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Raiders roll past Academy Park

Posted Saturday, September 11, 2010 by By RYAN BRIGHT, Special to the Local News

CALN — Big-play offense set the tone, but it was the Coatesville defense that put the stamp on the Red Raiders' 26-0 romping over visiting Academy Park in Friday's non-league action.

"That's just Coatesville football," said senior Red Raider linebacker Kevin Berry. "We're a tough team, we've always been a tough team and we're out here trying to show the rest of the Ches-Mont that we're a tough team."

One week after losing a hard-fought contest to highly touted Ridley, Coatesville (1-1) was starving for a win against the Knights (1-1).

"It's better to win ugly than lose pretty," said Red Raiders coach Matt Ortega, whose team dominated despite committing seven penalties. "Last week, we lost pretty and tonight we won ugly. We have some things we have to work on but it's good to get the win. We just have to take it week-to-week and continue to get better."

Coming off an impressive victory against Upper Merion in its season opener, Academy Park was expected to give the Raiders a better fight. However, Knights' coach Jason Vosheski had a simple answer why the opposite occurred.

"Coatesville is not Upper Merion," he said. "The biggest thing was the level of competition. Coatesville is a 4A school and a playoff contender every year and we weren't prepared."

Coatesville flexed its offensive muscle early in the first, when on just its second play from scrimmage, junior Dae-hon Cheung took an uncontested end-around 41 yards for the touchdown. But the Raiders weren't done firing. After having a 72-yard touchdown run called back on a holding penalty with 1:32 remaining in the first, Dom Wilson wouldn't be denied a second time, when he bolted 17 yards for the score to give his team the 12-0 lead. Both point after attempts failed.

"They give us chances and we had to capitalize on them," said Coatesville quarterback Manny Stocker, who passed for 72 yards and two touchdowns. "We should have capitalized a few more times than we did."

However, despite the fireworks in the opening stanza, the play of the game came in the second. With 6:19 left in the half, Stocker fired the ball down the middle to 6-foot-3 receiver Kyle Kerrick. The defensive back fell to the ground but managed to latch on to the foot of Kerrick, hampering his movement. Kerrick dodged a tackle and yanked free of the defender and trekked 56 yards for the touchdown, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Kerrick would make another amazing grab in the third quarter to point an exclamation point on his 72 yard effort.

"They put us one-on-one on the outside and filled the box up," said Ortega. And we had a bigger receiver in a matchup. They gave us that and we made them pay for it.

"Good teams find ways to win. I think at times we'll be a drive team but sometimes we'll be a big-play team. That's what good teams do."

Academy Park's best chance to get on the board came at the 6:56 mark of the fourth quarter, when Daryl Jones drilled a pass to Mark Doe for a 55-yard reception to give the Knights a shot in the red zone. But the Coatesville defense was up the task. Looking to duplicate the passing play, Carl Coleman missed his receiver but hit the hands of Raiders' defensive back Marquis Weathington. It was the fourth forced turnover of the game for Coatesville.

"We wanted to make sure we were on top of all the options they do, the draws and screens plays," said Berry. "We wanted to do enough to give them the donut."

Coatesville 26

Academy Park 0

Coatesville 12 7 7 0 - 26

Academy Park 0 0 0 0 - 0

Scoring

CV- Cheung 41 run (kick failed)

CV- Wilson 17 run (kick failed)

CV- Kerrick 56 pass from Stocker (Perry kick)

CV- Kerrick 12 pass from Stocker (Perry kick)

Team Totals

CV AP

First downs 7 8

Yards rushing 80 83

Yards passing 72 66

Total yards 152 149

Passing 3-7-0 4-12-1

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 6-3

Penalties 7-55 12-95

Punts-Avg. 5-36 6-30

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Coatesville: Wilson 11-49, TD; Cheung 2-41, TD; Berry 1-9; Hunt 4-(-4); Stocker 9-(-6). Academy Park: Doe 20-64; Ca. Coleman 9-7; Ch. Coleman 3-7; Jones 2-5; Burton 1-0.

PASSING - Coatesville: Stocker 3-9-0, 72 yards, 2 TD; Hunt 0-1-0. Academy Park: Ca. Coleman 4-12-1, 66 yards.

RECEIVING - Coatesville: Kerrick 3-72, 2 TD. Academy Park: Doe 2-57. Jones 1-10. Ruggear 1-1.

INTERCEPTIONS: Coatesville: Weathington. Academy Park: None.

SACKS: Coatesville: Lloyd; McCain. Academy Park: Thompson 2; Allen 2; Towah.

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