North Penn Awaits: Ortega goes wild as Raiders head to Lans­dale for semi­fi­nal

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

CALN >> Com­ing into Fri­day night’s District 1 6A quar­ter­fi­nal, Ri­d­ley had the top-rated de­fense in the district, al­low­ing a pal­try eight points per game. Coatesville beat that av­er­age five times over. The po­tent Red Raiders at­tack scored three touch­downs in the first eight min­utes of play, and fourth-seeded Coatesville rolled to a con­vinc­ing 41-21 tri­umph Fri­day night. The Red Raiders (111) will hit the road to face No. 1 North Penn Fri-

day night at 7 p.m.

Coatesville rolled up a whop­ping 519 to­tal yards of of­fense as fresh­man quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega put on quite a show, throw­ing for 138 yards and two touch­downs and run­ning for an­other 123 yards and three long TD runs. Both touch­down passes went to the tal­ented Avery Young to open up the early lead. Aaron Young had his usual big night, rush­ing for 246 yards and a touch­down on 26 car­ries.

The first score came on the first Coatesville se­ries of the game, as Ortega rolled to his right and hit a streak­ing Avery Young with a 21-yard TD pass. Af­ter a Ri­d­ley three and out, the Red Raiders struck again as Avery Young hauled in a 39-yard strike from Ortega for a 14-0 just five min­utes in.

“We saw some things that we thought would work,” Ortega said. “They did not have safety help on the weak side so I just found Avery and he made two great catches. We wanted to get the early lead and get out on them early. Now, we look for­ward to North Penn and get back to prac­tice Mon­day, and we have an­other week of hard work.”

Ri­d­ley did not help it­self as the fifth-seeded Green Raiders (10-2) lost three first-half fum­bles and never got the pass­ing game go­ing, as Ri­d­ley quar­ter­back Cade Strat­ton com­pleted just five of 10 passes for 63 yards. Af­ter a Ri­d­ley fum­ble was re­cov­ered by the Red Raiders’ Zach Hil­liard, the Coatesville of­fense struck again.

This time Coatesville went on a seven-play, 52yard drive that cul­mi­nated in a 24-yard touch­down run by Ortega straight up the mid­dle, putting Coatesville up, 210, af­ter one quar­ter.

Ri­d­ley did not quit how­ever, as the Green Raiders came back and scored when Ma­lik Young went five yards around the left side to cut the lead to 21-7. But af­ter the Ri­d­ley kick­off, Coatesville marched down the field again and Ortega ran 22 yards for a score to make it a 28-7 game at half­time.

Ri­d­ley had a chance to make it a two-score game, but the Coatesville de­fense stuffed Ri­d­ley on a fourth down play at the Coatesville 4 yard line just as the first half ended.

“We have a lot of young play­ers on this team but they are all step­ping up,” said Coatesville’s Jadan Hud­son. “And the se­niors are keep­ing it to­gether also. We have a close team and we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to go­ing up to North Penn next week. It will be a great game.”

Ri­d­ley came alive in the sec­ond half, when Strat­ton com­pleted two short passes and a 39-yard toss to Brock An­der­son to set up Young’s 23-yard touch­down run around the left side to cut the lead to 2814 in the third quar­ter.

But it seemed like only a mat­ter of time before the Red Raiders scored again, and this time Ortega again took mat­ters into his own hands, run­ning 22 yards for a score and a 34-13 lead.

“We saw some things we could do and that is the beauty of the no-hud­dle of­fense,” Matt Ortega said. “You can change things at the line. and, this team has great chem­istry and they are very close. Ri­d­ley de­serves a lot of credit. They did not quit and hat’s off to them. We wanted to put them away ear­lier but they did a good job stay­ing in the game but we got that third pe­riod touch­down af­ter they made it 28-14 and we will take the win.”


Coatesville’s Ricky Ortega runs in a 24-yard touch­down in the first quar­ter to give the Red Raiders a 21-0 lead against Ri­d­ley.

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