Muncy’s Good has stepped up at quarterback

When Coleman Good approached the sideline as a freshman, he was seeking guidance.

When Good approaches the sideline now, he is offering suggestions. That started happening last season as a sophomore and illustrates well how much progress the Muncy quarterback already has made. A season after being forced into the starting lineup in his third high school game, Good made huge strides last year and helped the Indians capture their first District 4 championship since 1989.

He might only be getting started, too.

“His freshman year I call the play, he knows it and goes out and runs it,” Muncy coach Sean Tetreault said. “Now it’s great to see him saying ‘coach I think we should run this. I think the defense is giving us this defense and we should check to these plays.'”

Good and Tetreault are tied to the hip in some ways. Good began his high school football career the same season Tetreault became a high school head coach. Injuries to some wide receivers forced Tetreault to move quarterback Jeff Fry in an effort to fill the void. Just like that, he gave a freshman the key to the Muncy offense.

It was a learning experience, but Good made a nice impact, throwing for 492 yards while running for 330 and totaling 12 touchdowns. Muncy reached the district semifinals for the first time since 2010 and last season, Good helped it finally clear a 27-year hurdle. Good threw for 1,153 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also continued to be a dual threat, running for a team-high 595 yards and four touchdowns.

“Playing there the last couple years really helps you grow and getting all that experience was great for me,” Good said. “Playing as a freshman and getting a lot of experience makes it easier to see how you’ve grown.”

Good grew a lot last year. Also a standout safety who made 103 tackles, Good become a team leader. Only a sophomore then, Good became the player who powered the Muncy offense. After struggling to beat teams consistently with his arm as a freshman, Good became a versatile threat who ran for 1,153 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Indians were a young team but peaked at the perfect time. And when the games meant the most, Good was at his best.

Muncy entered districts as the No. 3 seed, but Good shined in consecutive road wins at No. 2 Wyalusing and top-seeded Sayre. He topped 100 rushing yards in each game and threw for 144 yards against Sayre, a team featuring one of the district’s top-ranked defenses. Just as important, Good became a coach on the field ready for everything a defense could throw at him.

“Our quarterback knows basically everything I’m going to call even before I call it sometimes,” Tetreault said. “He comes to the sideline like, ‘we’re going to run this, right?’ I’m like, ‘Ok, that makes it easy. Go right ahead and have some fun.'”

“Even watching the film from the previous year you can tell that you messed up here and there but you learn from different mistakes you made and you feel a lot more confident holding the ball and running the offense,” Good said. “I’m excited to keep playing football.”

That is a plus for both Good and Muncy. The junior two-way starter rarely leaves the field and is in a quarterback-friendly offense. It is the ideal situation for a player who loves the game and who is the latest in a line of excellent football players from his family, joining brothers Clayton and Cameron, both who played college football.

“That’s what every kid dreams about is having the ball in his hands,” Good said. “It’s a lot of fun being a big part of the team and also helping out the team any way you can. I have a blast with it.”

Numbers tell part of the story when it comes to Good’s progress. It says even more, though, that Muncy is changing its offense this season. The Indians want to go more up-tempo. They want to run more plays and give Good even more opportunities to inflict damage. A team does not do that unless it has the utmost confidence in its quarterback.

Muncy has a good core back from last year’s district champion and expectations are high. A lot of that positive energy surrounds Good. If he makes the same kind of strides that he made a year ago, Good could become one of the area’s premier quarterbacks.

“It’s great to see the progression from a freshman to a sophomore and now as a junior he’s really set up to have a great year,” Tetreault said. “We’re ready to open the offense up a little bit and give him a little more free reign out there. We’re excited.”