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.”
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.
Carson City-Crystal lineman Brad Osterman and Fowler punter Austin Feldpausch were the lone mid-Michigan players on the Division 7-8 first team. Carson City-Crystal’s Devin Pringle is the Coach of the Year.
Pewamo-Westphalia’s Kyle Nurenberg and Lane Simon, Bath’s Dylan Moffitt and Fowler’s Austin Cook were honorable mention All-State selections.
The first team All-State selections included Harbor Beach’s Eli Kraft and Ishpeming’s Alex Briones at quarterback.
Josh Golkiewicz (Petersburg Summerfield), Lee Graff (Crystal Falls Forest Park), Nathan Fettes (Lincoln Alcona) and Ty Rollin (Beal City) were selected as running backs. Bridgman’s Cooper Mojsiejenko and Jacob Hopkins of Evart were the receivers.
Linemen Michael Caughey of Muskegon Catholic Central, Brad Gustafson of Felch North Dickinson, Traverse City St. Francis’ Jake Khoury, Detroit Loyola’s Kajohn Armstrong, Mendon’s Logan Slaughter and Carson City-Crystal’s Brad Osterman made the team.
The linebackers are Lincoln Alcona’s Garrett Norling, Saginaw Nouvel’s Tyler Jacqmain, Detroit Loyola’s Paul Engram, Lenawee Christian’s Brad Harrah and Eric Prestay of Powers North Central.
Alex Lewandoski (Muskegon Catholic Central), Krupp and Gage Kreski of St. Ignace made it as cornerbacks, and Climax-Scotts’ Sam Eshuis is on the team as a specialist. Lawton’s Brendan Wimes was named as a kicker.
Carson City-Crystal’s Devin Pringle won the Coach of the Year award.