The legend of Arleta running back Dejon Coleman is growing by the week. If his body was growing at the same rate, he might garner some national attention.
Arleta coach Dan Kelley says Coleman is a little undersized for a prototypical running back. He is listed a 5-feet-10 and 175 pounds. But he’s been scoring touchdowns at a gargantuan rate.
He has 33 touchdowns in seven games. He has scored 25 rushing touchdowns. He has two interception returns for touchdowns. He has caught four touchdown passes and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Coleman will be at the center of the Arleta offensive attack when the Mustangs (6-1) take on undefeated Jefferson (7-0) on Friday afternoon at Arleta High School.
Kelley said Coleman plays all over the field. He started his high school career as a wide receiver and defensive back as a sophomore. He moved to slot receiver and wildcat quarterback as a junior.
He started his senior season as the team’s running back more out of necessity than anything else. Kelley likes to run the ball and Coleman is the fastest player on the team.
“He keeps on getting better and better every day,” Kelley said. “Every day is football for him.”
Coleman is coming off a four-touchdown game against North Hollywood. He scored three rushing touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in his team’s 49-6 win. He has scored 198 of the team’s 452 points, accounting for 44 percent of Arleta’s offensive production.
Jefferson runs a double-wing offense and have two running backs who are averaging nearly 100 rushing yards per game.
Junior Marcus Stamps leads the team with 695 yards and has scored six touchdowns in seven games. Senior George Reed has rushed for 538 yards and scored seven touchdowns in five games. He scored four touchdowns and rushed for 155 yards against Contreras two weeks ago.
But Kelley said the most dangerous player on Jefferson’s team is the quarterback, senior James Williams. He has rushed for 240 yards, averaging nearly 11 yards per carry, and scored four touchdowns.
“They have the best speed in the city,” Kelley said.
Jefferson doesn’t throw the ball much, but Williams was 7-for-7 for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-7 win over Bernstein.