|Staff photo by Vinny Tennis/ Coatesville's Daquan Worley shakes off a W.C. East tackler during Friday's game.|
By BRENT GLASGOW
WEST CHESTER – After the deflation of an interception of the first play from scrimmage, things got ugly in a hurry for West Chester East on Friday night against Coatesville.
The visiting Red Raiders scored on their first five offensive possessions, and dominated on defense en route to a 35-0 Ches-Mont League National Division victory.
“We came out and played solid football and did what we wanted in the first half,” Coatesville coach Matt Ortega said. “We want to keep getting better each week, and we were good in all phases tonight.”
In scoring all the game’s points in the first half, Coatesville (5-2 overall, 3-1 National) finished the half with a 285-44 yardage advantage.
“Coatesville’s a good football team,” East coach Dan Ellis said. “They played well, took advantage of opportunities and just got the better of us.”
East (1-6, 0-3) tried a reverse-pass on its first play, but it was intercepted by Jay Stocker. Two plays later, Emmett Hunt hit Dre Boggs for a 15-yard touchdown pass just 94 seconds into the game.
“We knew going in that we needed to make something happen,” Ellis said of the trick-play call. “We probably threw a ball that shouldn’t have been thrown, but hey, we weren’t going to sit back and let them win. We wanted to do our best to go after them.”
Daquan Worley had touchdown runs of 1 and 34 yards, and Hunt had TD passes to Boggs and Chris Jones as Coatesville took a 35-point lead midway though the second quarter.
Coatesville’s only major error came with three minutes left in the first half, when backup running back Jimmy Clarke followed a 40-yard run with a fumble at the 1-yard line on the next play.
In one half of action, Hunt finished 7-of-9 for 137 yards and two TDs, while Worley had 103 yards and two scores on 14 carries.
Defensively, Coatesville’s starting unit yielded just two yards per play, while the reserves finished the shutout with the running-clock in the second half.
“The defense is playing very confident and they’ve been solid all year,” Ortega said. “They’re getting better every week, and that’s what you want to do this time of year.”
East quarterback Jon Jon Roberts and running back Jordan Jackson spent the second half icing leg ailments. With the game decided, Ellis chose not to risk further injury.
“They were just little things, but we didn’t want to expose them any more,” Ellis said. “Hopefully they’ll both be okay.”
After the game, Ellis told his squad that the season comes down to the next three weeks, starting with next Friday’s rivarly game at Henderson.
“We had two tough losses, so each week is a playoff for us,” Ortega said. “That’s how we have to approach it, and we just have to take care of business.”
Coatesville 35, West Chester East 0
Coatesville 21 14 0 0 – 35
W.C. East 0 0 0 0 - 0
C-Boggs 15 pass from Hunt (Bollenbach kick)
C-Worley 1 run (Bollenbach kick)
C-Jones 40 pass from Hunt (Bollenbach kick)
C-Boggs 17 pass from Hunt (Bollenbach kick)
C-Worley 34 run (Bollenbach kick)
First downs 14 6
Yards rushing 176 32
Yards passing 137 35
Total yards 313 67
Passing 7-9-0 4-13-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0
Penalties 2-20 4-30
Punts-Avg. 2-32 6-35
RUSHING – Coatesville: Worley 14-103, Clarke 11-61, Hudson 2-8, Hunt 1-5, Baynard 1-(-1). WC East: Jackson 6-17, Downey 5-11, Costa 3-7, Manes 4-4, Genthert 1-2, Murphy 2-(-1), Roberts 5-(-8).
PASSING – Coatesville: Hunt 7-9-0-137, Ahara 0-0-0-0, Baynard 0-0-0-0. WC East: Roberts 4-10-0-35, Downey 0-2-0-0, McKenna 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING – Coatesville: Jones 2-59, Boggs 4-46, Burke 1-32. WC East: Ritrovato 3-23, Jackson 1-12.
SACKS – Coatesville: Smith, Reynolds.
INTERCEPTIONS – Coatesville: Stocker.