Gorman: A final game for the ‘House
Westinghouse practiced under the lights at Willie Stargell Field in Homewood, preparing for its first football game in 28 days.
Yes, you read that right.
The Bulldogs (1-6), who play at Chestnut Ridge (8-2) on Friday in a PIAA Class AA sub-regional, saw their regular season end Oct. 10 with a midfield melee with Perry.
The City League canceled the finales for both, and the ‘House suspended three starters for the remainder of the season.
“It was a mess,” Westinghouse coach Monte Robinson said. “It was definitely not a proud moment for us. It was an embarrassing moment for our team and our staff. Those things happen, but by no means do we condone that type of behavior.”
Nor should anyone, especially given that Perry punished its team by withdrawing from the City League playoffs.
But The ‘House plays by different rules, so to speak.
It is by far the smallest school in the City, with 184 boys in grades 9-11, and must play against Class AAA and Quad-A opponents.
That’s why Westinghouse wants to join the WPIAL, which needs one more football team to even out its membership.
“It’s a game changer for us,” said Robinson, a 1995 alum. “We need for something like that to happen. To play against teams our size, to play in the WPIAL and have a chance to play at Heinz Field would be great for a program with our history.”
That’s the catch.
The Bulldogs have a storied tradition, with 35 City League titles but also bring baggage like the Perry brawl for a reputation as undisciplined.
The good sign is that 24 players continued to practice for a month for the final game, which is a chance for Westinghouse to show that it has learned a lesson.