PITTSBURGH — The Taylor Allderdice Dragons ended the Westinghouse Bulldogs’ undefeated season with a 14-0 victory in the City League championship at Cupples Stadium on the South Side on Saturday.
Westinghouse won 41-12 in the teams’ first meeting this season, but the Dragons got the last laugh, unseating the two-time defending champions and winning their first City League title since 2018.
Allderdice’s defensive line starred in the first half, led by 6-foot-4, 365 pound senior George Benjamin, playing in his final game at Cupples Stadium. The Bulldogs had nowhere to run as the Dragons blew up play after play, and holding penalties abounded with quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo under heavy pressure.
Westinghouse’s high powered offense, which averaged 38 points per game this season, gave up the first eight points of the game and didn’t make a first down until the first minute of the second quarter.
Morsillo was strip-sacked in the end zone on the Bulldogs third drive of the game, and Dragons defensive lineman Amari Jones fell on the ball for a touchdown. On Westinghouse’s next drive, a bad snap on a punt attempt rolled out of the end zone for a safety.
Kicker Molly Virtue, the best in the City League this season, had both of her extra point attempts in the first half blocked.
On offense, Allderdice kept the Bulldogs on their toes, switching between quarterbacks Jaerone Parker and Robert Brown Jr. frequently.
The Dragons’ other touchdown came just before halftime, with senior receiver Noah Johnston taking a screen pass 25 yards for a score.
Allderdice ran the ball consistently in the second half, bleeding the clock out while simultaneously stifling Westinghouse’s drives.
The Bulldogs got the ball down 14-0 with 2:31 to go, but Johnston picked off a deep pass by Morsillo on first down.
Allderdice gave it right back with a third down fumble, but Johnston picked off another pass to seal the game and the shutout with 54 seconds to go.