Third-string running back isn’t exactly the most glamorous position in high school sports.
That’s where Tyquan Coleman found himself to begin the 2016 season for Cascade Christian. But things changed quickly at the 1A power. A couple injuries later, Coleman became the starting back and ran with it, scoring 31 touchdowns and earning 1A Nisqually first-team honors.
Coleman was also first-team defense, with 75 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back. And he received a Division I scholarship offer from the University of Nevada-Reno.
“I think nothing has changed for me,” Coleman said. “I still have to work just as hard and outwork everyone.”
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Coleman’s breakout was a big reason why went 10-0 and advanced to the playoffs. The Cougars’ lost their opener, and the defeat fuels the team still.
Eight starters on each side give Cascade Christian experience and depth. There’s a lot going for them heading into 2017:
▪ The Cougars will add some power to go along with Coleman’s quickness. Madden Tobeck, who missed most of his 2016 season with an ankle injury, is back.
“I know for sure we both work hard,” Tobeck said. “I know we’re both fast. I think with our line and experience up front, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch this year.”
▪ Tobeck and Coleman have the good fortune of running behind Corbin Nohr, another Nisqually first-team offensive selection in 2016. Nohr was also first-team defense last season, racking up 94 tackles and six sacks for the Cougars.
“We have pretty good chemistry and work well together,” he said on the defense as a whole. “We’ve been playing together for a long time. The chemistry is important, a lack of communication can result in bad things.”
▪ Head coach Randy Davis noted that Cascade Christian has never had a quarterback with sophomore Packer Johnson’s talent. Davis said as a freshman he showed arm strength and quickness.
The early playoff defeat was a disappointment for a team with state title aspirations. They know that they have to keep their eyes on the prize this year.
“It’s more focusing on each game as it comes,” Johnson said. “For our first game, we have Orting, so we’re focusing on them.”