Red-hot Coatesville travels to Lansdale to face undefeated and number one seed, North Penn in Friday night’s District One 6A bracket playoff game.
“North Penn is very good. This is not your typical North Penn offense,” Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega said. “They still have some size up front and they have good backs, but their quarterback (Reece Udinski) is the real thing. He is tall, stands up well in the pocket, and he has a lot of receivers who can catch the ball, not just (Ricky) Johns. He’s not real fast, but he can run it a little.
“Defensively, they do what North Penn usually does, and that is play tough, hard defense,” Ortega said. “And playing at North Penn makes our kids have a chance to make history because they are very tough to beat there. We are playing well right now and we are looking forward to the challenge. They look for matchups to beat you and they have a lot of guys that can make plays. Those kids have been in big games before, so playoff games are no surprise to them. It is a great program.”
Udinski, who has thrown for 3,060 yards and 36 touchdowns, has a slew of receivers who can go up and get the football. Johns is the prime target. The West Virginia recruit hauled in 35 passes in 10 regular season games, along with seven touchdowns.
Coatesville will be led by the defensive play of Isaiah Hall, Ed Clark and Alex Raimondo. The Red Raiders are on a 10-game winning streak, and have averaged just over 40 points per game during that span.
North Penn plays very good defense, but the Coatesville spread offense could end up giving the Knights fits. Udinski and North Penn will put up points, but the Red Raiders put up a little more.
THE PICK >> Coatesville 31, North Penn 28