October 31, 2004 |
Coatesville already was at the top of District 1's Class AAAA playoff ratings. The coaches had told the players over and over again that they had the stuff to live up to the rating and stand up to their own history. So yesterday, after a season of occasional slips and slides but never enough to get knocked off course, it was time for the Red Raiders to show they believed in themselves. "Last year, we were the same team, pretty much," senior Will Keylor said. "We just had to learn how to win. " Almost before they had a chance to think otherwise, the Red Raiders, ranked third in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, scored three first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 28-7 win over West Chester Henderson.
September 14, 1987 |
Major Culclasure of Coatesville led his troops on an overwhelming frontal assault on Chester on Saturday that resulted in a 21-7 Red Raiders victory in the opening game of the season for both teams. During the preseason, Coatesville coach Rich Como insisted that his offense would be based on ball control, with fullback Culclasure running behind an experienced and tough offensive line. Como was right. The visiting Red Raiders bulled their way to 296 yards and 19 first downs, all on the ground, led by Culclasure's 134 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
December 19, 2004 |
While Coatesville barely missed at states, it still won the illustrious Steel City Invitational. And the Chest-Mont League, District 1 Class AAAA/AAA, and Abington Invitational. The Red Raiders are The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania boys' cross-country team of the year. Coatesville, directed by head coach Keith Andrew and assistant coach Dave Lapp, improved almost every week during the season. At states last month in Hershey, the Red Raiders scored 100 points, just five points shy of champion Cedar Cliff.
September 8, 2000 |
An experienced Central Dauphin football team beat a young Coatesville squad, 37-0, last year. Rams coach George Chaump admits concern about a different outcome tonight when the two teams meet at 7 at Coatesville. "We've lost a lot," Chaump said, comparing this year's squad to his 1999 team that made it to the finals of the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs before losing. "We've got five sophomores starting and some of them go both ways. "Coatesville was pretty much a junior team last season.
March 8, 1993 |
After losing to Coatesville twice during the Ches-Mont season, West Chester East coach Dan Rudloff knew what to expect on Saturday at Downingtown in the quarterfinal of the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA tournament. "There's a reason they are the No. 1 seed," Rudloff said. "They have more weapons than we do, more athletes, and are a better team. " The Red Raiders lived up to their billing as they dispatched the ninth- seeded Vikings, 73-38. Coatesville (22-3) will play Sun Valley in the semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
January 19, 1987 |
Coatesville basketball coach Gerry Quedenfeld spent about 10 minutes after Saturday night's game punching lockers and yelling at the top of his voice. That's about 9 minutes and 19 seconds longer than it took Coatesville to turn what looked like a victory into a stunning 53-52 loss to undefeated Woodrow Wilson of West Lawn at the Bulldogs' packed gym. The story of this tightly played game, which Wilson led only at the very beginning and the very end, was told in a 41-second span with 1:39 left in the game.
January 8, 1999 |
If there has been one thorn in the side of the Paulsboro wrestling team in recent years, Absegami is it. In 1997, the Braves halted Paulsboro's 55-match winning streak with a 42-18 decision. Last season, they were the only team between the Red Raiders and their 28th undefeated campaign, scoring a thrilling 34-30 victory. The two South Jersey powerhouses will meet again at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Absegami. Paulsboro enters this match as the favorite, which was not the case in the last two seasons.
October 16, 1990 |
Facing an unbeaten powerhouse with a club still searching for its first victory, Radnor coach Bob Martin figured his team would have had to pull off a small miracle to beat Ridley in their Central League clash Saturday. But from Ridley's first offensive play of the game - a 65-yard touchdown run by halfback Mike Busza - Martin knew he would be looking at a long day on the sidelines. That run was only the start of a romp, as the visiting Green Raiders coasted to a 48-3 victory over the Red Raiders.
November 27, 1989 |
Mike Dominick sat in his office in the Coatesville locker room savoring his team's 20-13 victory over Downingtown on Saturday. Outside, his muddy players were still celebrating, dancing and hugging as they enjoyed their second consecutive Ches-Mont championship and first trip to the state playoffs. As players walked by the big glass partition separating the office from the rest of the locker room, they knocked and waved to their coach, who returned their greeting with a big smile.