Coatesville Holds off LaSalle in Classic AAAA Eastern Final
Downingtown- The Coatesville Red Raiders held off a furious last minute LaSalle Explorers rally and Devonte Suber’s interception at the Coatesville 10 yard line helped the Raiders punch their ticket to Hershey 42-35, and their first trip toChocolatetown and the AAAA state title game next week.
The magnitude of this game was apparent when there were over 50 people lined up at the gate at Downingtown’s Kottmeyerstadium more than two hours prior to game time. One half hour prior to the start Coatesville’s side was completely filled and LaSalle’s was already over half filled and building quickly.
The Explorers planned to make a statement immediately and didso on their second possession in two plays with quarterback Chris Kane’s 44 yard completion to Mike Eife, then Jimmy Herron’s seven yard touchdown run which drew first blood. After forcing a season rare Coatesville punt LaSalle appeared on their way to a two score lead when Kane found a wide open Eifeagain deep in Raider territory. As Eife made the catch he was drilled by a Coatesville safety causing him to drop the ball andhelped off the field. Later in that same drive, Sean Coleman hurt his ankle and was also helped off the field not to return.
The game took on an immediate offensive posture when each team began to score touchdowns on consecutive, multiplepossessions. Coatesville has averaged over 50 points a game in the post season and wanted to make an offensive statement. They certainly did by scoring touchdowns on their next three possessions. Their nine play drive tied the game at seven when quarterback Emmitt Hunt connected with Daquan Worley out of the backfield from 11 yards. Hunt’s 3 yard plunge followed by Worley’s 6 yard touchdown had the Explorers on their heels with still plenty of time left in the half.
After a LaSalle touchdown, Hunt made a rare miscue when he was intercepted by Ryan Coonahan on an attempted screen pass.Coonahan took the pick and scored from 28 yards for a touchdown tying the game at 21. The Explorers took away the momentum that Coatesville was beginning to build.
Holding a 28-21 lead at halftime, the Red Raiders started the second half with two, time eclipsing scoring drives. The first went 13 plays, and took six minutes and Hunt had completions of 14, 16, 19 and finally a 30 yard touchdown to Chris Jones.The second went 12 plays and ended with Worley’s five yard jaunt which extended their lead to three touchdowns.
Four minutes into the final quarter Kane connected with Herron on a 46 yard touchdown then forced a couple Raider three and outs then scored again in five plays ending with JordanMeachum’s 3 yard touchdown.
Down by 7, the Explorers stuffed Coatesville on their last possession forcing a punt. Herron fielded the punt inside their 20 and returned it to the Raider 22 yard line. A holding call took the ball back to Coatesville’s 44 and Coordinator Brett Gordon had a little more than two minutes left to tie this game. Kane had two potential touchdown passes dropped from Coatesville’s 19 setting up Suber’s AAAA, eastern title’s game winning interception.
With the rain falling as the game ended, hundreds of Hershey’s kisses were flung on the field by the Coatesville faithful. Both teams fought to the very end and deserved to be in next week’s state title game.
Notes: This game had an incredible 136 total offensive plays.Coleman was 74 yards short of being Philly area’s all time leading receiver prior to his game ending ankle injury. Tyler Burke played an absolute monster game for the Raiders. He provided great pass blocking for Hunt; made a big time 19 yard reception in their first, 3rd quarter drive and unoffially had 15 tackles from his LB spot. The game started with a warning, then a 5 yard penalty on Raider kicker Jon Bollenbach for not raising his hand prior to kicking off. Explorer punter Ryan Winslow had a couple of booming, high 40 plus yard punts.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
LaSalle 7 14 0 14 35
Coatesville 7 21 7 7 42
Scoring By Quarter
LS – Jimmy Herron – 7 run – (PAT – Ryan Winslow) – 8:32
CV – Daquan Worley – 11 pass from Emmitt Hunt – (PAT – Jon Bollenbach) – :24
CV – Hunt – 3 run – (PAT – Bollenbach) – 8:57
CV – Worley – 6 run – (PAT – Bollenbach) – 5:23
LS – Chris Kane – 3 run – (PAT – Winslow) – 2:42
LS – Ryan Coonahan – 28 yard interception return – (PAT – Winslow) – :1:34
CV – Chris Jones – 4 pass from Hunt – (PAT – Bollenbach) – :29
CV – Jones – 30 pass from Hunt – (PAT – Bollenbach) – :6:13
CV – Worley – 5 run – (PAT – Bollenbach) – :10:07
LS – Herron – 46 pass from Kane – (PAT – Winslow) – : 8:06
LS – Jordan Meachum – 3 run – (PAT – Winslow) – : 4:38
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