A new season of high school football in Pennsylvania kicks off tonight, and Coatesville’s senior quarterback, the Villanova-bound Ricky Ortega, is set to rewrite the record books, writes Phil Anastasia for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ortega, the son of Red Raiders coach Matt Ortega, may find his name atop several lists by season’s end.
He already has 7,768 career passing yards and 102 career touchdowns. He’s already set a record for southeastern Pennsylvania in the latter category. Beginning tonight, at home against powerhouse Harrisburg, he will start adding to those numbers.
Ortega could also become the first Philadelphia-area quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in each of his four seasons. He needs 784 yards to set the southeastern Pennsylvania record for career passing yards.
Furthermore, he needs 36 touchdown passes to break the state record of 137.
Ortega, however, is more focused on winning a state championship than breaking records.
“This is my senior year, my last year, my last shot to get our team and our city a state championship,” he said.
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