In what has been a disappointing season for the Coolidge football team, linebacker Sean Chisley has been anything but a disappointment.

"He has been a bright light for us all season long," said Coolidge Coach Sam Taylor. "He's been stopping the run and playing the pass very well all year, and even though we haven't been too succesful, if it wasn't for him, things could be a lot worse."

According to the Interhigh coaches whose teams have played against Chisley this season, he is one of the most dominant defensive players in the league.

"He's certainly a very good player," said H.D. Woodson Coach Bob Headen. "He's quick and strong and I would imagine that most of the other teams that try and run the ball against {Coolidge} would probably try and run the ball the other direction. But he's just as good a running back as he is a linebacker"

Chisley is 6 feet, 185 pounds and has 4.5 speed over 40 yards. He has the size and the speed necessary to play middle linebacker, but is also versatile enough to start at running back.

Chisley has been playing for the Colts since his sophomore season, and has been starting on defense since his junior year. Although the team is 1-4 this season, no one is pointing the finger at him.

Chisley has enjoyed some of the individual attention he has received this year, but says he would trade in some of the honors, and accolades he's received from peers and coaches, for a few more victories.

"It's nice when a game is over and the opposing coaches come up and congratulate me and tell me that I'm a good player and that I played a good game," said Chisley. "But it seems as though they're consoling me because our team didn't win. I'd rather them look at me and say congratulations because we won and then tell me that I played a good game."

The Colts haven't had too many people to congratulate this fall. Taylor, who has been coaching in the league for more than 17 seasons, has had to rely on his defense for most of the year because the offense hasn't been scoring.

The team's lone win, 14-12 over Cardozo two weeks ago was an example of how the season has gone for the Colts.

Chisley and his defensive mates were chiefly responsible for setting up both Coolidge touchdowns the victory over Cardozo. The defense controlled Cardozo's offense and gave the Colts excellent field position to start drives.

What made the victory special for Chisely was that he scored both touchdowns.

Although the Colts are better off with Chisley playing both offense and defense, it has been physically exhausting for the senior at times.

"Sometimes, when the game is over, I am extremely tired, but I wouldn't have it any other way," said Chisley. "I love playing both positions and I try to do my best regardless of what position I may be at."

Chisley showed his versatility against Cardozo. He recorded 10 tackles, batted down a pass, rushed for 69 yards and caught the game's winning score with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. After he scored that touchdown, he had to immediately get back on defense to try and protect a two-point lead.

"We haven't really been scoring a whole lot this season so after I scored, I knew we were going to have to play tough defense if we were to win the game," he said. "And fortunately, we did."

The two touchdowns by Chisley were his third and fourth of the season. He scored again in Saturday's 27-14 loss to Theodore Roosevelt.

Chisley said he would like to run with the ball more often, but the Colts' offense has been so lackluster most of the season, he hasn't been afforded that opportunity. Often trailing substantially, and early, the Colts usually find themselves needing to throw the ball in an attempt to come back.

Ironically, having an unimpressive offense gives Chisley the opportunity to play more defense. And that means playing linebacker, a position that he likes. "I enjoy playing defense better than playing offense sometimes," said Chisley. You can sit back and watch what the other team is doing and then you can react to it. I really love it."

Chisley hasn't received any scholarship offers to play at the Division I level as of yet, but has received offers from smaller schools. Teammates and coaches alike feel that Chisley can play at a major college.

"I think that Sean certainly can play for a top-notch school somewhere," said Taylor. "He's strong and tough and I like the way that he practices and listens. He's a good kid who is disciplined."

And Chisley isn't short on confidence.

"I think that I could play for a major college football team," he said. "But sometimes, when your team isn't playing that well and you're in a league which isn't really known for having great football, people tend to overlook you. All I can do is play my best and hope that things turn out for the best. And hopefully, things will turn out a little better for us before the season ends."