KEEP­ING IT 100

ORTEGAS HIT CEN­TURY MARKS — TOUCH­DOWNS FOR RICKY, COACH­ING VIC­TO­RIES FOR MATT — AS RED RAIDERS REACH CLASS 6A SEMI­FI­NAL

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

Coatesville jumps to big lead, will host Gar­net Val­ley

CALN >> If No. 10 Down­ing­town East was to pull off the up­set against No. 2 Coatesville, it would need its trade­mark power run game to come through.

Fri­day, at a rainy Coatesville sta­dium, the Red Raiders elim­i­nated any chance the Cougars had with a sti­fling de­fen­sive per­for­mance.

Coatesville stopped East on a fourth-and-two and fourth-and-one in the first half, al­low­ing its of­fense to get go­ing.

That it did, as the Red Raiders scored 31 points in the sec­ond quar­ter to roll to a 38-19 vic­tory over East in the Dis­trict 1-6A quarterfinals.

A week af­ter the Cougars ran for 349 yards against Spring-Ford, Coatesville held them to 49 rush yards and one first down in the first half and 122 on the ground for the game.

The Red Raiders (12-0) will host No. 3 Gar­net Val­ley in the semi­fi­nals next week.

“We pre­pared all week but our game plan didn’t change much,” Coatesville linebacker Nik Thomp­son said. “We added things we could do and now we get Gar­net Val­ley next week.”

It was Coatesville’s sec­ond win over East in as many weeks, fol­low­ing a 42-7 win in week nine.

A bit of his­tory was made as ju­nior quar­ter­back Ricky Ortega threw his 100th ca­reer touch­down pass (and added an­other pair on top of it) and his fa­ther, Matt Ortega, col­lected his 100th win at the helm of Coatesville.

“It’s a great ac­com­plish­ment for me and I re­ally en­joyed that mo­ment,” Ricky Ortega said. “The big­gest thing was be­ing able to cel­e­brate with my team and move onto the next round. That was the big­gest ac­com­plish­ment.”

Ricky has quar­ter­backed the Raiders for 36 of his fa­ther’s 100 wins at Coatesville, and the pair has won five straight against East.

“It’s awe­some,” Matt Ortega said. “To be able to play our arch ri­val, and they do a great job over there, but to come out and share this spe­cial night with the team is spe­cial. The most im­por­tant thing is we made it to the semis and we’re play­ing next week and we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Ricky Ortega threw his first in­ter­cep­tion since week six on Coatesville’s first drive, spot­ting East the ball at the Raiders’ 33.

Coatesville’s de­fense was ready and and stuffed Gar­vey Jonas­saint on fourt­hand-two. “Their de­fense has played re­ally well,” East coach Mike Matta said. “Their de­fense is vi­cious.”

The Raiders fol­lowed their stop with a con­ver­sion on third-and-24 the en­su­ing drive when Dapree Bryant took a pass from Ortega and weaved his way for a 47-yard touch­down.

Bryant added a 49-yard TD pass in the sec­ond quar­ter and set up a touch­down runs by Aaron Young and Ortega with an in­ter­cep­tion and a long punt re­turn late in the sec­ond.

Bryant now has 979 re­ceiv­ing yards on the sea­son, and Young de­liv­ered an­other big game with 142 yards on the ground. Frankie Sherman added his fourth TD of the year on a 28-yard catch and run.

“They’re a good foot­ball team, a re­ally good foot­ball team,” Matta said of Coatesville. “They beat us in all phases of the game, of­fense, de­fense and spe­cial teams. Give all the credit to them. They have good play­ers and since Matt (Ortega) got there, he turned that pro­gram from above av­er­age to an out­stand­ing team.”

Matta also pointed out his Cougars are 19-5 the past two sea­sons, with four of those losses com­ing at the hands of Coatesville.

The Raiders pulled their of­fen­sive starters at half­time and East was able to find the end zone three times in the fourth against Coatesville’s back­ups.

The at­ten­tion will now shift to Gar­net Val­ley in a re­match of the dis­trict fi­nal last year, won dra­mat­i­cally by Coatesville, 35-28, in the fi­nal mo­ments.

NATE HECK­EN­BERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Dapree Bryant (2) and Ricky Ortega (1) of Coatesville cel­e­brate their sec­ond touch­down con­nec­tion in the sec­ond quar­ter.

NATE HECK­EN­BERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Coatesville’s Dapree Bryant re­turns an in­ter­cep­tion into Down­ing­town East ter­ri­tory in the sec­ond quar­ter.

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