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Napa moves forward, as quickly as possible (CA)

For a guy who had been a head coach only one year, at the junior varsity level, being asked to fill the big varsity shoes of Troy Mott must have felt like 2003 all over again.

It was Jesus “Chuy” Martinez’s senior season of Napa High football and he was asked to play quarterback for the first time, after lining up at tailback and safety as a junior. He may have been blindsided from time to time, but bounced back enough to lead the Indians to the playoffs and CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals.

“He makes all the right decisions and doesn’t try to do everything by himself,” then-offensive coordinator Mott said of Martinez leading up to that year’s Big Game against Vintage. “We haven’t had a quarterback around here who can play like that for a long time.”

Fourteen years later, Mott resigned over differences with the administration after breaking the school record for career wins in his 11th season as head coach. There had been a hazing scandal, his assistant coaches were asked to re-apply and didn’t, and the only ones with head coaching experience left to join other schools’ staffs. Outside applicants showed interest, but backed out.

Just before the school’s self-imposed deadline of June 15 to get a head coach or else cancel the 2017 Napa High varsity, JV and freshman football seasons, Martinez was approached about it.

As a police officer at Napa State Hospital, he’s hit with surprises all the time. He didn’t have much time to think about taking the coaching job, but he didn’t have to.

“Definitely my goals were not to be the head man this year, but it happened,” Martinez said. “Sometimes in life that’s what you’ve got to do: you got to take on a challenge, embrace it and go for it.

“My passion has always been to coach. I’ve been around Napa High a long time and I felt somebody had to carry on the tradition. We couldn’t just let the tradition die away. I’ve had the support from Troy Mott and all the coaches that were there and the administration, so there was really no hesitation once I was asked to do it.”

Many of the starters on last year’s 5-5 JV squad came out for summer programs, eager to follow Martinez to the varsity. But not all of the junior standouts on last year’s varsity did, knowing Mott wouldn’t be their head coach as seniors. Not right away, anyway. The last of them did finally join the team a week and a half ago, and will probably have to sit out the season opener against Pitman because of it.

Despite missing spring football and getting a late start, the Indians are eager to shoot for their fourth straight Monticello Empire League title and silence any doubters in town.

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