COATESVILLE 46, C.B. SOUTH 13
If you can believe him, Coatesville's Daquan Worley says he pays no attention to the statewide football rankings.
"I don't care about any of that," the senior standout said. "It's about us getting better each week and winning games."
In Friday night's nonleague matchup against Central Bucks South, Worley's focus on the here and now sparked the host Red Raiders, the state's No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAA according to The Inquirer, to a 46-13 romp.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, who has orally committed to Penn State, carried 21 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns.
Much of the pregame talk centered on the rushing talents of Worley and C.B. South's Josh Adams, an electrifying junior tailback and Division I-A prospect. And which player would prosper the most.
"I didn't get involved in that," said Worley, who doubles as a cornerback. "It was just another game to me. You can't worry about that other stuff."
The 6-2, 205-pound Adams finished with a minus-11 yards on 13 attempts. He was stopped behind the line of scrimmage nine times.
"Obviously, their plan was to not let Josh run the football, and they were talented enough to do that," Titans coach Dave Rackovan said.
Coatesville, which last season advanced to the state final before losing to District 7's North Allegheny, improved to 2-0. C.B. South, whose dangerous spread attack was repeatedly stymied, slipped to 1-1.
Quarterback Jordan Young's 11-yard burst and Isaiah Flamer's 17-yard dash, which followed Worley's 38-yard gain, gave the Red Raiders a quick 14-0 advantage.
"The key to the game was that they were able to control the line of scrimmage on both sides," Rackovan said. "They have great athletes. When you put athletes in space, they're going to make big plays."
In the second quarter, Worley's 7-yard run and Young's 20-yard toss to speedy wideout Jimmy Clark made it 27-0. Prior to the break, Worley carried 11 times for 132 yards.
"I think they're better in person than they are on tape," Rackovan said. "Their offensive and defensive lines are very good."
Late in the third quarter, after the Titans struck for a pair of scores, Worley answered with a 48-yard TD gallop. He was watched Friday by Nittany Lions safeties coach Anthony Midget.
Central Bucks South 0 0 13 0-13
Coatesville 14 13 13 6-46
C: Jordan Young 11 run (Joey Sopko kick)
C: Isaiah Flamer 17 run (Sopko kick)
C: Daquan Worley 7 run (run failed)
C: Jimmy Clark pass from Young (Sopko kick)
CBS: Matt Radwanski 10 run (Jon Williams kick)
CBS: Dion Clifton 8 pass from Radwanski (pass failed)
C: Worley 48 run (kick failed)
C: Clark 7 pass from Young (Josiah O'Deens kick)
C: Jalen Hudson 3 run (kick failed)