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Jubilant Coatesville closes regular season on fire

Posted Saturday, November 06, 2010 by Daily Local.com

 CALN — The Coatesville High football team is flying high and will head into the district playoffs next weekend riding a six-game winning streak.

The Red Raiders closed out its regular season on Friday night with a convincing 34-14 victory over visiting Avon Grove in a Ches-Mont League National Division game.


Immediately following the win, Coatesville (5-1 National, 8-2 overall) was huddled up on the field when they received the news that Downingtown East had lost to West Chester Henderson in another key division game.

It set off a wild celebration among the Red Raiders players and coaches who started yelling and jumping up and down thinking they had just won a share of the National Division crown.

It was learned a few minutes later, however, that even though Downingtown East and Coatesville both finished with identical 5-1 league records, the division title goes outright to Downingtown East based on its head-to-head victory over Coatesville earlier this season.

In past years, the schools would've shared the league title based on the fact that Coatesville defeated Henderson in the regular season and finished with the same league mark as Downingtown East. But a new rule voted on by the Ches-Mont League principals prior to the start of this season states that in the case of a two-team division tie, the division crown goes to the head-to-head winner.

"It is what it is I guess," said a disappointed Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega upon hearing the news.

The Red Raiders, a share of the division title or not, have plenty to be fired up about going forward.

Coatesville completed its outstanding regular season in style and are now eyeing a possible home District 1 Class AAAA playoff game next Friday night. It will be Coatesville's first trip to districts since 2008.

"We took a lot of lumps last season and we've completely reversed everything," said Ortega. "I'm just happy about the way we finished the season off with six straight victories. All we could do was control what we could control, and we did that.

"We are heading into the playoffs with some steam now. The key is our offense has really hit its stride, and that's what we've been waiting for all year."

Coatesville quarterback Manny Stocker completed 9-of-14 passes against Avon Grove for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Dae-hon Cheung rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, and receiver Kyle Kerrick hauled in five catches for 105 yards and a score.

Coatesville sprinted out to a 21-0 lead 10 minutes into the game.

Avon Grove (1-5 National, 3-7 overall), however, fought until the very end despite having nothing to play for but pride one year after winning a share of the Ches-Mont National crown and making a deep district playoff run.

Behind another sensational effort from senior running back Brandon Monk in his final game in an Avon Grove uniform, rushing for a game-high 242 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries, the Red Devils were in the game in the second half despite the slow start.

Coatesville's Chris Jones took the opening kickoff of the game 66 yards to the Avon Grove 19-yard line, and one play later Dae-hon Cheung sprinted into the end zone for the first of his two scores.

Avon Grove drove right down the field on the ensuing possession. With the Red Devils approaching the red zone after picking up a fourth-and-three, quarterback Toby Fiala coughed the ball up after taking a hard hit, and Coatesville defensive lineman Devyn Gallimore scooped the fumble up and returned it 80 yards to give the Red Raiders a 14-0 lead with 6:32 left in the opening quarter.

Coatesville increased it to 21-0 late in the period after its defense stopped Avon Grove. Stocker capped a solid drive with a 23-yard touchdown toss to Rasheed Baker, who was wide-open in the end zone.

Monk gave Avon Grove life as he took their first play from scrimmage on the next drive 75 yards to the house.

The score stayed 21-7 until 29 seconds remained in the first half, when the Red Raiders capped a key drive with a 1-yard scoring run by Cheung to make it 27-7 at the break.

On the first possession of the second half, though, Avon Grove marched right down the field and Monk went in from 35 yards out to cut the deficit to 27-14.

"Our kids could've easily quit tonight," said Avon Grove head coach Marvin Dooley. "We had a lot of things go against us this season and we fought till the end. I'm proud of our guys."

Coatesville put the game away when Stocker hit Kerrick with a 52-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds to play in the third quarter that made it 34-14.

Disappointed about the news of not winning a share of the National title, Coatesville still has plenty to play for beginning next Friday in the district playoffs.

"I think we are really rolling right now," said Stocker. "All our hard work is paying off. It's an unbelievable feeling and we are going to be a team to be reckoned with in the next couple of weeks."

Coatesville 34, Avon Grove 14

Avon Grove 7 0 7 0 - 14

Coatesville 21 6 7 0 - 34

Scoring

C- Cheung 19 run (Perry kick)

C- Gallimore 80 fumble recovery (Perry kick)

C- Baker 23 pass from Stocker (Perry kick)

AG- Monk 75 run (Mayhart kick)

C- Cheung 1 run (Pass failed)

AG- Monk 35 run (Mayhart kick)

C- Kerrick 52 pass from Stocker (Perry kick)

Team Totals

AG C

First downs 13 13

Yards rushing 320 184

Yards passing 70 163

Total yards 390 347

Passing 5-14-2 9-15-1

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties 2-20 4-35

Punts-Avg. 3-38.3 2-40.5

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Avon Grove: Monk 33-242, 2TD; Holmes 2-58; Singley 7-22; Fabien 1-3; Peck 1-(-5). Coatesville: Cheung 14-97, 2TD; Wilson 5-47; Stocker 2-28; Berry 1-6; Holder 1-6.

PASSING - Avon Grove: Fiala 5-13-2, 70 yds; Peck 0-1. Coatesville: Stocker 9-14, 163 yds, 2TD; Jones 0-1-1, 0 yds.

RECEIVING - Avon Grove: Benson 3-52; Monk 2-18. Coatesville: Kerrick 5-105, TD; Berry 2-13; Baker 1-23, TD; Jones 1-22.

 

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