Break­out Bryant: Fresh­man re­ceiver goes off in shutout win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tim Hindin thindin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @timhindin on Twit­ter

CALN >> In or­der to hang with the fourth-seeded Coatesville, No. 12 Abington knew it was go­ing to have to play a near-per­fect game. Sim­ply put: the Ghosts didn’t. “We told our kids, as silly as it sounds, we re­ally have to play a per­fect game or at least a more dis­ci­plined game than they did,” Abington coach Kevin Con­lin said.

On the other side, Coatesville didn’t put to­gether its most im­pres­sive per­for­mance of the sea­son, but it was good enough for a con­vinc­ing 42-0 District 1 6A first-round win.

The thing that re­ally sticks out about Coatesville is its team speed. That speed was on full dis­play Fri­day night, led by fresh­man sen­sa­tion Ricky Ortega at quar­ter­back.

Ortega had a par­tic­u­lar con­nec­tion with a fel­low fresh­man, wide re­ceiver Dapree Bryant, who fin­ished with 144 yards on five catches and scor­ing two touch­downs.

“Our of­fense has a lot of play­mak­ers ob­vi­ously,” said Coatesville coach Matt Ortega. “We had a big break­out game from the fresh­man Dapree Bryant tonight and that’s what hap­pens when you have so many weapons on of­fense. One game it’s this guy, one game its that guy and tonight we got a break­out game from the fresh­man at wide re­ceiver and we knew he was due, and that was go­ing to hap­pen, and he lit it up tonight.”

While the speed of Coatesville was ap­par­ent through­out its skill po­si­tions, the speed re­ally shined through on the de­fen­sive line, where the Red Raiders did an ex­cel­lent job of shut­ting down dy­namic Abington run­ning back Darryl Davis-McNeil, as they held him to 86 yards rush­ing on 26 car­ries.

“We’re al­ways go­ing to try to stop the run first,” Ortega said. “We’re go­ing to do things schemat­i­cally, not change a whole lot of things, but do cer­tain things schemat­i­cally, make sure we have guys in the box and make sure we stop the run first.”

“Ev­ery­body sees the wide­outs and run­ning backs and ob­vi­ously the quar­ter­back is in­sanely dy­namic for a ninth-grade kid,” said Abington coach Kevin Con­lin. “But I think the key is their D-line is just so much faster than any­thing we’ve seen.”

For the Red Raiders, the quest for a district cham­pi­onship is well in play and off to a great start. Next up for the Raiders, No. 6 Ri­d­ley.

“Its just week to week (and) we got to get back,” Ortega said. “We got a cou­ple guys dinged, noth­ing ma­jor, we got to get them back healthy and ready next Fri­day at home.”


Zach Hil­lard dives to re­cover a fum­ble, set­ting up Coatesville’s ini­tial touch­down in the first quar­ter against Abington.


Coatesville’s Ricky Ortega looks for an open re­ceiver in the first quar­ter against Abington.

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