District One well represented for the PSFCA East-West All-Star Game
DOWNINGTOWN – The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East/West All-Star game is slated for May 5th at Kottmeyer Stadium, Downingtown High School and District One has 12 of the 34 players slated to play this Sunday.
This showcase features the top senior football players in Pennsylvania. Leading the charge for the East team is a pair of District One Quarterbacks. Coatesville’s Emmett Hunt led the Red Radiers to the PIAA Class 4A title game last season. Hunt completed 157 of 247 passes for 3,113 yards and 44 touchdowns.
At one point this season you were 2-2. What game turned your season around? “It was the Downingtown East game. We lost on the last play of the game,” said Hunt. “After that game we turned the whole season around.”
What was the thought process for this game? “Win first, have fun second. You don’t have fun when you lose,” said Hunt.
Downingtown East field general Kyle Lauletta is the other quarterback. He completed 146 of 220 passes for 2,161 yards and 26 touchdowns. He rushed for 441 yards and eight scores. “It’s a real honor being selected to the team,” said Lauletta.
As a two-year starter Lauletta has a 19-4 record at East. “It’s cool to play at my stadium one last time, said Lauletta. “After a tough loss it will be cool to get one more win here. I had a lot of great memories here, going undefeated during the regular season was special.”
Chris Jones of Coatesville leads the charge at receiver. Jones caught 71 passes for 1,501 yards and 25 touchdowns. Another big target for Hunt and Lauletta is tight end Justin Schmitt of Downingtown West and Wade Mastrog of Downingtown East.
Just added to the list is Kicker/Punter Nick Caruso of Downingtown West. He replaces Nick Visco of Archbishop Wood.
On the Offensive line is two District One players, Madison O’Connor of Pottsgrove and Khalil Roberts of Wissahickon. O’Connor is a 6-foot-6, 330-pound Offensive Tackle. He was named First team Class 3A All-State team. Roberts was named second team American Conference All-League.
Penn State recruit Curtis Cothran of Council Rock North leads the defense. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end finished the season with 35 total tackles, 25 solo, eight sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was named first team All-Suburban One League – National conference and first team All-State 4A. “It’s nice to get back on the field and hit someone,” said Cothran.
On the other side of the line is 6-foot-5, 230-pound Defensive end Zameer McDowell of Spring Ford. McDowell had 71 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, three blocked field goals and two interceptions.
Another defensive linemen ready to make noise is Ian Nanni of Downingtown West. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound linemen was named All-Ches-Mont league first team.
In the secondary is Yale commit Spencer Rymiszewski of West Chester Henderson. Rymiszewski had 44 total tackles, 24 solo, one tackle for loss. four fumble recoveries and six interceptions. He was named first team All-Ches-Mont League.
The head coach is Mike Matta of Downingotwn East. “Practice is going well. The defense is ahead of the offense right now. But I am happy the way everything is going,” said Matta.
Anyone on defense stand out for you? “Quite a few players have. Todd Jones from St. Joe’s Prep is a heck of a player. Curtis from Council Rock North is doing well. Dakota Everett from Pleasant Valley is making a lot of plays in practice. The secondary looks strong.”
“On offense we like both quarterbacks. They are both talented. We like the the receivers too. Chris Jones from Coatesville is one of the best route runners that I have ever seen and Diante Cherry from McCaskey is very spectacular. He is a fun guy to watch.”
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