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Rising Stocker

Posted Saturday, October 30, 2010 by Peter DiGiovanni, Daily Local
DOWNINGTOWN — The Coatesville football team had not beaten Downingtown West in five years.

All week the Red Raiders reminded themselves of this fact.

Friday night at Kottmeyer Stadium, the Red Raiders took care of that record as they rode an efficient passing performance from quarterback Manny Stocker and their usual defensive gem to an impressive 26-10 Ches-Mont League win over the host Whippets.

Stocker completed 11-of-15 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown and got Coatesville on the board early in the second period when he completed an 8-yard touchdown toss to Kyle Kerrick in the left corner of the Downingtown (3-2 Ches-Mont, 4-5 overall) end zone to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead.

Stocker's pass completed an 11-play, 88-yard drive that started when Dave Warner picked off a Kenny Fuhrman pass at the Coatesville 10-yard line.

"Manny was great tonight and he has been our rock all season," Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega said. "He was real effective with the short passing game and he is also good when we take shots down field. He is really going good right now for us."

Going good was the Whippet offense until Warner picked off Fuhrman at the Coatesville goal line.

For the rest of the night, the Coatesville defense, led by Ryan Valentino, Kevin Berry

and Phil Boyd, dominated the game, holding the Whippets to just 29 yards passing and under 200 yards of total offense.

Downingtown West lost running back Trey Faust to injury, which did not help the Whippet cause.

"Kenny was real beat up last week," Downingtown West head coach Mike Milano said. "He did not throw all week due to a deep bicep bruise. And, we left some points out there. Losing Trey also hurt because he was a big part of the plan tonight. But, give them credit. They did a nice job tonight."

With Coatesville holding a 14-3 lead early in the third period, Downingtown West closed the gap to 14-10 when Dante Harrell took off on a 36-yard touchdown run one play after the Whippets took a punt from the Red Raiders.

The score seemed to re-energize the Red Raiders, who took over the game from there.

Stocker called his own number, broke a tackle and scored from 25 yards out to give Coatesville (4-1, 7-2) a 20-10 lead late in the third period, completing another long Coatesville scoring drive.

Stocker and Dae-hon Cheung led the way for a 221-yard rushing night for the Red Raiders with Cheung going for 165 of those and two scores.

Downingtown West continued to struggle on offense as the Red Raider defense closed off all the doors on the Whippets.

"We may not be big but we are 11 guys putting hats on the ball," Ryan Valentino said. "We practice hard every day and we know our assignments and we run to the football. We do not have to be big. We play big."

Big was a word to describe how important this revenge game was to the Red Raiders. Linebacker Kevin Berry may have summed it up best.

"I thought about how they have beaten us all week," Berry said. "But, we rush to the football and we wanted this game bad. Tonight we came in here and dominated Downingtown and turned it into a Coatesville night. This is a great feeling to put this on them."

The victory sets up the Red Raiders for next week's regular season finale against Avon Grove. A win would likely get Coatesville at least one home game in the upcoming District 1 Class AAAA playoffs.

Ortega, in his second season as Red Raider boss, said it has been a concerted effort from everybody in the Red Raider family.

"All off season the kids have worked hard and the administration and the community have been behind us. It has been a great expreience and the kids deserve all they have gotten."

Notes: Rasheed Baker-Wilson had a big night catching the football for Coatesville, hauling in six balls for 71 yards.

Coatesville 26, Downingtown West 10

Coatesville 0 14 6 6 — 26

Downingtown West 0 3 7 0 - 10

Scoring

C-Kerrick 8 pass from Stocker (Perry kick)

D-FG Caruso 25

C-Cheung 1 run (Perry kick)

D-Harrell 36 run (Caruso kick)

C-Stocker 25 run (kick failed)

C-Cheung 2 run (kick failed)

Team Totals

C D

First downs 14 12

Yards rushing 221 144

Yards passing 114 29

Total yards 335 173

Passing 11-15-0 6-18-2

Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0

Punts-avg 2-34.0 4-33.5

Penalties-yds 9-90 5-40

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Coat: Cheung 27-165, 2TD's; Stocker 15-52, 1TD; Berry 2-4. Down: Harrell 13-80, 1TD' Faust 9-38; Connell 2-14; Fuhrman 4-12.

Passing: Coat: Stocker 11-15-114, 1TD. Down: Fuhrman 6-18-29.

Receiving: Coat: Baker-Wilson 6-71; Kerrick 2-27, 1TD; Berry 1-8; Jones 1-7; Cheung 1-1. Down: Harrell 2-21; Smith 3-10; Connell 1 (-2).

Sacks: Coat: None. Down: Anderson.

Interceptions: Coat: Warner, Kerrick. Down: None.

To contact staff writer Peter DiGiovanni send e-mail tocpn11716@comcast.net.

 

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