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play­off po­si­tion,” Ortega said.

“Ev­ery Ches-Mont game is im­por­tant, so we treat ev­ery­body the same and try to get the win re­gard­less,” added ju­nior wide­out Avery Young.

The Raiders raced out to a 38-0 half­time lead, and then Ortega rested his starters. And, per­haps, the squad’s most po­tent weapon -- sopho­more run­ning back Aaron Young – did not have a sin­gle rush­ing at­tempt, and Coatesville still wound up with 200-plus more yards of of­fense than the Red Raiders (0-4, 3-5).

“Aaron is still a lit­tle banged up,” Ortega ex­plained. “He could have played if we had pushed it, but there was no need to do that.”

The of­fen­sive star was quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega, the coach’s son. Play­ing in just the first half, the fresh­man com­pleted 12 of 13 pass at­tempts for 221 yards and two touch­downs. He added 33 more yards on the ground and an­other TD.

“I am much more com­fort­able than I was at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. I’m not as scared and ner­vous,” Ricky Ortega said.

“We play at such a high tempo at prac­tice, he gets a bunch of throws in ev­ery day and it seems to be com­ing to­gether for him,” Matt Ortega added. “He is start­ing to grasp the of­fense more and more and it is show­ing.”

It was, un­doubt­edly, a tough as­sign­ment on Se­nior Night for Avon Grove, and it was all the more dif­fi­cult as the Devils had to go with­out in­jured start­ing quar­ter­back Joey Bor­cky. Ju­nior Shane Wolford filled in.

“We are get­ting there but we are not (Coatesville),” Red Devils’ head coach Harry O’Neill ac­knowl­edged. “They have much bet­ter tal­ent-base than we do. Hope­fully we can see what they do and try to repli­cate it.

“We didn’t want them to big-play us to death like they’ve done to ev­ery­body else, and at least we made them earn their points. I’m not big on morale vic­to­ries, but at least we didn’t quit.”

But with Ortega lead­ing the way, the first half was just

about as one-sided as it gets in the Ches-Mont. The Raiders scored on all five pos­ses­sions dur­ing the first two quar­ters, rolling up 357 yards of of­fense and lim­it­ing Avon Grove to a mere 43 yards.

Just in the first quar­ter alone, Jadan Hud­son scored his first of two short TD runs, and then Ortega found the end zone on a 4-yard keeper, and later hit Aaron Young on a 19-yard scor­ing toss that came on fourth down.

“We weren’t go­ing to un­der­es­ti­mate Avon Grove,” Ricky Ortega said. “We talked be­fore the game about com­ing out and play­ing hard like we nor­mally do.”

Hud­son had two more scores in the sec­ond quar­ter, in­clud­ing a 13-yard strike from Ortega, to make it 35-0, and Coatesville’s Wil­lie Barsee booted a 20-yard field goal with no time left on the clock.

“Our of­fense just keeps ex­e­cut­ing and get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery week,” Ricky Ortega said. “Every­thing we ran in prac­tice seemed to be open in this game.”

Avon Grove’s Zachary Long grabbed a 16-yard pass from Wolford to end the shutout in the third, and de­fender Dy­lan

Poole rounded out the scor­ing in the fourth with an in­ter­cep­tion and a 45-yard re­turn for a touch­down.

De­spite emp­ty­ing the bench in the sec­ond half, the Raiders sur­ren­dered a to­tal of 141 yards, and just 62 on the ground.

“Peo­ple don’t talk about our de­fense much, but they’ve been step­ping up and play­ing re­ally well,” Ricky Ortega said.

“We know our of­fense is strong right now, so we are try­ing to get this de­fense bet­ter and bet­ter so that they can catch up,” Matt Ortega added. “I saw early in the sea­son that this group could be very good, but we’ve had to fig­ure some things out, re­fined our scheme a lit­tle bit and it is show­ing the last few weeks.”

Hud­son fin­ished with 62 yards on the ground and Avery Young chipped in with four catches for 69 yards – and all of it came in the first half.

“Ev­ery time we step on the field, we are play­ing for many things: a Ches-Mont cham­pi­onship, our city, our fans and our fam­i­lies,” said Avery Young.

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