Fruitland's Martarano named state football player of the year

Fruitland's Martarano named state football player of the year
Fruitland High quarterback/linebacker Joe Martarano was named the Idaho Gatorade football player of the year on Thursday.

The Boise State football commit threw for 1,240 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season, leading the Grizzlies to a seventh-straight state championship game appearance. He rushed for 551 yards and another ten scores.

On Defense, Martarano amassed 147 tackles and four interceptions in 12 games.

Martarano is the second Idaho football player of the year from a 3A school, and the first since Weiser's Levi Madrietta won the award in 1999. The award dates to 1986.

Other recent winners (High School/College) include Chad Chalich (2011-12, Coeur d'Alene HS/Univ. of Idaho), Cody McCarthy (2010-11, Bishop Kelly High School/Eastern Washington Univ.), Taylor Kelly (2009-10, Eagle/Arizona State), Taysom Hill (2008-09, Highland High School/BYU) and Byron Hout (2007-08, Lake City/Boise State)

From the Gatorade Player of the year press release:

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Martarano joins recent Gatorade Idaho Football Players of the Year Chad Chalich (2011-12, Coeur d'Alene HS), Cody McCarthy (2010-11, Bishop Kelly High School), Taylor Kelly (2009-10, Eagle), Taysom Hill (2008-09, Highland High School) and Byron Hout (2007-08, Lake City) among the state’s list of former award winners.