Football: District 1 preview capsules with predictions

District 1-6A Semifinals
Friday, Nov. 23
(4) Downingtown West (11-1) vs. (1) North Penn (12-0)
At Wissahickon, 7 pm
How D-West got here: The Whippets edged (5) Truman 24-22 in the district quarterfinals when Dan Byrnes booted a 39-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. Ryan Wetzel threw for 113 yards and a touchdown and running back Tyriq Lewis also found the end zone in the comeback victory. D-West opened the district playoffs with a 42-20 win over (13) Upper Darby.
How North Penn got here: The Knights squeaked by (8) Neshaminy 13-6 in the district quarterfinals as QB Solomon Robinson scored on an 8-yard run before Evan Spann sealed the deal with a 30-yard pick six. North Penn opened postseason play with a 26-16 triumph over (16) Ridley behind RJ MacNamara (2 rushing TDs), Sharmar Edwards (17 carries, 105 yards) and Robinson (2 TD passes including 62-yard throw to Edwards.
D-West players to watch
QB Ryan Wetzel 34-59, 673, 4 TDs passing; 73-317, 4 TDs rushing
RB Tyriq Lewis 126-1122, 6.4, 26 TDs rushing
WR Dan Byrnes 41-844, 20.6, 10 TDs receiving
WR Jackson Luneberg 29-635, 21.9, 4 TDs receiving
North Penn players to watch
QB Solomon Robinson 54-125, 1038, 7 TDs, 9 interceptions passing; 124-480, 3.9, 6 TDs rushing
RB Shamar Edwards 168-1227, 7.3, 10 TDs rushing
RB Julian White 97-624, 6.4, 14 TDs, rushing
WR Jon Haynes 12-307, 25.6, 3 TDs receiving
WR Evan Spann 12-267, 22.3, 2 TDs receiving
CB Jon Haynes 7 interceptions
The winner gets: The (3) Garnet Valley/ (2) Coatesville survivor in the district final Friday, Nov. 24
Prediction: North Penn 21, Downingtown West 17
(3) Garnet Valley (12-0) at (2) Coatesville (12-0)
2017 district final: The Red Raiders topped Garnet Valley 35-28 to earn the gold when Avery Young returned an interception 72 yards to the house in the fourth quarter
How Garnet Valley got here: The Jaguars overcame a sluggish start, allowing (11) Quakertown touchdowns on its first two possessions, to rattle off 35 unanswered points in a 49-14 romp in the district quarterfinals. Danny Bradley accumulated 149 yards and two TDs rushing for Garnet Valley, which runs a triple-veer option. The Jags posted an identical 49-14 triumph over (14) Pennsbury in their postseason opener.
How Coatesville got here: The Red Raiders, who average 46.5 points and 384 total yards of offense, rolled past Ches-Mont League rival (10) Downingtown East 38-19 behind a shutdown defense that stopped a pair of fourth-and-short tries, triggering a run of 31 unanswered points in the second quarter. Ricky Ortega hit Dapree Bryant with touchdown passes of 47 and 49 yards and Aaron Young rushed for 142 yards and another score to pace Coatesville, which opened district play with a 48-10 rout of (15) Central Bucks East. In the win over D-East, Red Raiders coach Matt Ortega recorded his 100th career win and Ricky Ortega, the coach’s son, threw his 100th career touchdown pass.
Garnet Valley players to watch
QB Cole Palls 301 yards, 4 TDs, 1 interception passing; 411 yards, 3 TDs rushing
RB Colin Robinson 139-962, 6.9, 19 TDs rushing
RB Danny Bradley 81-670, 8.3, 8 TDs rushing
RB Dominic Labricciosa 103-631, 6.1, 4 TDs rushing
DE Cade Brennan (Bucknell commit) 7.5 sacks
DL Evan Hrvinak 9 sacks
WR Adam Oldrati 10-314, 31.4, 3 TDs receiving
Coatesville players to watch
QB Ricky Ortega 107-161, 1967 yards, 34 TDs, 3 interceptions passing: 85-715, 8.4, 10 TDs rushing
RB Aaron Young 126-1203, 9.5, 21 TDs rushing
WR Dapree Bryant 46-947, 20.6, 15 TDs receiving; 2 return TDs (punt, kickoff)
WR Dymere Miller 21-420, 20.0, 9 TDs receiving
MLB Nik Thompson 6.5 tackles per game, 14 tackles for loss (TFL), 6 sacks
DL Jon Meeks 3.6 tackles per game, 13 TFL, 5 sacks
DB Shamaur Hall 3 interceptions
The winner gets: (4) Downingtown West/(1) North Penn victor in the district final Friday, Nov. 23
Prediction: Coatesville 35, Garnet Valley 23
District 1-5A Semifinals
Friday, Nov. 16, 7 pm
(11) Unionville (6-6) at (2) Upper Dublin (10-1)
How Unionville got here: The defending district champion Indians, who have not allowed a defensive touchdown in two playoff wins, topped (3) Radnor 28-7 in the quarterfinals as Connor Schilling (30 carries, 174 yards, TD rushing) and QB Nick Schnaars (83 yards, 2 TDs rushing; TD pass) led the way. Coming off a 9-0 shutout of (6) Springfield (Delco) in the district opener, Unionville’s defense limited Radnor to 189 yards in the win.
How Upper Dublin got here: The Flying Cardinals, Suburban One League American Division champions, blanked (7) Cheltenham 27-0 in the district quarterfinals behind the three-headed rushing tandem of QB Mike Slivka and RBs Mason Novak and Lucas Roselli. That dynamic trio combined for 250 rushing yards and two TDs to help take out the Panthers. Upper Dublin, which lost to Penn Charter 42-17 in its lone setback, scored 41 unanswered points out of the gate to oust (15) Phoenixville 41-12 in the opening round, Roselli scoring four touchdowns and Slivka throwing for a pair of scores.
Unionville players to watch
QB Nick Schnaars 126-599, 4.8, 6 TDs rushing
RB Connor Schilling 158-812, 5.1, 9 TDs rushing
Upper Dublin players to watch
QB Mike Slivka 84-135, 1259, 16 TDs, 4 interceptions passing; 68-314, 4.6, 5 TDs rushing
RB Lucas Roselli 95-569, 6.0, 11 TDs rushing
RB Mason Novak 114-508, 4.5, 8 TDs rushing
WR Selvin Haynes 20-294, 14.7, 5 TDs receiving
The winner gets: (4) Rustin/ (1) Penn Wood victor in the district final Friday, Nov. 23
Prediction: Upper Dublin 21, Unionville 6
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