SOMERSET — Windber trailed Westinghouse 35-34 with 3:28 left within the District 5-8 Class AA championship on Friday, after Bulldogs junior quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo scored from two yards out and Osavio Martin added the PAT.
On its ensuing drive, Windber marched 45 yards to the Westinghouse 12 yard line. The Ramblers known as a timeout with three seconds left to arrange a possible 30-yard, game-winning discipline objective by Jordan Wright. His try had the space, however sailed broad proper and the Bulldogs held on for a 1-point victory to stun the Ramblers.
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“Our children responded. That is what we do. We drove the size of the sphere and had an opportunity to win it,” stated Windber coach Matt Grohal. “I am so pleased with these guys. They battled.”
Windber (10-1) held a 34-21 lead with 7:53 left within the sport when junior tailback John Shuster scored his third landing of the competition on a 6-yard run. He completed the night time with 117 yards on the bottom.
Nevertheless, Morsillo and the top-seeded Bulldogs wouldn’t again down. He linked on a 45-yard laser to Davon Jones. A facemask penalty on the play towards the Ramblers moved the ball to the Windber 21. Two performs later, Morsillo darted into the tip zone from 20 yards out.
The turning level of the sport got here on Windber’s subsequent possession. The Ramblers began with good discipline place at their very own 45. Shuster rushed for 7 yards on first down. Grohal went to Shuster three extra instances, however the Ramblers couldn’t convert fourth-and-3 from the Westinghouse 48 and turned the ball over on downs with 4:32 left.
“I did not really feel comfy giving them the ball again, realizing we simply weren’t taking part in nearly as good of protection as we would have liked to,” Grohal stated of the choice to go for it on fourth down.
Morsillo discovered Honest Smith for 36 yards on the following play. Malik Harris, who rushed for 162 yards and a TD on the night time, had runs of two and 13 yards to arrange Mosillo’s game-tying landing. Martin, who went 5-for-5 on PATs, was cool, calm and picked up, nailing what proved to be the deciding issue.
“Preserving it collectively, that was the largest factor,” Westinghouse coach Donta Inexperienced stated of Morsillo. “I do not care what he did on the sphere – the passes he threw, the runs he made – it was the psychological half for me, as a result of that is the place we wished to see progress from him. As a junior, second-year starter, we wished to see him mentally keep within the sport the complete sport.”
Westinghouse took a 7-0 result in with 3:54 left within the first quarter, when Morsillo scored for 3 yards out. The drive lined 68 yards on 13 performs.
The No. 2 seeded Ramblers responded with a 7-play, 55-yard drive capped by an Aiden Grey to Keith Charney 8-yard landing cross on a fade route. Wright’s kick was no good and Windber trailed 7-6 after one quarter of play.
Westinghouse went three-and-out on its ensuing possession, which carried over into the second quarter. The Bulldogs lined as much as punt, however a low snap was muffed, forcing Davon Fennell to take off. He got here up in need of the primary down. Windber took over on the Westinghouse 29.
The Ramblers didn’t capitalize on the blunder, turning the ball over on downs with 10:04 left within the half.
Westinghouse picked up two first downs and had the ball on the Ramblers 42, however on fourth-and-4, Windber’s Ethan Brady intercepted a deflected cross to thwart the drive.
Windber took benefit of 5 Westinghouse penalties on the following drive to take its first lead of the sport. Shuster scored from a yard out and Wright tacked on the PAT for a 13-7 lead with 15 seconds left within the half.
The Ramblers padded their lead within the third quarter on a Shuster 1-yard TD plunge on fourth-and-goal. The drive lined 61 yards on 10 performs, 9 of which have been runs. Wright’s PAT gave Windber a 20-7 lead with 7:58 remaining within the third.
It was a prize battle between the 2 combatants.
The Bulldogs (10-1) lower the deficit to 6 with 5:34 left, as Morsillo scored from a yard out and Martin added the purpose after. Runs of 25 and 20 yards by Harris sparked the drive for Westinghouse.
Again got here the Ramblers.
Senior Nick Dom, who had 122 yards on the night time, took the primary offensive play following the Westinghouse landing, 56 yards to paydirt. Wright’s kick was good and Windber led 27-14 with 5:16 to go within the third.
Following a Windber punt late within the third, Morsillo, who threw for 248 yards on the night time, linked with Smith on a 55-yard bomb on a flea-flicker play to provide the Bulldogs momentum heading into the fourth quarter.
“We actually wanted only a fast spark,” Inexperienced stated of the play. “We knew we needed to rating quick, as a result of they’re actually, actually good on offense and protection.”
Regardless of being penalized 18 instances for 149 yards within the contest, Westinghouse discovered a means all night time lengthy to remain within the sport.
“We have been right here earlier than,” Inexperienced stated. “That is what we simply saved saying, ‘We have been right here earlier than. We have got to band collectively.’ And that was the largest factor was the psychological half. We had to verify we stayed collectively and play as a household. We did it.”
Morsillo’s massive play arrange Harris’ 20-yard landing run to open the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs trailed 27-21 with 11:55 left.
It was a see-saw battle all night time lengthy,. Sadly, for the Ramblers, they might not ship the knockout blow to assert a title.
Windber had a particular season incomes a WestPAC title and profitable the Appalachian Bowl. The Ramblers will lose a senior class that helped flip this system round following some down years.
“The seniors, sooner or later it was going to come back to an finish. They grew up at my home,” Grohal stated. “That’s what I’m going to overlook greater than something. These guys have been the center and soul of this program for thus lengthy.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Windber 6 7 14 7 — 34
Westinghouse 7 0 7 21 — 35
WH– Keyshawn Morsillo 3 run (Osavio Martin kick), 3:54.
WB– Keith Charney 8 cross from Aiden Grey (kick failed), :40.
WB– John Shuster 1 run (Jordan Wright kick), :15.
WB– Shuster 1 run (Wright kick), 7:58.
WH– Morsillo 1 run (Martin kick), 5:34.
WB– Nick Dom 56 run (Wright kick), 5:16.
WH– Malik Harris 20 run (Martin kick), 11:55.
WB– Shuster 6 run (Wright kick), 7:53.
WH– Morsillo 20 run (Martin kick), 6:32.
WH– Morsillo 2 run (Martin kick), 3:28.
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