EAST LANSING (AP) — Some of the unbelievable plays that New Lothrop football star Amari Coleman managed to pull off on the gridiron this season were simply amazing.
Hornets coach Clint Galvas could go on and on about the highlights and breathtaking touchdowns that he personally witnessed the Central Michigan-bound playmaker complete on the field in his senior campaign.
But if one game stands out the most in Galvas’ mind it would have to be Coleman’s five-touchdown effort against previously unbeaten Pewamo-Westphalia in a season finale victory. He rushed for 232 yards with five touchdowns and caught a pair of passes for 50 yards.
Performances like those are the reason Coleman is the Associated Press Player of the Year for Division 7-8.
“Even for me as a coach to watch him was kind of a ‘wow’ moment,” Galvas recalled. “That was a ‘wow’ game. Every time he touched the ball he was doing something big. He scored five touchdowns, but he was just all over the place. Pewamo had given up (34 points) all year long, and he scored five touchdowns alone.”
Barely 17 years old because he started school early, Coleman earned unanimous AP first-team All-State honors as a receiver for the second year in a row. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete starred at running back, wide receiver and on defense as a cornerback. He played a major role in helping New Lothrop end the regular season 9-0 for the fourth year in a row.
Before the conclusion of the season, Coleman already held school records for most interceptions in a season (8), career (12), best average per carry (22.2), and best average per reception (25.8).
This season, Coleman averaged 20.8 yards per carry and amassed 10 rushing touchdowns along with five more receiving touchdowns and a 17-yard average per reception.
Through semifinal play of the postseason, Coleman scored 15 individual touchdowns. He made up for lost time after missing New Lothrop’s last two postseason runs due to injuries. Every time he touched the ball, Coleman felt he had a good chance at scoring.