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Red Raiders roll yet again, rout West Ch­ester East

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - H.S. FOOTBALL - By Randy King For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia @king_randy95 on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER >> If Coatesville al­ready has its eyes on the play­offs, they’re not show­ing it each and ev­ery week, as they line up against the lat­est over­matched op­po­nent.

The Red Raiders kept their fo­cus Fri­day night, and rolled once again, rout­ing West Ch­ester East, 56-7, at Harold I. Zim­mer­man Sta­dium.

Coatesville, now 8-0 over­all and 4-0 in the Ches-Mont Na­tional, trav­els to Avon Grove next week be­fore host­ing Down­ing­town East to end the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Coatesville en­tered the night outscor­ing op­po­nents 332-88.

Now that ob­scene tally is 38895.

The only thing that seemed to go right for West Ch­ester East was a 97-yard kick­off re­turn by John Wileczek to open the sec­ond half, but the game was far out of reach by then.

The Vik­ings would strug­gle might­ily get­ting the ball rolling on of­fense as they could only scrounge up 29 to­tal yards.

“We chal­lenged our de­fense to­day, they (West Ch­ester East) had a great run­ning game head­ing into to­day with their tail­back (Pierre Marchant) av­er­ag­ing 10 yards a carry,” said Coatesville coach Matt Ortega. “So that was the chal­lenge we laid down for our de­fense.”

Marchant was not as suc­cess­ful on the ground to­day ver­sus the sti­fling Red Raiders de­fense, as he was only able to col­lect six yards to­tal. The Coatesville de­fense would only al­low six first downs all night and force two turnovers.

Switch side­lines and you find a much more po­tent of­fense, fin­ish­ing with 321 to­tal yards with 272 of them com­ing from the ground.

“The O-line blocked their butts off and so did the wide­outs and tight ends and holes just opened up so we keep do­ing that and hand­ing the ball off,” said run­ning back Aaron Young.

Young would fin­ish his night with an im­pres­sive 171-yard, twotouch­down per­for­mance, all of which came in the first half.

The scor­ing kicked off early for Coatesville as it would use its first pos­ses­sion to go five plays for 50 yards, capped off by a 16yard touch­down run by quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega.

Ortega would fin­ish the night go­ing 11-14 for 79 yards and three touch­downs throw­ing the ball.

Forc­ing a three-and-out, Coatesville would get the ball back and score on its sec­ond drive with the help of Young as he dashed in for a 17-yard touch­down run.

West Ch­ester East dug it­self into an early hole on the next pos­ses­sion when Ryan Cas­sidy’s pass was in­ter­cepted by Frankie De Los San­tos and re­turned all the way to the Vik­ings’ 4-yard line. Run­ning back John Ruttman would then fin­ish it off from four yards out on the next play.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, fol­low­ing a 4-yard touch­down run from Young to open the quar­ter, the Red Raiders would look like the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in the air raid of­fense, as Ortega would throw three touch­down passes to close out the half.

His first went to Dapree Bryant off of a beau­ti­ful leap and grab on a 12-yard fade route. Ortega would later find Dymere Miller on a 1-yard slant route. Fi­nally, Ortega would end his night with a 4-yard screen pass to Bryant.

“Of­fen­sively we just keep do­ing it week in and week out and that’s tak­ing ad­van­tage of what the de­fense is giv­ing us and then we’re mak­ing plays, said coach Ortega.


Coatsville’s Amir Kennedy runs the ball in the third quar­ter Fri­day against West Ch­ester East.


Coatsville’s Shar Hem­s­ley (31) runs with the ball in the third quar­ter Fri­day against West Ch­ester East.

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