Football: PJP quarterback David Cotellese Offensive Player of the Week

By DAVE KURTZ

pac-10sports.com

UPPER PROVIDENCE – David Cotellese has that magic touch – the kind that leaves coaches running to the film room to see if what they'd just witnessed reallly happened.

Perkiomen Valley coach Scott Reed had to be rewinding the tape over and over after Cotellese unfurled some of his wizardry last Friday night, throwing for 303 yards and five touchdowns to help Pope John Paul come from behind to top Reed's Vikings, 33-27, in double-overtime.

The left-handed ace brought the Golden Panthers back from a two-score deficit in the final 7 minutes, then put the finishing strokes on his masterpiece with two 10-yard touchdown passes to Jamel Stinson in overtime to extend PJP’s PAC-10 winning streak to three.

“What more can I say about David,” said PJP coach Mike Santillo of his senior quarterback, pac-10sports.com’s Offensive Player of the Week. “He’s a creative kid, the heart-and-soul of our team right now.”

The good mojo coming from PJP these days is a product of all the good chemistry Cotellese has established with his deep stable of sure-handed receivers. Jared Siejk (23 catches, 461 yards, 6 TDs), Jacob Gribb (26-433, 5), Stinson (24-251) and Tim Tadros (12-172, 2) have all been adept at finding open seams in coverage schemes.

Cotellese has done the rest, buying time in the pocket, avoiding the sack and delivering perfect strikes to the guys at the other end. The senior quarterback has spread the ball all over the field – as proven by his two scoring passes to John Cherneskie (4 yards) and Matt Bildstein (27 yards) late in the fourth quarter to save the day.

“David keeps things alive,” said Santillo. “He’s a gunslinger and he’s living for the day, just playing. He has trust that if he throws the football to any of his receivers, they’re going to catch it.”

Cotellese leads the PAC-10 in passing yards (1,443), touchdown passes (18), completions (101) and attempts (179) against just five picks, compiling a lofty 104.6 (NFL formula) quarterback rating.

“The guys run their patterns and they know he’ll get them the ball,” Santillo said. “He’s unselfish with the football, and that’s one of the main reasons why we’re starting to have some success.”