Downingtown West-Coatesville match canceled due to online threats

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Downingtown West’s football game at Coatesville scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. Coatesville athletic director Brian Chenger said the game won’t be made up.

The reason for the postponement was based on threats of online violence that law enforcement believed to be credible.

This morning Coatesville Acting Superintendent Rick Dunlap initially released a statement that the game would be played without fans due to the threats.

Then at 1:15 p.m. this afternoon, Dunlap released a statement postponing the contest.

“Due to additional information provided by local law enforcement authorities, tonight’s football match between Coatesville and Downingtown West will be canceled to ensure everyone’s safety,” the statement read.

The key National Division Ches-Mont League game was already rife with controversy as Coatesville head coach Matt Oretga and two of his assistants weren’t going to be on the sidelines for the game in due to their being placed on administrative leave earlier in the week. The trio was not present at the team’s practices this week.

Both teams could only play nine games, which would not affect their playoff positions, but would impact Chesmont’s National Division standings.

Attempts to reach Downingtown West head coach Mike Milano and Ches-Mont League chairman and West Chester Henderson manager Dr Jason Sherlock have failed at the time of this publication.

The Whippets are 5-1, while the Red Raiders are undefeated at 6-0.

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