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.