Martello joins exclusive company with 200th career win

Colfax opens with 35-0 win
By: Mike Ray
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COLFAX – Colfax High football coach Tony Martello showed up for work Friday night in a good mood.


After watching his team help him reach the coveted 200th career win mark with a convincing 35-0 season-opening win over visiting Golden Sierra, you can bet that Martello left Marson Stadium in an even better mood.


“I’m honored and humbled,” a dripping wet Martello -- thanks to a postgame water-cooler shower -- told the Colfax home crowd as he was presented with a special award for reaching the milestone victory.


“I’m just a spoke in the wheel,” the Colfax coach added. “Along the way, I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by great coaches and players.”


Martello, whose career mark is 200-63-1, became the 13th coach in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section annals to reach the coveted mark. He is only the fifth CIF SJS coach to record all of his 200 wins at one school.


“We played pretty well on both sides of the ball tonight,” understated the Colfax coach. “It was good to see.”


The Falcons came out on fire as Colfax scored on its first five possessions to build a 35-0 lead by halftime and put the contest into a running clock for the entire second half.


Colfax quarterback Alex Weir, making his first career start, hit on 12 of 16 passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns – all in the first half. Weir tossed two scoring passes apiece to Colton Reeves (seven- and 37 yards) and Jake Green (two- and 35 yards). The Falcons didn’t throw a pass in the second half.


Reeves, who had been slowed in early Colfax drills by an injury, looked to be at full-strength when he busted off a counter for a 67-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.


“I thought we meshed and played well as a team tonight,” said Reeves. “It was nice getting coach his 200th win. He was pretty happy about it.”


The Falcons finished with 375 yards of total offense with the bulk coming in the first half. Senior Jack Watts sparked the Colfax running game with 73 yards on 11 carries. In the receiving department, Green snagged five passes for 88 yards while Reeves caught five balls for 87 yards.


On defense, Colfax also fared well. The Falcons limited Golden Sierra to just one first down in the opening half and got turnovers on interceptions from Dylan Owens and Jason Holm and a fumble recovery from Christian Evensen.


Also playing well on defense for the Falcons were Parker Sullivan, Jacob Schwartz, Tucker Klopotek and Peter O’Brien. Golden Sierra’s top rusher was Keaton Wright who rushed for 57 yards on 16 carries.


Colfax (1-0) will play Woodland next Friday night at Pioneer High School in Woodland.

Tony Martello by the numbers

Win No. 1- vs. Lincoln, 29-28, 1996


Win No. 50-  vs. Bear River, 35-23, 2001


Win No. 100- vs. Placer, 31-0, 2006


Win No. 150- vs. Wheatland, 49-12, 2012


Win No. 200- vs. Golden Sierra, 35-0, 2018

Colfax JVs 26, Bear River 0 – Juliono Martello scored on a 66-yard run, and Logan Wilkins and David Martinez each added scoring runs as the Falcons opened their season with a win. Gannon Brothers also came up with an interception for the Falcons.