Raiders keep rolling in rout of Rustin

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Nate Heck­en­berger nheck­en­berger@gmail.com @nheck­en­berger on Twit­ter

WEST­TOWN >> The com­par­isons to the 2012 PIAA run­ner-up Coatesville team will fol­low this year’s ver­sion, and likely the next cou­ple.

The fact that the 2016 squad is re­mind­ing folks of that great team should worry op­po­nents.

The 2012 team be­came its most ex­plo­sive when Daquan Wor­ley be­came a dom­i­nant run­ner. Aaron Young, who wears the same num­ber as Wor­ley did, has be­come that much sooner, and it is mak­ing the Red Raiders’ of­fense very, very hard to de­fend.

Fri­day night, Young and the Red Raiders ended West Ch­ester Rustin’s five-game win streak with a 41-13 road, non­league vic­tory in the reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale.

Coatesville fin­ished 9-1 and will host a District 1 6A first round

play­off game next Fri­day.

“Our phi­los­o­phy with the run­ning game takes some time,” said Coatesville coach Matt Ortega. “We re­ally wanted to come out and run. In 2012 it took Wor­ley un­til the eighth game or so to have 100 yards, but Aaron has been run­ning well and the of­fen­sive line is block­ing well. We’re healthy and feel com­fort­able head­ing into the play­offs and we’ll take it week to week and try to im­prove.”

Rustin (5-5), which will likely start on the road in the Class 5A play­offs, set Coatesville up with great field po­si­tion on its first three drives, start­ing 45, 37 and 37 yards away from the end zone, re­spec­tively.

Young took it from there, scor­ing on 23 and 30-yard runs the first two drives. He set Ricky Ortega’s one­yard touch­down sneak with a 28-yard catch and run on fourth-and-seven.

Still in the first quar­ter, Young dashed 44 yards for his third score and punched in a nine-yarder in the sec­ond quar­ter for his 22nd rush­ing TD of the sea­son.

“It’s great, our of­fense is re­ally rolling,” Young said. “Our de­fense is play­ing great and we’re try­ing to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing in the play­offs.”

Young fin­ished with 169 rush­ing yards on 10 car­ries, adding 32 yards on two re­cep­tions on the five drives he played. He heads into the post­sea­son with 1,123 yards on the ground, while av­er­ag­ing 10.7 yards a carry.

Rustin coach Mike St. Clair’s de­fense had no answers for the speedy sophomore, and found the words to de­scribe him just as elu­sive.

“He’s at a dif­fer­ent level,” St. Clair said. “He’s just at a dif­fer­ent level.”

Isa­iah Hall fin­ished the scor­ing for the Red Raiders, lin­ing up at full­back in the heavy pack­age and slam­ming in from three yards out. Coatesville’s starters kept the Knights out of the end zone and out-yardaged them 36441 at half­time.

“We came out here a lit­tle ner­vous,” Matt Ortega said. “Hav­ing just won the league last week and hav­ing the play­offs two weeks away, (Rustin) was a team that had been do­ing well for a cou­ple weeks now. We came out and took care of busi­ness early.”

Rustin got on the board with sec­ond-half TD runs by Bran­don Fra­zier and Zack Vanscovich. The Knights won five of their last six af­ter their worst start of a sea­son ever at 0-4.

NATE HECK­EN­BERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Coatesville’s Aaron Young (4) cel­e­brates with his brother Avery Young (2) af­ter Aaron’s fourth touch­down of the first half.

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