Sep 5, 2012 6:49 PM by Bill Halter
Every Wednesday KSBY will profile a local athlete in a series called, "Legends in the Making." Lompoc running back Lavon Coleman is the subject of this week's feature. The reigning Los Padres League Player of the Year has four touchdowns and 404 yards rushing in the Braves two wins this season.
"He's special, he'll hit the hole and make a couple guys miss and then he's gone. And then when it's third and short or fourth down. Something goes through his head where he knows he's got to get it and he'll drag some guys down with him" said Lompoc head coach Andrew Jones.
As a sophomore, Coleman was the Braves third running back, behind Marcel Blow and Jordan Collins. He still rushed for 652 yards and eight touchdowns. As the featured back his junior season, Coleman rushed for 2,038 yards and 26 touchdowns. For his high school career he's gained 3,094 yards on the ground and scored 38 touchdowns. Coleman is averaging an incredible 7.6 yards per carry in his career.
After last season Coleman received a number of scholarship offers from division one schools, in June he committed to the University of Washington.
"I just talked to those guys (coaches) up there and they've had some injury issues with three of their tailbacks tearing ACL's and their like, can you send him over now? We need him now" said Jones.
Jones calls Coleman a "hard worker" and looking at how much bigger and stronger he's gotten over the past three years it's hard to argue that. Coleman says he loves football and that the sport has done a lot for him. "Without it I don't know what I'd be doing right now. Without football I'd have too much time on my hands. I just love it, it's the last gladiator sport alive" said Coleman.
Coleman and the Braves will try and extend their 22 game winning streak on Friday night at Pioneer Valley (1-1.)
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