PITTSBURGH — They say the house always wins, and the Westinghouse Bulldogs did little to dispel that notion Saturday, securing their third City League Championship in five years with a 40-8 win over the Taylor Allderdice Dragons.
Westinghouse’s defense refused to give an inch, while quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo’s two-way ability allowed him to gash the Dragons.
Both teams traded three-and-outs to begin. Westinghouse struck first on a 33 yard touchdown from Morsillo to WR Sincere Smith. After an excessive celebration penalty backed the Bulldogs up 15 yards on the point after try, Morsillo managed to scramble into the end zone for an 8-0 lead.
Allderdice picked up 51 yards on the next drive via a fake punt by senior receiver Eugene Hall, who ran the ball to the 3.
A defensive holding penalty gave the Dragons a second chance after three unsuccessful plays, and QB Jaerone Parker found Hall in the end zone from four yards out.
Parker called RB Terrell James’ number on the two-point try, and the Dragons knotted it 8-8.
Morsillo gave Westinghouse the lead back with a two-yard dive into the end zone, but the Dragons stopped the ensuing two-point rush to hold the deficit to 14-8.
Allderdice went three-and-out, and Westinghouse barely missed a pair of walk-in touchdowns on deep shots before the half.
Westinghouse opened the second half with a methodical drive that killed 5:43 of clock. The Bulldogs stuck to the ground game, and made it 20-8 on a 23-yard touchdown run by RB Kahlil Taylor.
Taylor extended the lead to 27-8 on the following drive with another touchdown, this one from 48 yards out.
Westinghouse recovered a botched snap by the Dragons, and Morsillo found Smith for a 35-yard touchdown on the next play. Allderdice DB Jaiyson Lewis picked off Morsillo’s two-point pass to keep it 33-8.
Bulldogs LB Roderick Jeter, who has offers from Akron and SFU, got in on the fun too, making it 40-8 with a 12 yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth.
Bulldogs cornerbacks Deshaun Blackwell and Kyshawn Robinson recorded fourth-quarter interceptions to help seal the victory.
Looking to the PIAA playoffs, Westinghouse (9-0) will host either Chestnut Ridge or Bedford next weekend. Allderdice (4-6) is scheduled to play State College in a sub-regional game. Elsewhere in the City League, USO (3-5) will host the Class-4A D10 champion at 1 p.m. on Nov. 12.