Coatesville Red Raiders Defeat the Tigers of Harry S. Truman in High School Football Playoff Action
The 4-seeded Red Raiders of Coatesville got the job done as they faced the 13-seeded Harry S. Truman Tigers, winning 51-22 in the District 1 6A football playoffs.
Truman junior Javeer Peterson ran 53 yards on the opening kickoff and gave the Tigers an early scoring advantage. They took advantage of their position on the third play of the drive as senior running back Sayyid Saunders ran 32 yards for a Tigers touchdown, giving them a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter after a missed extra point attempt.
Truman’s offense was strong through the first few minutes of the quarter, but the Red Raiders fought back as Aaron Young drove in a 71-yard touchdown with a few minutes left in the first quarter.
Coatesville quarterback Ricky Ortega had a magnificent night under the lights, despite a safety after intentionally grounding the football in the end zone, resulting in a close 12-8 match.
The Raiders were unstoppable going into the second quarter, as they scored at least three touchdowns by Aaron Young and Mehki Alexander, crushing the Tigers 37-8 going into halftime. Ortega was 7-for-11 passing for 245 yards and Young earned 161 yards on ten carries, totaling 406 yards for the Raiders offense just in the first half.
As the second half started, Truman did not give up. They tried to get through Coatesville’s defense, as two touchdowns were scored by Dylan Snelling and Terrence Rogers, but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers. The Red Raiders continued to dominate the game with more touchdowns by Young and wide receiver Kahtero Summers.
Coatesville will face 5-seed Downingtown East in a District 1 6A showdown which will definitely be a classic match no one should miss.