Zachary High football coach David Brewerton smiles when he tells the story.
“I’m out in a blind hunting and I get three calls in a row from our athletic director, Jesse (Cassard),” Brewerton said. “I answer the third one and Jesse tells me we can’t have college guys come work out.
“He said there was somebody out there pulling a sled in sleet and 30-degree weather on Christmas Eve and he’d take care of it.”
Moments later, Brewerton got another call from Cassard. Never mind, he said, it was wide receiver Doug Coleman, who was already working toward his senior season.
There are many words that accurately describe the 6-foot-2, 178-pound Coleman. Tireless worker, son of a White Castle football legend and rising 2016 prospect are among them.
“I spend a couple of hours working out after practice,” Coleman said. “I want to b faster and better at everything.”
The work ethic and drive have made Coleman a soften-spoken leader for second-seeded Zachary (9-1), which hosts No. 31 Sulphur (5-5) to open the Class 5A football playoffs Friday night.
Lindsey Scott Jr. gets much of the attention. Scott, a Syracuse commitment, was the All-Metro and Class 5A all-state quarterback as a junior. Coleman, the son of semipro football Hall of Fame quarterback Doug Coleman, complements Scott as a receiver and kick returner.
The younger Coleman had a breakout season as a junior. This season is more of the same. He has 43 catches for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns, which ranks fourth in the state. Coleman is working to improve his 4.4 seconds 40-yard dash and ability to make catches in traffic.
“(Coleman) probably surprised some people last year,” Brewerton said. “He wasn’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. But he’s got a 1,000 yards receiving again.”
Even when teams think Coleman stopped, he isn’t. Just ask Walker High. Coleman fielded a sky kickoff to open the second half of a Week 10 game and appeared to be hemmed in along the WHS sideline.
A quick step later and Coleman was racing down the sideline, going 77 yards for a TD that helped set the tone for a 29-18 victory.
“I just made an athletic move to try and make something happen,” Coleman noted.
A sixth-sense on special teams is only part of Coleman’s game that Brewerton loves. His obvious chemistry with Scott, who has passed for 1,957 yards and 10 TDs, is another.
“Right away had that connection,” Coleman explained. “He (Scott) knows where I’ll be.”
Like Coleman, Scott has a penchant for putting in extra time. Their chemistry was born from hours of pitch-and-catch. Coleman caught a TD pass in the Walker game but also had a couple of drops, leaving Brewerton say
“I was stunned. I don’t think I’d seen it before. His hands are one of the things they (colleges) like.”
Southern Mississippi, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, New Mexico State, Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech are the offers. McNeese, Nicholls State, Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls State are others.
College aspirations can wait. The Broncos advanced to the 5A semifinals a year ago and could do something no other Baton Rouge team has ever done — advance to the 5A title game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic next month. Coleman is thinking that far ahead.
“We just need to win this week,” Coleman said.