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Written by: on Saturday, October 9th, 2021

 

Butler – Westinghouse remained undefeated after a thrilling 44-34 victory over Butler Friday night at Art Bernardi Stadium.

“This win is great and feels really good,” said Westinghouse head coach Donta Green. “This was a rough week. We had a tough game on Monday. But this was a good step for our program and an excellent step forward for our guys that got to learn how to prepare for a short week.”

This was the second game Westinghouse played this week after defeating USO 25-19 on Monday at Cupples Stadium.

“It’s hard to prepare for, but the thing is our kids love football,” said Green. “If I told them we have three games in one week, they’d probably be excited about it. That helped, but for me as a coach, I wanted to make sure our guys stayed healthy.” `

The two teams came out on fire offensively, combing for four touchdowns in the first eight minutes. Both teams scored on their first two possessions of the game.

Butler took the football and the lead on Cooper Baxter’s 8-yard run. Westinghouse would answer back on quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo’s 2-yard run.

On the next play from scrimmage, Mac Schnur threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Trettel. The Bulldogs again came right back when they were faced with a fourth-six at the Butler 22-yard line.

Keyshawn Morsillo scrambled out the pocket and was able to find Davon Jones for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

 

Early in the second quarter, Baxter scored his second touchdown of the game from five yards out.

For the third time in the first half, Westinghouse wasted no time responding again as Kai’Ron Collins returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs took their first lead at 22-21 on the two-point conversion pass from Morsillo to Sincere Smith.

Butler had a chance to retake the lead when they recovered a fumble that put them in the red zone.

Westinghouse’s defense stood tall, then blocked a 30-yard field attempt by Max Giannesli.

The blocked kick allowed the Bulldogs to move the ball down the field and score right before halftime.

“They made plays when they needed to. We couldn’t find the right answer tonight,” said Butler head coach Eric Christy. “They returned kickoffs on us, and we were trying to answer in the best way we could. Their athletics took off, and they did a nice job tonight.”

Between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in 27 seconds. Morsillo scored on a 2-yard run with 19 to play in the first half.

Kai’Ron Collins started the second half with a bang returning a squib kick 60 yards for a touchdown.

“Those two returns were huge,” said Green. “I always talk about the importance of special teams. It can change the outcome of games. I’m happy the guys responded the way that they did.”

The Golden Tornado answered back with pair of touchdown tosses from Baxter.

First, Baxter connected with Trettel on a 54-yard touchdown before some trickery led to Butler getting to within three points by the end of the third quarter 37-34.

“We weren’t sure what to expect tonight because we knew both offenses were good,” said Christy. “That was a lot of points on the scoreboard. I thought our defense played well tonight. It was our special teams that were the major problem tonight.”

Schnur threw across to Baxter on a double pass, who found a wide-open Blaze McCandless from ten yards out.

 

Butler used both Schnur and Baxter at quarterback, who combined to throw for 236 yards and three touchdowns.

Schnur was 10-for-20 passing for 151 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while Baxter went 4-for-6 for 85 yards with two touchdowns. Baxter also had a game-high 99 yards rushing on 19 carries.

Ethan Trettel had a big game receiving catching five passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Gaining some breathing room early in the fourth quarter, Morsillo threw a 36-yard screen pass to Malik Harris for a touchdown on a 4th-and-11 that put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 44-34.

“Anytime we’re in a position that we have to make a tough play on offense, we feel comfortable that we can make the play,” said Green. “We know we can put the ball in Malik Harris’s hands, and he’ll make a play. I know (Keyshawn) Morsillo would make a play on that pass to Davon Jones in the first quarter. I’ll trust Keyshawn ten out of ten times to make the play we need.”

From there, Westinghouse’s defense held the fort by stopping Butler’s last attempt on fourth down at their 11-yard line with three minutes left.

The Bulldogs will look to end the regular season unbeaten next week as they take on Perry Traditional Academy.

“Next week, it is business as usual for us,” said Green. “We’re going to the game plan, and the week is going to go the same as if we’re playing Butler again.”

Butler will try and bounce back next Friday night as they travel to Erie to take on Cathedral Prep.

“The greatest thing I saw tonight was that our kids never quit. They played hard all game long,” said Christy. “It’s been a while since we’ve had the mentality that we’re going to win going into games. This hurts tonight, but I’m proud of the team for the way they kept battling.”

Game Highlights:

 

 

Westinghouse 44 Butler 34

Score by Quarters

Westinghouse – 14 16 7 7 – 44
Butler – 14 7 13 0 – 34

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

B – Cooper Baxter 8 yd run, (Max Giannesli pat), 8:52

W – Keyshawn Morsillo 2 yd run, (Mark Butler pat), 6:35

B – Ethan Trettel 65 yd pass from Mac Schnur, (Giannesli pat), 6:18

W – Davon Jones 22 yd pass from Morsillo, (Butler pat), 4:07

Second Quarter

B – Baxter 5 yd run, (Giannesli pat), 8:14

W – Kai’Ron Collins 82 yd kickoff return, (Sincere Smith pass from Morsillo)), 8:01

W – Morsillo 2 yd run, (Collins rush) 0:19

Third Quarter

W – Davon Fennell 60 yd kickoff return, (Butler pat), 11:52

B – Trettel 54 yd pass from Baxter, (pass failed), 10:02

B – Blaze McCandless 10 yd pass from Baxter, (Giannesli pat), 2:46

Fourth Quarter

W – Malik Harris 36 yd pass from Marsillo, (Butler pat), 11:51

Individual Stats

Rushing: Westinghouse – Malik Harris 13-40, Khalil Taylor 2-8, Morsillo 9-57, Collins 2-18, Team 1-0. Totals: 27-123. Butler – Baxter 19-99, Braylon Littlejohn 5-32, Landon Dubyak 5-10, Lance Slater 3-26, Landon Lacey 3-12, Schnur 2-4, David Graef 1-2, Team 1-0. Totals: 39-185.

Receiving: Westinghouse – Tymir O’Neal 2-74, Collins 2-22, Harris 1-36. Butler – Trettel 5-150, Littlejohn 4-58, Slater 1-(-4), David Graef 2-15, Baxter 1-8, McCandless 1-10.

Passing: Westinghouse – Morsillo 5-for-11, 132 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. Butler – Schnur 10-for-20, 151 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, Baxter 4-for-6, 85 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Interceptions: Westinghouse – Musa Bangora, Deshaun Blackwell. Butler – Jonathan Livermore.

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