Coatesville’s Ferguson sparks Valor Bowl win for Team Allison – PA Prep Live

DOWNINGTOWN >> With a playoff baseball game looming the next day, Spencer Ferguson couldn’t resist donning her Coatesville football helmet one last time.

At the Believe and Achieve Valor Bowl at Kottmeyer Stadium on Thursday night, Ferguson made his decision count.

The senior Red Raider rushed for two touchdowns and was named James G. “Chunky” Klunk’s Most Valuable Player, helping Team Allison to a 21-13 win over Team Carroll.

“I’m enjoying my last two plays of football and I’m excited for (Friday),” Ferguson said. “Get the win and face tomorrow with that same attitude.”

Team Allison’s Spencer Ferguson was named the game’s MVP with two touchdown runs. (Nate Heckenberger – For MediaNews Group)

The sixth-seeded Red Raiders face Central Bucks West in the District 1-6A quarterfinals on Friday, but Ferguson, who split time in the Coatesville backfield during the season, scored the first and final TDs of the Team Allison game.

“It’s always fun to score touchdowns,” Ferguson said. “I was feeling good and it was one last trip with the boys.”

Team Carroll’s Peter Costigan scrambles for a touchdown in the first quarter. (Nate Heckenberger – For MediaNews Group)

Team Carroll got on the board first as Conestoga’s Peter Costigan ran in from seven yards. In the third quarter, Costigan found teammate Jeremy Friend for a 23-yard score, but the attempt was blocked, keeping Team Allison up, 14-13.

“It was amazing,” Costigan said. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was great to be able to help the community and yes, it was amazing.”

Jeremy Friend of Team Carroll catches a touchdown pass from Peter Costigan. (Nate Heckenberger – For MediaNews Group)

While the game is the showcase event, the cause behind it is a fundraiser through the Believe and Achieve Foundation, which focuses on helping youth in the community, especially the most vulnerable.

Prior to the game, Valor Bowl players are introduced to athletes with special needs, many of whom had met the night before at the Valor Bowl rally.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Team Allison and Avon Grove coach Joe Coffey. “I said from the beginning that it is much bigger than just a game and I think they took it very seriously. We saw it at the pep rally and we had a great performance and they had a lot of fun and it’s for a great cause.”

Team Allison’s John Mulville scores. (Nate Heckenberger – For MediaNews Group)

Downingtown West’s John Mulville also scored a touchdown for Team Allison in the first half.

The offensive MVP for Team Allison was Downingtown West offensive lineman AJ Saggese, and the defensive MVP was Landen Turk.

For the Carroll team, the offensive MVP was Costigan and the defensive MVP was Cam Paquette.

Jimmy Martaurano of Conestoga received the Sam Morgan Coaches Award. Coatesville’s Jacob Chmielecki received the Kyle Renehan Coaches Award.

Allison and Avon Grove team coach Joe Coffey presents the Valor Bowl trophy to his team. (Nate Heckenberger – For MediaNews Group)

Team Allison 21, Team Carroll 14

First quarter

TC – Costigan Run 7 (Turner kick)

TA- Ferguson 10 run (Barker kick)

Second bedroom

TA- Mulville Run 2 (Barker kick)

fourth trimester

TC – Costigan’s Friend 23 Pass (Kick Blocked)

TA – Ferguson Run 8 (Barker kick)