Charles Bertoli rushed for 24 yards on five carries with a long run of 12 yards in Boise State’s annual Blue and Orange Spring Game Saturday at Bronco Stadium.

The offense beat the defense, 28-19, in front of 9,146 fans.

“He looks fast and strong out there,” Bleacher Report said of Bertoli on its web site.

Bleacher Report also said that Bertoli ran with power and speed.

Bertoli is a St. Helena High School graduate and a redshirt freshman for the Broncos, who went 11-2 during the 2012 season, tying for the Mountain West Conference championship and winning the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, 28-26 over Washington.

Boise State finished last year’s season ranked No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, No. 18 in The Associated Press Poll and No. 19 in the final BCS Standings.

The Broncos start the 2013 season on Aug. 31 at Washington.

“The running backs are a huge story out of the spring game, if not the biggest,” Bleacher Report said. “It will be intriguing to see if they can carry that momentum into the fall.”

Bertoli was the Player of the Year on the 2011 All-Napa County team.

He had 1,214 yards rushing, an 8.04-yard average per carry, and 52 total tackles, leading St. Helena (11-1 overall) to the North Central League I title and to the CIF North Coast Section Division IV playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

He scored 37 total touchdowns (29 rushing, six receiving, one kickoff return and one punt return).

Bertoli shined in the West team’s 22-0 win over the East in last year’s East-West Charity All-Star Football Classic at Memorial Stadium in Napa.

He ran for 45 yards on seven carries. He scored on a two-point conversion run. He caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Benicia quarterback Austin Carr.

He also flashed on special teams, running downfield and making a stop on the second-half kickoff.

Martinez in the mix at Idaho

Napa High graduate Juan Martinez was credited with four solo tackles and a pass breakup for the University of Idaho Saturday in the Vandals’ third scrimmage of the spring at the Kibbie Dome.

“I did like the defense flying around and hitting people,” coach Paul Petrino said on the Idaho web site. “We’re getting tougher. There’s no question we’ll be a tough team.”

Martinez was the Napa County Defensive Player of the Year and a third-team All-State player by in 2010. He played his freshman year of college at Solano Community College, earning All-Bay Valley Conference, and last fall at San Francisco City College.

He played both inside and outside linebacker for San Francisco City.

Reed sees action for Colorado

Markeis Reed had one unassisted stop for the University of Colorado in the Buffaloes’ Black-Gold spring game Saturday at Folsom Field in Boulder. The Black beat the Gold, 17-16.

Reed is a Vintage High graduate and was an early enrollee, starting at CU in January.

He is playing outside linebacker.

He was a two-way starter for Vintage, earning All-Monticello Empire League and All-Napa County honors while receiving a coach’s award and Golden Helmet award at the Crushers’ year-end banquet.

Stanford wraps up spring ball

Stanford wrapped up its spring season with the annual Cardinal & White Spring Game on Saturday.

The White (defense) beat the Cardinal (offense), 40-34, at Stanford Stadium.

“We’ve got some young receivers that can do some things for us now so I wanted to make sure that those guys had some opportunities,” head coach David Shaw said on the Stanford web site.

Stanford starts the 2013 season at home on Sept. 7 against San Jose State.

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Wow...haven't been that many D1 players from Napa County playing at big time schools at one time in a long time.

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