MARBURY – Marbury’s Coleman Amason watched most of the Bulldogs’ season from the sideline, but returned just in time.
The junior striker hadn’t played soccer since he was 12, but decided to give it a go this season. But just two games into the season, he injured both of his knees.
“Some of the guys would ask me, ‘Do you think you’re going to be able to come back?'” Amason said. “And I kept telling them, ‘We’re going to make the playoffs, and I’m going to be back for the playoffs.”
Amason’s bold promise came true, and he returned the last game of the season to help the Bulldogs reach the playoffs for the first time in school history.
He scored a goal in Marbury’s 2-0 second-round Class 4A-5A win over Holtville on Tuesday, giving him five goals in the three games since he’s been back.
“It’s amazing. I didn’t play the majority of the season. I just came back three games ago, and to score my first high school soccer goals in bulk like that, that’s pretty awesome,” Amason said. “It’s crazy, it’s historic really. Nobody thought we’d even make the playoffs, and we’re in the third round. It’s awesome.”
Midfielder Maurilio Brito scored the Bulldogs’ other goal, and was happy to get Amason back on the field.
“He was ready to play again,” Brito said. “He was ready to get back on the field and play.”
The Bulldogs will continue their run through the playoffs against Helena next week.
“They just want it. Early in the program, they struggled a lot. They worked hard and finally got to this point,” Marbury coach Brian Wesley said. “They just want to finish it out the right way.”