October 5, 2014 |
The Coatesville offense looked toward the sideline and awaited the fourth-down call. The student section chanted, "Go for it. Go for it. " There were less than three minutes left in Friday night's 15-9 win at Downingtown East in a Ches-Mont National football game. The Red Raiders trailed by two points and had thrown three straight incomplete passes. "Punt team," Red Raiders coach Matt Ortega hollered. Quarterback Jordan Young remained on the field. He doubles as the team's punter.
November 3, 2013 |
Mike Milano's voice punctured through the pandemonium at Downingtown West's Kottmeyer Stadium. And even though the home crowd had just watched its Whippets win the league title, the fans, parents, and alumni who had stormed the field fell silent as the coach spoke to his team and the crowd in a postgame huddle. "I am so proud of you," Milano said in a voice that seemed both hoarse and emotional. Downingtown West, ranked No. 19 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, upset No. 3 Coatesville, 24-7, to win the Ches-Mont League National Conference title Friday night.
September 30, 2012 |
As Coatesville's backup quarterback last season, Emmitt Hunt says he learned more than just how to chart plays and hold a clipboard. While he saw little playing time, he watched strong-armed passer Manny Stocker, now at North Carolina State, and picked his brain. "We were close friends," Hunt said. "We watched film together, went over plays and such. That really helped me coming into this year. " Hunt showed his continuing development Saturday. He connected on 9 of 13 throws for 242 yards and four touchdowns as the visiting Red Raiders buried Unionville, 42-0, in a Ches-Mont League cross-conference matchup.
November 24, 2012 |
Coatesville's quick-striking, speed-laden offense was way too much for Neshaminy's usually staunch defense. The No. 9-seeded Red Raiders struck for five of their nine touchdowns in the first half, totaled 515 yards of offense, and emphatically ousted the No. 13 Redskins, 63-28, Friday night in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal playoff. Quarterback Emmitt Hunt, halfback Daquan Worley, and wideouts Chris Jones and Dre Boggs did the bulk of the damage for the explosive hosts.
March 14, 2013 |
After three years at Church Farm, Howard Sellars decided to play his final season of high school basketball at Coatesville. "Coatesville is where I live," the 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior guard said. "I just wanted to come home and give the city what they haven't seen in years. " Wednesday night, with Sellars as the catalyst, the Red Raiders moved closer to their first PIAA Class AAAA state title since 2001 with a 58-52 victory over Norristown in a second-round game at Spring-Ford.
December 16, 2012 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - A dual-threat quarterback, a stout offensive line, and a hard-charging defensive front squashed Coatesville's bid for a first state football title. In a high-scoring affair, North Allegheny, with two of its nine touchdowns coming on fumble returns, buried the turnover-plagued Red Raiders, 63-28, Saturday night in the PIAA Class AAAA final before 6,047 at Hersheypark Stadium. "I wish we would have come out and played better, but it wasn't our night on either side of the ball," Coatesville coach Matt Ortega said.
February 16, 2014 |
Harriton's one-two backcourt punch, along with a momentum-shifting heave at the end of the first half, trumped Coatesville's inside height. With Alex Shippen and Detasla Dixon combining for 47 points, including 30 after intermission, the quicker Rams downed the bigger Red Raiders, 73-60, Friday night in the opening round of the District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball tournament. Before the break, reserve Jordan Wright found twine from just inside half-court to cut Coatesville's advantage to six. Feeding off that shot, Harriton, which had trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, opened the second with an 8-0 burst.
March 10, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Mike Boykin donned his gold medal for the first time inside the Giant Center, lifted his coach with one arm, and punched the air in triumph with the other. It was that kind of day for Boykin (40-0), as the Coatesville senior earned his first state title in his final high school bout, defeating Boyertown sophomore Jordan Wood on Saturday night in the 220-pound final, 5-2. "It's about time," Boykin said, jokingly. "I was pretty confident going into the match, and it's something I've worked for since I was a freshman.
January 31, 2013 |
Two of the catalysts behind Coatesville's drive to the PIAA Class AAAA state final have made commitments to Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs. Speedy wideout and kick returner Chris Jones has committed to play at Coastal Carolina, and strong-armed quarterback Emmett Hunt, The Inquirer's player of the year in Southeastern Pennsylvania, committed to Delaware State. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Jones, who made 71 catches for 1,490 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, opted for Coastal Carolina, in Conway, S.C., over Temple and Massachusetts.