Raiders pour it on, again, in shutout

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Peter DiGio­vanni pdigo­v­anni07@gmail.com @PeteDLN on Twit­ter

CALN » If you had a few Coatesville football play­ers in your fantasy league, you would be sit­ting pretty right now.

Fri­day night in a nonleague Ches-Mont cross­over against West Ch­ester Rustin, the Red raiders piled up 553 yards of total of­fense, 305 on the ground and 258 more through the air cour­tesy of quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega, as the fifth ranked team in Pa. Prep Live’s Top 20 de­stroyed No. 19 West Ch­ester Rustin, 49-0.

Not only was the Coatesville (5-1) of­fense on fire, the Red Raider de­fense, led by se­nior Alex Rai­mondo, held Rustin (4-2) to just 92 yards of total of­fense in a com­pletely dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance. Rustin had av­er­aged 42 points per game in its last three out­ings, but the Red Raider de­fense shut out the Golden Knights.

“These kids like to play to­gether and in front of this home crowd,” Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega said. “They play for the com­mu­nity and they are a very close group. When one of our ju­nior var­sity guys scored late in the game, the whole team went to greet him be­cause he works on the scout team and gives ev­ery­thing he has in prac­tice all week. These kids have fun to­gether.”

The fun started early for the Red Raiders as they took the open­ing kick­off and went on a 10-play, 68-yard touch­down drive with Ortega hit­ting Avery Young from 15 yards out to make it a 6-0 game. Then, Rustin fum­bled on the sec­ond play after re­ceiv­ing the kick­off and Jimmy Lim­pett fell on it at the Rustin 33 yard line. The long­est of­fen­sive play the Golden Knights had all night was a 19-yard pass play from Will Pi­leggi to Tyler Ka­liner.

Five plays later Coatesville was in the end zone again when Dapree Bryant caught a pretty six­yard slant pass from Ortega. Ortega fin­ished the game com­plet­ing 16 of 25 passes for 258 yards and two touch­downs and had an­other 66-yard bomb called back due to a penalty.

“We never lose our fo­cus no mat­ter what the score is,” Bryant said. “We are locked in right now. Of­fense, de­fense and spe­cial teams are all play­ing very well and we want to keep things going the way they are now.”

With a 13-0 lead, Coatesville racked up 22 points in the sec­ond pe­riod to take a com­mand­ing 35-0 lead at half­time and put the sec­ond half into the mercy rule. Coatesville, lead­ing 28-0, took a Rustin punt at its own 43 yard line with 17 sec­onds to play and it looked like the Red Raiders would run the clock out and go into the locker from with a nice lead.

Not these Red Raiders. Ortega threw a screen pass to Aaron Young, who weaved his way through traf­fic and car­ried Golden Knights de­fend­ers down to the one yard line with one sec­ond to play in the half. One play later, Young waltzed into the end zone for a 35-0 lead and the home crowd wildly roared its ap­proval. Young rushed for 134 yards on 14 car­ries with three scores on the night.

“I don’t think we lose our fo­cus even with the big leads we have been hav­ing in these games,” Young said. “I think I can do a lot of things in the back­field. I am pretty shifty and I like to catch the ball out of the back­field. Tonight, we played very well.”

Coatesville scored again in the third pe­riod when Frankie Sher­man went in from a yard out and Ortega cleared his bench, but that did not stop the Red Raider on­slaught. Daryl Perry busted through the Golden Knights’ line like he was shot out of a can­non and rum­bled 46 yards to make it a 49-0 game and close out the lop­sided af­fair.

“These kids love to play in front of this crowd be­cause of all the sup­port they get,” Ortega said. “It is a throw­back town and the team is as close as the com­mu­nity is.”

NATE HECKENBERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Aaron Young of Coatesville scores a one-yard touch­down on the final play of the first half.

NATE HECKENBERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Coatesville’s Avery Young leaps over West Ch­ester Rustin’s Michael Covert for a first quar­ter touch­down.

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