COATESVILLE 59, SPRING-FORD 28
Coatesville's cast of speedy skill-position players went back to work Friday night.
The explosive Red Raiders scored on seven of their first nine possessions and hammered Spring-Ford, 59-28, at Downingtown West's Kottmeyer Stadium to gain the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championship.
As they were in a semifinal last week versus Neshaminy, quarterback Emmitt Hunt, halfback Daquan Worley, and wideouts Chris Jones and Dre Boggs were terrors.
Hunt threw for 173 yards and four touchdowns; Worley rushed for 175 yards and two scores; Jones had three TD catches; and Boggs posted the first of the squad's nine tallies.
En route to the program's first district title since 1992, Coatesville, guided by fourth-year coach Matt Ortega, racked up 35 first-half points.
Next for the Red Raiders (12-2) is a matchup against the winner of Saturday's state quarterfinal between Parkland (11-2) and La Salle (11-1). The semifinal is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Kottmeyer Stadium.
Spring-Ford, unable to find a way to slow down a spread attack, closed with a 12-3 record. The Rams reached the district final for the first time.
In the first half, Hunt completed 9 of 10 passes for 107 yards and three scores. Overall, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder converted 13 of 17 attempts.
Thanks to a 10-yard grab by Boggs, a 31-yard fumble return by linebacker Devonte Suber, and Hunt's 1-yard sneak, Coatesville was ahead, 21-7, in the first quarter.
Early in the second frame, Jones turned a left-side pass from Hunt into a 22-yard score to make it 28-14.
Spring-Ford responded with a 12-play, 74-yard drive. Hank Coyne's 8-yard throw to wideout Gary Hopkins cut the gap to seven.
Coatesville answered right back. Boggs' 51-yard kickoff return set up Hunt's 14-yard TD pass to Jones.
In the third quarter, Worley's 51-yard jaunt and Jon[CQ] Bollenbach's 27-yard field goal put the Red Raiders comfortably in front, 45-21.
The 59 points scored by Coatesville marked a new stadium record.
Coatesville 21 14 17 7-59
Spring-Ford 7 14 0 7-28
C: Dre Boggs 10 pass from Emmitt Hunt (Jon Bollenbach kick)
C: Devonte Suber 31 fumble return (Bollenbach kick)
SF: Tate Carter 91 kickoff return (David Gulati kick)
C: Hunt 1 run (Bollenbach kick)
SF: Carter 14 pass from Hank Coyne (Gulati kick)
C: Chris Jones 22 pass from Hunt (Bollenbach kick)
SF: Gary Hopkins 8 pass from Coyne (Gulati kick)
C: Jones 14 pass from Hunt (Bollenbach kick)
C: Daquan Worley 51 run (Bollenbach kick)
C: FG Bollenbach 27
C: Worley 11 run (Bollenbach kick)
C: Jones 8 pass from Hunt (Bollenbach)
SF: Yousef Lundi 3 run (Gulati kick)