Thirty-six carries, 301 yards, and a school record five touchdowns…that was the night Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) senior JC Coleman produced in last week’s 48-20 win over Great Bridge.
“He was tremendous,” Tigers head coach Rich Morgan said of his 5’7″, 170-pound tailback. “He showed why he is the best running back in the state. He took the game over. He knew we wanted to get the ball to him in the second half, to really open up the lead. He responded. J.C. definitely had a tremendous game. He wanted to put the team on his shoulders, which is what you’re looking for out of your captains.”
Coleman is in his third season on the varsity level. He has earned the respect of his head coach, of course with production – he rushed for 1,399 yards as a sophomore and 1,402 yards as a junior – but also with his character.
“J.C. is kind of like me. I’m very competitive, and I want our players to act like I act. J.C. has that same personality on the field and it translates to the rest of his teammates,” Morgan said. “He puts in the work. You can tell he wants to win, and that rubs off on everybody else. I appreciate the leadership out of him, especially with the young guys.”
Coleman put his talents against some of the top talents in the country this past offseason, attending a Nike Combine in Tallahassee, the Gridiron Kings national 7-on-7 competition, and Nike’s The Opening in Oregon. Coach Morgan discussed the effects of these competitions on his speedy senior.
“To me, he is pretty much the same guy he was last year,” Morgan said. “This year, he just knows it’s his last chance. He came in as a sophomore and we’ve had great teams and great seasons. The only thing we haven’t gotten is a state title. He knows it’s his last chance to get that, and that’s driving him even more.
“Going against all the guys he saw this summer, and doing...
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