BY SCOTT R. FISHER
Record-setting seasons do not come about by accident. There are always many things that go into them.
The main ingredients for Chuckey-Doak senior Tyler Coe were hard work and dedication. Coe's God-given athletic ability also played a major role in his outstanding season on the gridiron in 2013,
The Black Knights' running back rushed for 2,151 yards on more than 250 carries. Coe scored 20 touchdowns in helping his squad to a 7-3 record and a berth in the playoffs.
As a result of his performance, Coe has been selected as the Co-Offensive Player of the Year for Greene County.
"It is awesome," he said about receiving the honor. "I would like to thank my teammates for being a part of this accomplishment."
Coe broke Bryce Malone's school record for rushing yards that was set last year. Before Malone, Julius Montgomery was the feature back for the Black Knights. Both Malone and Montgomery were selected All-State in their senior year. Coe has a chance to follow that tradition.
Coe believes Malone and Montgomery's influence helped him become the running back he was in the 2013 campaign.
"It has been an honor to play with two All-State running backs," Coe said. "I think they helped me a lot. They are two good leaders. I looked up to them."
Chuckey-Doak coach Ben Murphy always saw the potential in Coe to do great things. But, even the coach admitted that he did not expect the season Coe turned in this year.
"That Tyler had the season he did is a tribute to him..." Murphy said, "a testament to the hard work he put in. He put in his mind coming back after an injury that he was going to have a good senior year and do good things. And that is what he did."
Coe considers himself a mixture of the two afore mentioned backs that came before him . Murphy agreed with that assessment.
He could run over a defender like Montgomery and also out-raced a pursuer as Malone did many times.
"I think I am a smarter running back (than I was in previous years)," Coe said. "I am looking for the holes. I trust my line. I am really patient cause I know it is going to open up because of my line."
Coe's individual rushing totals are impressive. Only once in 11 games was he held below 100 yards. Four times he eclipsed 200 yards. His season high
of 275 yards came in the regular season finale against West Greene - a game that clinched the Black Knights' first out-right county championship in almost two decades.
During Malone's record-setting year of 2012, Coe was merely a spectator. He broke his collarbone in the preseason jamboree and was forced to spend his junior campaign on the sideline.
Because of the season-ending injury, Coe rededicated himself and developed a mantra for the entire 2013 season, which he continually shared with his teammates.
"In some ways, I think it helped me that I broke my collarbone," he said, "I had stuck in my head all year, 'You're never gonna be guaranteed another play after this one', I told my team all year about that".
Coe has become stronger by meeting challenges head on his entire life. Those challenges helped prepare him to carry the Black Knights on his shoulders this year.
Doing what was best for the team is all that mattered to Coe while playing football. For all of the accolades he receives, he would gladly trade them for his team being more successful.
Coe pointed to this year's regular season loss at Grainger as being one of the toughest defeats he had been a part of in his football career. He felt like he let his team down because he suffered an injury late in the game and the outcome had yet to be decided.
Coe was forced to come out the game due to concussion-like symptoms. The Black Knights failed to score in the final seconds couldn't rally for the win.
"I could have swore that if I could have gone back in, we would have won that game." Coe said. "That is one game that will never get out of my head."
That is the mentality of an athlete who believes in the team concept. Tyler Coe had bought into that frame of mind and was always willing to do whatever it took to help the team.
It was after the Grainger game that he began wrapping his ankle. Coe believed he could overcome any minor injury. He believed he owed it to his teammates.
According to Coe, his teammates were more than just teammates or friends. They are his family, and he was willing to do what was best for his family.
"I grew up without a dad," he said. "And I think football has been that place for me where I can think about...forget about everything and have fun. And take my anger out on whatever I need to. Football has always been there for me. Of course my coaches, Coach Murphy and Coach (Aaron) Christian have definitely been my role models that have been there in the place of how I hadn't had a dad."
Some of those teammates which Coe refers to as family members are just as responsible for all the yards and touchdowns this season, in his eyes.
Coe said he couldn't have acheived any individual acolades without his offensive line and fellow running backs.
The starting line for the Black Knights consisted of junior Alex Frye at left tackle, senior Jacob Quillen at left guard, junior Daniel Ridlin at center, junior right guard Jacob Thompson, senior right tackle Landon McCamis and senior tight end Josh Lamb.
In addition to players up front, Coe credited two other teammates - wingbacks junior
Dillion Brown and Nick Sandstrom.
"I definitely could not have done what I did without my two wings - Dillion Brown and Nick Sandstrom," Coe commented. "Because they opened up the holes for me a lot of times."
Coe and his teammates were part of a special season for the Black Knights. It was the first time in school history that the team went undefeated at home. Chuckey-Doak won the Greene County Championship for the first time in 20 years.
This year's group of seniors finished as the winningest class in school history. It was the first time in school history that the football team had four winning seasons in a row.
Despite all the successes though, Coe wishes his high school career did not end as it did.
"When I look back on see that I got the record, it's awesome that I did that," Coe said. But, if I had the chance to not get the record and win that game, I would do it. I'd love to be playing right now. I guess I did alright during the season."
Coe hopes that he has not played his final football game. He has been in contact with several schools about continuing his career at the college level. With Coach Murphy's help, Coe could be playing on Saturdays next fall,
"He has more than the ability to play in college," Murphy said. "I think he could play football wherever he choses at the right level. If he wants to play, he will play on Saturdays."
The two schools Coe are considering are Tusculum and University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. That happens to be Murphy's alma mater.
"I would love to play college football," Tyler said. "That is my dream and that is what I want to do, It is going to be pretty tough doing football and school. I am willing to get help and do it."
That is the attitude that has served Tyler Coe well in his life. Once he sets his mind to something, he makes sure he does what is necessary to accomplish that goal.