Aaron Young runs wild over Whip­pets

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Peter DiGio­vanni pdi­gio­vanni07@gmail.com @PeteDLN on twit­ter

CALN >> The Coatesville High School foot­ball team fired a very loud warn­ing shot to the rest of the Ches-Mont League, and District 1, for that mat­ter. Fri­day night at Red Raider Sta­dium, Coatesville won its third straight game, get­ting a sen­sa­tional 324 yards run­sh­ing, and five touch­downs from su­per sopho­more Aaron Young, while the de­fense held Downingtown West to 144 to­tat yards of of­fense, en rout to a con­vinc­ing 48-9 Na­tional Di­vi­sion tri­umph.

Coatesville (2-0, Ches-Mont, 4-1 over­all) spot­ted the Whip­pets (0-1, 1-4) seven points early in the game. Af­ter a fum­ble re­cov­ery, sub­sti­tute quar­ter­back Ryan Wet­zel hit Cole Zapf for a 30-yard touch­down. Wet­zel was sub­bing for the in­jured Ryan Geiser, who left last week’s Ken­nett game with an in­jury.

Young and Coatesville took con­trol, scor­ing the next 28 points to take a com­mand­ing 28-7 lead at half­time. Young went straight up the mid­dle for his first two scores with gap­ing holes in the Downingtown West in­te­rior de­fense.

“The mid­dle was open all night ev­ery time,” Young said. “It seemed we could pretty much run where we wanted. I like car­ry­ing the ball a lot, even though it was a hot night. We are big on con­di­tion­ing, and my of­fen­sive line did a great job for me tonight. It all starts with them. Hope­fully we can keep im­prov­ing. We are very fo­cused right now and play­ing good foot­ball.”

Young’s first two TD runs were of eight and 72 yards. Fol­low­ing a West turnover, Young struck on the very first play, roar­ing up the mid­dle un­touched 36 yards to make it a 21-7 game with 3:08 left in the first half. The Downingtown West of­fense helped the Red Raiders by los­ing two fum­bles and throw­ing two in­ter­cep­tions.

Af­ter kick­ing off, the stingy Coatesville de­fense forced a punt. Coatesville took the punt back to the Downingtown West 49yard line. Two plays later, Young burst up the gut again for a 44-yard scor­ing run and a 28-7 bulge.

“We took what they gave us, and tonight, they chal­lenged us to run the foot­ball,” Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega said. “We have been throw­ing the ball lately, but tonight, it was good to see us run the foot­ball. We know we can do both. Our de­fense was real good tonight. We were one play away, the last three games, from re­ally shut­ting teams down.”

The sec­ond half started the same way. Mitchell Mi­cale came in at QB for West, and was greeted by a Alexan­der in­ter­cep­tion. Young took the hand­off, and pulled de­fend­ers with

him into the end zone for a 15 yard run , nd the game was of­fi­cially out of hand at 35-7.

“We just have to fo­cus one game at a time.” Alexan­der said. “We lost in Week 2, but we are rolling now and we are work­ing hard in prac­tice. Tonight, we ran the foot­ball with Aaron hav­ing a great game. Now, teams know they have to pro­tect the pass, and the run against us.”

Ortega took Young out of the game af­ter his fifth touch­down, and cleared his bench. But, the de­fense kept up its re­lent­less in­ten­sity,

as they forced a fum­ble that was re­cov­ered in the end zone by Bran­don Tal­bot.

Later in the fourth, quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega rolled around the left side from one-yard out for the ex­cla­ma­tion point.

Ex­cept for a 47-yard run by Cole Zapf in the first pe­riod, the long­est run from scrim­mage for the Whip­pets was six yards.

“We did not panic af­ter the Cum­ber­land Val­ley game,” Matt Ortega said. “We trusted the process, fo­cus week-toweek and keep try­ing to im­prove.”

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