This article can be found published in the Oct. 25, 2014, edition of the Daily Local News.
WEST GOSHEN — Matt Ortega’s smile could be seen across the football field as players from the Coatesville football team lifted their head coach on their shoulders to celebrate winning the National Division title after a 34-14 victory over West Chester East Friday night.
“It feels great,” Ortega said. “It took a while (after) coming in second four years in a row, but we finally got it.”
Coatesville (9-0) was able to iron out the win on the backs of junior quarterback Jordan Young and senior receiver and running back Jalen Hudson, who both combined for all five touchdowns.
Hudson, who finished the night 20-for-113 yards and two touchdowns, was a workhorse in the second half, piling up 96 yards in 15 carries.
Young, on the other hand, was deadly in the air and on the ground as he held onto the ball five times for 66 yards and two touchdowns and went 14-for-22 in the air for 211 yards and another touchdown.
“We focus on both (running and passing),” Young said. “If you don’t have a run game, you’re not going to be able to win. If you don’t have a pass game, you’re not going to win. Either way, you need both to win.”
And Coatesville used both against West Chester East (3-6), though it took until the second quarter for the Red Raiders to begin tacking on the points.
“They’re a good football team (and) better than what their record is, trust me,” Ortega said. “It took us some time to get a feel for what they were doing. Once we knew, we were able to make plays and … we opened it up quick. We did what we needed to do in the first half.”
And Coatesville did just that as the Red Raiders forced a turnover and put 20 points up on the scoreboard in the second quarter, including a 57-yard bomb from Young to senior Amir Ealey.
Having a plethora of targets on the field makes plays like that easy for Young.
“It just makes me feel more confident,” Young said. “Last year, everybody was young so everybody didn’t know what to do and didn’t feel as confident. Now, everybody’s back and all know what to do.”
West Chester East was able to break the shutout in the third quarter after a five-yard pass from junior quarterback Jon Jon Roberts to senior receiver Kevin Hower to make it 27-7.
East tacked on one more touchdown with 26.4 seconds left in the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Coatesville’s lethal offense.
Now, the Red Raiders will look ahead to the final game of the regular season in a grudge match against Downingtown West, who beat them last year to win the Ches-Mont title.
“Right now it feels good (to win the division), but it’s not going to register to me until we beat D-West next week and get revenge,” Young said. “We’re going to take it one game at a time and hopefully beat D-West and finish the regular season as undefeated Ches-Mont Champs.”