Coatesville High School Football Player on Cusp on Breaking 47-Year-Old Record

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Image of Coatesville's Dapree Bryant via Charles Fox, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dapree Bryant, a wide receiver on the Coatesville High School football team, tied the Southeastern Pennsylvania record for career touchdown receptions during a win last week over Unionville, writes Phil Anastasia for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bryant’s 43rd touchdown reception tied the record set by Upper Merion’s Bobby Thomas in 1972. Thomas played at the University of Nebraska.

“It means a lot,” said Bryant. “But I don’t care about records. I care about helping the team win.”

That fact was obvious throughout the game, as Bryant’s touchdown catch was far from his only highlight. The Villanova-bound athlete dominated with three touchdowns: the record-tying reception, a punt return, and an interception return in the waning moments of the game.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Bryant added strong defense, hard running, and a 52-yard punt in the third quarter that impacted field position.

“He just makes plays,” said Coatesville coach Matt Ortega. “We faced some adversity, and he stepped up and made plays when we needed him to. That’s what a great player is going to do.”

Read more about Dapree Bryant in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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