DOWNINGTOWN - Coatesville’s path to a District 1-AAAA football championship focused predominantly on an offense that has been nearly impossible to stop.
The Red Raiders displayed that explosiveness again last Friday night as they rolled over Pioneer Athletic Conference representative Spring-Ford, 59-28, in the district championship game at Downingtown West’s Kottmeyer Stadium. Coatesville met District 12 champion La Salle Friday night, Dec. 7, in the state semifinal playoff game back at Kottmeyer Stadium.
The Red Raiders (now 12-2) continue to pile up the points and yardage with an offense that features a potent amount of speed and quickness from an array of backs and receivers.
Coatesville from the Ches-Mont League scored on all but one series of downs throughout the evening against the Rams (12-3). Coatesville scored eight touchdowns (one defensive on a fumble recovery return) and tacked on a 27-yard field goal to the cause of a game the Red Raiders led 35-21 at halftime.
Senior quarterback Emmett Hunt directs the offense that can score from anywhere on the field while piling up points and yardage.
The Red Raiders, who will now take aim at a PIAA state championship, score almost at will and have done so throughout the District 1 playoffs. They do so with abundant speed and quickness from an array of backs and receivers.
“I can’t even describe it,” said Hunt, a 6-2, 210-pounder who is attracting Division I college attention. “When coach (Matt Ortega) got here, he said it would take four years to turn the program around and he did it. I didn’t really understand the process.”
But Coatesville from the Ches-Mont League executed the plan and made it work with talented players like Hunt, senior wide receiver Chris Jones, senior back Dre Boggs, senior Vinnie Williams and junior running back Daquan Worley.
The Red Raiders were forced to punt just one time when their starting players were in the contest.
“We don’t want to get too big-headed,” said Hunt, who gave his offensive linemen a lot of praise for the protection they provide him with to put up gaudy, efficient numbers in the passing department.
“We have an explosive offense,” said Hunt. “It’s fun. We get the ball and we feel we can score on anybody. We make plays.”
Coatesville defeated Spring-Ford in the first round a year ago, 60-28, and came within a point of replicating the feat in 2012 with a district championship also on the line.
“We started to run the spread offense the third game against Central Dauphin East,” said Hunt, who also plays basketball and baseball. “We felt we had too much speed to run power.”
Hunt said he continues to try to excel with hard work at practice and on every play in games.
“I try to focus on my mechanics every play,” said Hunt. “I give all the credit to my line. I get my picture in the paper, but it all comes down to the line.”
Williams is a 5-10, 175-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back.
“We just take what the other team gives us on defense,” said Williams. “They try to contain us, but they can’t stop us. We try to score every time we touch the ball.
“We practice every day on our fundamentals and we have to keep getting better. If we keep getting better, we can win a state championship. But we can’t get complacent.”