Coatesville makes big state­ment, blows out Down­ing­town East

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Peter DiGio­vanni pd­gio­vanni07@gmail.com @PeteDLN on Twit­ter

DOWN­ING­TOWN >> In a blink of an eye the Coatesville Red Raider of­fense can score on an op­pos­ing de­fense and put them out of a game in a hurry.

Fri­day night at sold out Kottmeyer Sta­dium, Coatesville scored three touch­downs in its first five of­fen­sive plays, stun­ning the her­alded Down­ing­town East de­fense as the Raiders rolled to con­vinc­ing 40-7 win over the Cougars in a key Ches-Mont Na­tional Di­vi­sion matchup that vaulted the Red Raiders to the top of the di­vi­sion.

Coatesville (4-0 Ches-Mont, 6-1 over­all) got huge games from run­ning back Aaron Young (125 yards rush­ing on just 10 car­ries), Avery Young (six catches for 121 yards and

two touch­downs) and quar­ter­back Rockey Or­tega, who shred­ded the Cougar de­fense on 8-for-12 pass­ing for 228 yards and three touch­downs.

“We got them down early and they do not like to play from be­hind,” said Ricky Or­tega. “I trust in my team­mates and coaches and the game­plan and we work hard in prac­tice and I got some ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion from read­ing the news­pa­pers to­day and see­ing that Down­ing­town was go­ing to win.”

Coatesville struck early as Mekhi Alexan­der took a beau­ti­ful 64-yard strike from Or­tega to the end zone af­ter just two min­utes of play for a 7-0 lead.

Af­ter forc­ing a Cougar (2-1,5-2) punt af­ter a three and out, Coatesville again went to the air, this time a half­back pass from Alexan­der to Avery Young for a 28yard touch­down and a 14-0 lead. Again, Down­ing­town East went three and out af­ter the kick­off and the Red Raiders ef­fec­tively put the Cougars out of the game when Aaron Young caught a 68 yard touch­down pass be­hind Jeremy Jen­nings for a 21-0 lead.

You could hear a pin drop on the Down­ing­town East side of Kottmeyer Sta­dium.

The Coatesville de­fense was equally as im­pres­sive, com­pletely shut­ting down the Cougars. Down­ing­town East could not get any run­ning game go­ing, rush­ing for just 66 yards on the night and get­ting big games from Ed Clark and Alex Rai­mondo, among oth­ers. The Cougars man­aged just 198 yards of to­tal of­fense, much of it com­ing af­ter the out­come was no longer in doubt.

“Our de­fense has re­ally come to­gether,” Coatesville head coach Matt Or­tega said. “We re­ally dom­i­nated both sides of the ball tonight and showed the league and Dis­trict 1 that we can play phys­i­cally. We know what East runs af­ter these years play­ing them and the kids ex­e­cuted and now it is time to get ready for the next game.”

The Red Raiders forced Down­ing­town East into six first half punts, while hold­ing the Cougars to just three first downs in the half. Avery Young fin­ished the first half in style when he made a great catch of an Or­tega mis­sile in the end zone for a 27-0 half­time edge, and the shocked Down­ing­town East crowd started head­ing for the ex­its.

It was more of the same in the third pe­riod as Aaron Young romped 28 yards down the right side­line but was hit out of bounds very late by the Cougars’ Bras­sir Stocker. Young left the game at that point, while the Cougars re­ceived a 15yard penalty for the late hit. De­spite the early exit, Young seemed fine af­ter the game.

En­ter Jadan Hud­son,

who took a 34 yard touch­down pass from Or­tega to make it a 33-0 game. Hud­son caught two balls for 71 yards and rushed for 74 more. Coatesville racked up an im­pres­sive 486 yards of to­tal of­fense for the game.

“We played well on of­fense, well on de­fense and spe­cial teams, the whole team played well,” Hud­son said. “And now we get back to prac­tice and try to get bet­ter. We have a lot of con­fi­dence in each other.”

The Cougars avoided the shutout when Bryce Lauletta hit Zack Bur­den­ski with a 28 yard touch­down pass for a 33-7 score. Or­tega fin­ished the scor­ing, end­ing a nine-play drive with a a one yard sneak for the 40-7 mar­gin.

The fi­nal score could have been even worse, but Matt Or­tega or­dered his team to take a knee twice in the fi­nal min­utes to avoid the mercy rule. Quar­ter­back Ricky Or­tega played well be­yond his fresh­man years, and his fa­ther Matt talked about his son and sig­nal caller.

“He has been chomp­ing at the bit for years to be a part of this team,” Matt Or­tega said. “And af­ter the Cum­ber­land Val­ley loss we talked and fig­ured some things out and he plays with a lot of con­fi­dence.”

The crush­ing loss for a Down­ing­town East de­fense that had al­lowed just over six points per game in its five wins was ev­i­dent on the face of Cougar head coach Mike Matta. The East boss of­fered no ex­cuse for the ugly loss.

“No ex­cuses at all,” Matta said. “They whipped us. They out­played us and re­ally out-coached us.”

“No ex­cuses at all. They whipped us. They out­played us and re­ally out­coached us.” — Down­ing­town East coach Mike Matta

ANNE NEBORAK — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A packed sec­tion of Coatesville fans cel­e­brates af­ter a touch­down at Kottmeyer Sta­dium Fri­day night.

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