By Jon Gaede
San Bernardino - Crosstown supporters packed Arroyo Valley Stadium to watch two successful football programs compete and to witness two...
... special athletes who represent the very best in CIF talent.
The San Bernardino Cardinal football program has enjoyed rejuvenated success by virtue of a new head coach and a new system. Led by the SALs top rusher Richard Murrell, the Cardinals have a ground game thats among the best in CIF. They would need one of Murrells best performances on this night and a solid defensive effort to slow down Arroyos Michael Coleman, the best athlete in the SAL.
Like a much anticipated heavyweight boxing match, Coleman and Murrell provided all the individual electricity needed to spark a highly entertaining, if not a competitive, football game.
San Bernardinos Richard Murrell struck the first blow by taking the initial hand-off from scrimmage and simply going 99 yards for a touchdown. Unfazed by the roar from the Cardinal faithful, Arroyos Michael Coleman then calmly proceeded to demonstrate why USC signed him to play football for the Trojans next year. Coleman threw two passes for 28 and 32 yards to his favorite receiver Justin Marvel. Just like that, the game was tied and the Hawks never looked back. Coleman connected with Marvel six times for 168 yards.
San Bernardinos two prong running attack of Joseph Jones and Richard Murrell is quite impressive, however, when a phenomenal athlete like Michael Coleman is on, and he was on this night, the Cardinals were forced to go to a passing game which they did not have. The Hawks scored their second touchdown just two minutes after the first and the route was on.
Joseph Jones rushed for 46 yards on 9 carries. Top CIF rusher Richard Murrell did not disappoint with 185 yards on just 14 carries for San Bernardino.
Michael Coleman was simply phenomenal. He accounted for 420 of the Hawks total yards. Coleman was 17 of 23 for 343 yards through the air and also rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries. Coleman also doubles at free safety for the Hawks on defense and at 6-2 220 is a formidable threat to opposing offenses.
Coleman and Murrell met after the game and extended mutual admiration for each other. Coleman will probably be converted into a linebaker for the Trojans next year, though he can play many positions well. At 59 and 235 lbs., Richard Murrell is extremely quick and powerful. Uncommitted thus far, Murrell would be a fine addition to any NCAA D-1 program.
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