Raiders light up the night in win

Halfback pass for a TD ig­nites strong Coatesville of­fense as Hen­der­son suf­fers first loss of sea­son

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Crossan For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia @crossan11 on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER >> Fri­day’s game be­tween Coatesville and West Ch­ester Hen­der­son was ex­pected to be a com­pet­i­tive slugest be­tween the 3-0 War­riors and 2-1 — but red-hot — Red Raiders.

In the end, it served as a state­ment that Coatesville is not to be taken lightly.

The Red Raiders showed off their high-pow­ered of­fense from be­gin­ning to end, hand­ing Hen­der­son its first loss of the sea­son by a score of 41-14.

Coatesville’s of­fen­sive play­mak­ers helped the team to a tune of 427 rush­ing yards and 213 pass­ing yards.

Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega was pleased with how the of­fense is com­ing along.

“It’s go­ing well,” Ortega said. “We are start­ing to un­der­stand our team and what our guys are do­ing well. Again we are do­ing the small things off the field. We are prac­tic­ing bet­ter than we ever have.”

The Young broth­ers, Aaron and Avery, were a big part of that of­fense.

Avery scored the first touch­down of the game off of a tricky halfback pass.

With five min­utes to go in the first quar­ter, Coatesville was look­ing to con­vert a third and nine on Hen­der-

son’s 41-yard line. Quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega took the snap out of the shot­gun and was look­ing down the mid­dle of the field. Much like Coatesville’s pass­ing at­tack, it looked to be an­other pass out to the flat.

But, Ortega turned and pitched the ball to Mekhi Alexan­der for what the Hen­der­son de­fense as­sumed was a draw play of some kind. But with all eyes on Alexan­der, Avery Young slipped past the sec­ondary to haul in a pass from Alexan­der for a touch­down.

“My best friend Mekhi threw it and it was lit­tle league all over again,” Avery Young said. “It was just a fun ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Avery caught three passes for 88 yards two touch­downs in the first half.

Last week, Aaron Young car­ried the Red Raiders with 154 yards and six touch­downs. Even though he didn’t have six touch­downs this week, Aaron pro­vided 13 car­ries for 139 yards and two scores. He was a big part of mov­ing the Coatesville of­fense on drives as seven of his rushes were for first downs.

“The line stepped up like last week,” Aaron said. “We just got to keep on im­prov­ing.”

Quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega seems to have found a com­fort zone in throw­ing the ball, de­spite not be­ing a sea­soned Var­sity player. The fresh­man threw ef­fi­ciently, go­ing 11-13 for 172 yards and three touch­downs. He also ran the ball eight times for 68 yards and a touch­down.

“It feels good to win,” the fresh­man Ortega said. “We keep work­ing hard all week and my con­fi­dence keeps build­ing up. I be­lieve in my team­mates more. The line is pick­ing it up more and the team is un­der­stand­ing our of­fense bet­ter.”

Be­fore this game, the War­riors had not al­lowed a touch­down in their last nine pe­ri­ods.

“Our kids fought and I can’t com­plain about the ef­fort they gave,” said Hen­der­son head coach Steve Mit­ten. “We made a lot of men­tal mis­takes and that team beat us on the line of scrim­mage de­fen­sively and of­fen­sively.”

Mit­ten said of­fen­sively the team couldn’t get any­thing go­ing against Coatesville’s de­fense.

Hen­der­son man­aged to score its two touch­downs in the fourth quar­ter.

CJ Pre­ston scored their first one on a two-yard run up the mid­dle. He fin­ished the game with 15 car­ries for 52 yards and one touch­down. Rou­tinely Pre­ston was met at the line by a swarm of Coatesville de­fend­ers. The War­riors’ other touch­down came off of a 70yard run by Kavond Jones. Jones sped through a hole pro­vided by the of­fen­sive line up the right side­line un­touched.

With Coatesville up 21-0 with 10.3 sec­onds left in the sec­ond quar­ter, Hen­der­son de­cided to go for it on fourth down on its own 37yard line. With 6.9 sec­onds left the War­riors turned the ball over on a run that was stuffed at the line.

Out of the shot­gun, Ortega then scram­bled around to the left, spin­ning out of a Hen­der­son player’s arms, for all of the 6.9 sec­onds on the clock. Down the field, he found Avery Young on a 38-yard touch­down to end the half, send­ing the Red Raiders into half­time 28-0.

“I feel like we are im­prov­ing ev­ery week on both sides of the ball,” coach Ortega said. “We are go­ing to take it one game at a time and keep work­ing hard. Next one is Down­ing­town (West) and it is go­ing to be our best week of prac­tice and we hope to con­tinue to get bet­ter each week.”

Coatesville will look to show off its of­fense to their home crowd Fri­day night against the Whip­pets.

Mean­while, Hen­der­son will face an­other tough test with a trip to 4-0 Bishop Shana­han on tap.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Coatesville’s Jaden Hud­son scores the Raiders’ sec­ond touch­down against West Ch­ester Hen­der­son Fri­day night.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Coatesville’s Avery Young hauls in a pass as time ex­pired in the first half to put the Raiders up 27-0 against Hen­der­son.

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