District football preview (quarterfinal round) with predictions

Class 6A Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 9, 7 pm
(10) Downingtown East (9-2) at (2) Coatesville (11-0)
Previous matchup: Coatesville 42, D-East 7 (Oct. 26)
How Coatesville got here: The defending District 1-6A champion Red Raiders continued their dominating run with a 48-10 romp over (15) Central Bucks East as quarterback Ricky Ortega threw for two TDs and ran for another and Dapree Bryant caught a 47-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 79 yards to the house. Coatesville stormed out to a 42-3 hafltime lead and never looked back for its fifth straight district triumph.
How Downingtown East got here: The Cougars piled up 349 rushing yards in a 39-12 rout of (7) Spring-Ford. Zach Hamilton rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns and the Ches-Mont’s leading rusher Garvey Jonassaint added 124 yards and a TD as D-East used four first-half turnovers by the Rams to race out to an insurmountable 25-0 lead.
Coatesville players to watch
QB Ricky Ortega, 1841 yards passing, 31 TDs, 651 yards rushing, 10 TDs
RB Aaron Young 1077 yards, 20 TDs rushing
WR Dapree Bryant 43 catches, 843 yards, 19.6, 13 TDs
WR Dymere Miller 21-420, 20.0, 9 TDs
Downingtown East players to watch
RB Garvey Jonassaint 1394 yards, 16 TDs rushing
RB Zach Hamilton 967 yards, 17 TDs rushing
QB Luke Davis
Winner gets: (11) Quakertown at (3) Garnet Valley clash in district semifinals next Friday
Prediction: Coatesville coach Matt Ortega will earn his 100th career win at Coatesville as the Red Raiders roll 56-14
(5) Harry S. Truman (10-1) at (4) Downingtown West (10-1)
How Truman got here: Truman knocked off (12) Council Rock South 27-12 behind a strong second half that produced 13 unanswered points and a dynamic ground attack led by Enzo Poulson, who rushed for 223 yards on 32 carries
How D-West got here: Tyriq Lewis rushed for 147 yards on 23 carries with a pair of TDs in a 42-20 win over (13) Upper Darby. Quarterback Ryan Wetzel, who has played well in the absence of injured QB Will Howard, threw for 166 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 52 yards in the win. WR Dan Byrnes caught 5 passes for 108 yards and a TD in the win.
Truman players to watch
RB Terrence Rodgers (121 carries, 1032 yards, 8.5 avg. 13 TDs)
RB Enzo Poulson (114-670, 5.9, 10 TDs)
QB Dylan Snelling (406 yards passing, 6 TDs, 6 interceptions)
D-West players to watch
QB Ryan Wetzel (23-38, 395, 2 TD, 1 INT)
RB Tyriq Lewis (156-1014, 6.5, 21 TDs rushing)
RB Tyler Alston (93-398, 4.3, 4 TDs rushing)
WR Dan Byrnes (35-664, 19.0, 8 TDs)
Winner gets: The winner of the (1) North Penn/(8) Neshaminy clash in the district semifinals next Friday
Prediction: Truman’s blinding speed will be too much for the Whippets, 34-26
Class 5A Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 9, 7 pm
(11) Unionville (5-6) at (3) Radnor (9-2)
How Unionville got here: The defending District 1-5A champion Indians held (6) Springfield (Delco) to 94 yards of total offense in a 9-0 win. Connor Schilling had 102 yards and one TD rushing for Unionville.
How Radnor got here: The Raiders earned the first district playoff win in program history by topping (14) Marple Newtown 27-25, scoring on the final play of regulation when Sean Mullarkey tossed a TD pass to Jahmir Rider to secure the victory.
Unionville players to watch
QB Nick Schnaars
RB Connor Schilling
The winner gets: (7) Cheltenham at (2) Upper Dublin survivor in district semifinals next Friday
Prediction: Unionville 14, Radnor 13
Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 pm
(5) Rustin (9-2) vs. (4) Academy Park at Strath Haven’s George L. King Field
How Rustin got here: The Golden Knights, who handed top-seeded Penn Wood its only loss of the season (43-28 on Sept. 21) won their fifth straight with a 28-0 victory over Oxford as Collin Hurley rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown and also had a pass interception
How Academy Park got here: The Knights edged (13) Strath Haven 20-19 behind quarterback Skylor Fillis, who rushed for 219 yards and a two TDs
Rustin players to watch
RB Michael Covert (119-896, 14 TDs rushing)
RB Nick Madonna (85-743, 10 TDs)
QB Will Pileggi (46-95-8, 733, 6 TDs)
Academy Park players to watch
QB Skylor Fillis (80-147-9, 1122, 13 TDs passing; 144-1022, 7.1, 16 TDs rushing)
RB Zion Bradley (95-573, 6.0, 6 TDs)
WR Barry Brown (30-388, 12.9, 3 TDs
WR Alphonso Hayes (20-332, 30.2, 4 TDs)
Winner gets: (9) Interboro at (1) Penn Wood in district semifinals next Friday
Prediction: Rustin 24, Academy Park 20
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