6-0, 195-pound wide receiver Danny Coale estimates his 2006 stat line to be about 27 catches for around 650 yards with 13 touchdowns. More importantly, he has been a key part of an Episcopal team that has already captured the 2006 IAC regular season championship title.
“As a team, everything has been great,” Coale said of his senior season. “We’re 8-0 with one more game to go. Everyone’s just playing really hard. We haven’t been blowing out teams, although we could have. But our guys want to play hard, which is different from the past.
“Individually, it has been harder to get the ball. I get double-teamed a lot. Sometimes I even get triple-teamed. I just do anything I can to help out the team. Like the game against Bullis, I try to do what I can.”
The Bullis game which Coale is referring to took place last Friday. Episcopal won 47-20, thanks in large part to Coale’s four-touchdown performance. He scored the game’s first touchdown, returning a punt 70 yards for a score. He followed that up with two more scores – on a 50-yard touchdown and a 60-yard punt return, respectively – to give Episcopal a 20-0 lead. He would later add a 26-yard touchdown reception for good measure.
Needless to say, the Bullis game was one of Coale’s highlights from his senior season. He has enjoyed others as well.
“The game against Bullis is probably my best game individually in terms of total yardage,” said Coale, who also connected on five of seven extra points in that game. “And to grasp the IAC championship as a result was just great. Definitely one of the other big highlights was beating Collegiate. We scored to make it 21-20 with a minute left and we decided to go for two. I caught a fade in the corner of the end zone. They are the defending state champs and they haven’t been beaten in a long time. To beat them was really special.”
A terrific athlete, Coale also runs indoor track and plays lacrosse. He was offered a scholarship to play lacrosse at the University of Virginia – where his brother, Kevin, is on scholarship for lacrosse – but wanted to play college football instead.
“In lacrosse, you have your opportunities a lot earlier than football,” Coale said. “I knew I could play lacrosse somewhere, but I wanted to see what my options were for football. And I’ve always liked football...
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