his players, and tries to keep them in line. I know it's going to be real fun to play for him."

"Coach Pete was congratulating me on the first game and told me that he can't wait for me to get there," said Martarano. "He just told me to focus on the season and keep working hard."

Martarano went on to say that he's still focused on playing football at Boise State and believes it will take a lot to get him to change his mind.

"I'm focused on playing football for Boise State. I'm going to stay focused on something I know I can have for sure," he said. "Coach Pete hasn't promised me anything, but said that a few years at Boise State would prepare me well for the future. Playing in the NFL has always been one of my dreams."

"It will take a lot to get me to change my mind from that."

"I'm 100% committed."

And the goal for the 2012 season? Nothing less than a state championship.

"I definitely think we have the team to win it...we're motivated," he said. "We just have to take it one game at a time," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Joey Martarano.




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