Raiders keep on rolling

Coatesville’s hot of­fense lights up the score­board again in win over Vik­ings

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

CALN >> The Coatesville Red Raiders came into Fri­day night red hot, es­pe­cially on of­fense.

De­spite the first cold, rainy night of the sea­son, that didn’t change.

Coatesville’s ex­plo­sive of­fense did its usual thing again Fri­day night, rolling to a 34-14 Ch­esMont League Na­tional Di­vi­sion win over West Ch­ester East.

The big­gest thing is we were able to put [34 points] on the score­board and we were sloppy,” said Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega. “I felt like this was one of our slop­pier games in the last two weeks.”

Coatesville de­fended its home field Fri­day night, al­low­ing West Ch­ester East to score points only on its first drive of the game, and one of the last, af­ter the re­sult was as­sured.

The Vik­ings opened the game on the front foot, march­ing 54 yards down the field to score when quar­ter­back Jonathan Thomp­son floated a 21-yard pass

to Alex Hirsch to cap the game’s first drive.

“We came out a lit­tle flat,” Ortega said. “We bounced back and came through some ad­ver­sity and we can out with the win. But, once we got the score to 7-7 the kids felt com­fort­able and we were ready to go.”

It took a trick play to get Coatesville’s of­fense some mo­men­tum in the sec­ond quar­ter. Coatesville quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega got the ball out of the shot­gun at his own 42-yard line, then pitched the ball to Aaron Young on what looked to be an ev­ery­day pitch sweep. Only this time Ortega took off down the field and Young hit him with a 40-yard pass. The play set them up near the goal line, and a cou­ple of plays away from Aaron Young run­ning in a 7-yard touch­down.

“We had that play in for two weeks and have been wait­ing for the right time to call it,” said Ricky Ortega. “It was third and long and we needed a big play. It got ev­ery­one hyped and helped our team out.”

Aaron Young once again lead the Red Raiders of­fense, a week af­ter rush­ing the ball 26 times for 324 yards and five touch­downs against Down­ing­town West.

Young scored four rush­ing touch­downs against the Vik­ings, car­ry­ing 13 times for 145 yards. He had rush­ing touch­downs from 7, 2, 5 and 51 yards out. Young didn’t re­turn to the game af­ter his rush­ing touch­down in the third quar­ter, and was seen af­ter the game in a golf cart.

No in­jury up­date was given af­ter the game.

West Ch­ester East strug­gled to move the ball af­ter that first suc­cess­ful drive of the night.

“We were play­ing with them in the first and I thought we looked good,” said West Ch­ester East head coach Dave Gueriera. “What hap­pened was the lit­tle things like bad snaps and missed as­sign­ments caught up to us.”

Run­ning back Jared Cooper con­stantly met Coatesville’s de­fen­sive line as soon as the ball was snapped. He rushed for just 30 yards on 15 at­tempts.

“Our run­ning back Coop is banged up from last week,” Gueriera said. “He should be fine for next week but he didn’t prac­tice all this week.

“We kind of got forced into the pass game in the sec­ond half.”

Due to be­ing down early in the game, the Vik­ings were forced to throw the ball in hopes of catch­ing Coatesville be­fore time ex­pired. Thomp­son threw 16 com­ple­tions on 33 at­tempts for 203 yards.

Coatesville will travel to ri­val Down­ing­town East next Fri­day for a clash that could de­cide the Na­tional Di­vi­sion, and may have big Dis­trict 1 im­pli­ca­tions. The Red Raiders hope their of­fense can stay hot against the Cougars’ stingy de­fense.

“It’s go­ing to be a great game,” coach Ortega said. “We just have to have a great week of prac­tice and be ready for Fri­day night.”

West Ch­ester East hosts Down­ing­town West Fri­day.

“I thought we were dis­ci­plined tonight but we lacked ex­e­cu­tion and fo­cus,” Gueriera said. “That’s why we lost the game. I just hope that we can ef­fec­tively run the ball next week.”

PA­TRICK CROSSAN — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Coatesville’s Matt Ortega talks to his team af­ter Fri­day night’s big win over West Ch­ester East.

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