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Westinghouse Roughs Up Central Clarion in State Playoffs, 44-8



The Westinghouse Bulldogs continued their state playoff run by dismantling the Central Clarion Wildcats 44-8.

Playing in freezing temperatures with ten mile an hour winds, the Bulldogs leveraged their grinding ground game and teeth-jarring defense into an easy victory.

Central Clarion’s first offensive play was a dropped snap for a loss of five—a sign of things to come for the Wildcats, who opened the game with three three-and-outs that combined for -17 yards.

Westinghouse’s opening drive went deep into Wildcats’ territory after a 33 yard carry by senior running back Khalil Taylor, but the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs. 

Westinghouse took an 8-0 lead late in the first quarter on a three yard touchdown carry by Shaun Robinson. Quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo found Davon Jones on the two-point try. 

Morsillo made a phenomenal play on the next drive. Off-balance and under heavy pressure on third down, he managed to launch a 39 yard pass to Taymir O’Neal to extend the drive, which ended with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Jones.

Central Clarion failed to convert on fourth-and-one twice in the second quarter. The first play, a dropped snap at their own 29, could have been costly if not for an interception by junior Tommy Smith. 

The second resulted in a violent stuff by O’Neal on a run up the middle, and a 20-0 halftime lead for Westinghouse. Jones made it to the 3 on a 38 yard catch-and-run, and Taylor finished the drive for six. 

Westinghouse increased their lead to 28-0 to open the second half via a one yard touchdown run and subsequent two-point tote by Morsillo.

Three-star Roderick Jeter scored on a 21 yard carry, and another Morsillo keeper made it 36-0. 

The Wildcats broke through on a 15 yard touchdown catch by Smith with 5:21 to go.

Westinghouse put the game on ice with a final touchdown and two-point conversion with 12 seconds to go.

Central Clarion’s season ends with a 10-2 record. 

Westinghouse (12-0) will host the D-10 winner at Cupples Stadium—either Farrell or Sharpsville—at 1pm on Saturday, November 26.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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