Despite the loss, there is a lot for Coatesville to be proud of, as they finished overall and won their league for the third consecutive year. Coatesville dominated opponents in , winning by an average of nearly 33 points per game. This dominance was good enough to end the year ranked 3 in the state of Pennsylvania.
Ortega has done a tremendous job, winning five league championships and turning Coatesville into a powerhouse.
Ortega has compiled a record as a Head Coach and has coached over 30 Division I players. That number will increase at the end of the season, as several of his players have already received Division I offers.
The teams also opened the season last year, with Coatesville getting the better of Harrisburg.
Key Losses Arguably the biggest loss on offense is Aaron Young, who will be playing at Rutgers this fall. The , pound running back rushed for 1, yards in on a blistering 9. Young also added over yards receiving and an additional 4 touchdowns.
Aside from Young, wide receiver Dymere Miller will be a significant loss for the Red Raiders, as he had yards on 26 receptions in with 10 touchdowns, all of which were second best on the team.
Thompson, who will be playing for Division II Kutztown in the fall, led the team in tackles 94 , sacks 7 , and tackles for loss 15 in Holmes provided strength up front with 4 sacks and 12 tackles for loss, while Frankie De Los Santos had a great year in the secondary with 59 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, and two fumble recoveries.
These are some of the key playmakers that Coatesville will need to replace in Both players have committed to Villanova as part of their class. Ortega was the Player of the Year in Chester County and made the offense go in , throwing for 2, yards and 36 touchdowns, with only 5 interceptions, while also adding yards rushing and another 13 touchdowns.
His dual-threat ability is a big part of the reason the Red Raiders averaged over 40 points per game.
Bryant was easily his favorite target, catching 52 balls for 1, yards and 15 touchdowns, all of which led the team by a wide margin. The loss of Aaron Young does leave a void in the run game, however, Shamaur Hall has shown he has the talent to be able to step in and be productive in the backfield.
Players to Watch: Defense Even though Coatesville is losing 4 of their top 5 leading tacklers from , they certainly will not be without talent.
In the secondary, Coatesville is looking strong with defensive backs Abdul Sabur-Stewart, Dapree Bryant and Shamaur Hall all returning as the three leaders in interceptions in It was a heartbreaking loss last season. They had the entire offseason to think about it and use it as motivation to prepare even harder for this matchup and new year.
They will also have a huge game against Downington West in Week 8. They were in Quarterback Will Howard is committed to Kansas State and he and his team will be looking for revenge and bragging rights.
Downington East and Bayard Rustin both finished last year and will be tough games late in the regular season. They have the talent and a good core group of players returning on both sides of the ball. They definitely need some of their first year players to make a strong contribution.
After the first game and playing a powerhouse team, they will know what adjustments need to be made going forward.
Dapree Bryant and Shamaur Hall will be playmakers on offense and defense. Ruttman, Meeks, and Jacobs will lead the defense. When you have an elite quarterback, anything is possible in November and December. Ricky Ortega has had a storybook career putting up serious numbers in his first 3 seasons, but he has one more unwritten chapter left to write before he finishes.
This chapter starts with Harrison and he knows how he wants to tell the story in this game and for the season. Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published.