Bedford shuts out Westinghouse to advance
SOMERSET — Bedford racked up 373 yards of total offense and pitched a shutout over Westinghouse of the Pittsburgh City League to capture the District 5-8-9 Class 3A subregional championship at Somerset Area High School.
The Bisons used explosive plays along with some long scoring drives to dispatch the Bulldogs. Sophomore quarterback Mercury Swaim rushed for three touchdowns while also passing for another score to improve the Bisons record to 10-2.
Play of the game: Bedford struck first with a touchdown run by Swaim, but the Bulldogs answered later in the quarter with an impressive drive, and had the ball deep in Bisons territory. As Westinghouse looked to tie the game, Bulldogs sophomore tailback Malik Harris coughed up a fumble. It was a big momentum killer for the City League representative.
Player of the game: Swaim was brilliant in this one, executing the Bedford triple-option offense with perfection. He rushed for 33 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns. He was also 6-of-10 passing for 136 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
Unsung hero: While he did not score a touchdown, Steven Ressler’s hands were all over this win for the Bisons. The junior athlete carried the ball 10 times for 74 yards. He caught three passes for 73 yards, and also hauled down an interception on defense. Of Ressler’s 13 offensive touches, five went for more than 10 yards.
Most vital statistic: 15 penalties for Westinghouse. The Bulldogs constantly shot themselves in the foot throughout the game with a high number of penaties, but many coming at inopportune times.
Bedford coach Kevin Steele: “I’m proud of the kids. They worked super hard. We have great kids that work really hard and I’m just proud of them and I’m happy to see them find some success. Westinghouse has a heck of a team, I mean they really do have some athletes and for us to shut them out. I’m really proud of the kids, I thought we made some big plays both running the ball and throwing the ball and were able to secure a district championship.”
Westinghouse coach Donta Green: Declined to comment
Running back Ressler: “It feels great. I just want to keep playing football, playoffs are the best time of year. I’m just ready for next week now.”
Notable: Westinghouse had an apparent touchdown called back with an inadvertent whistle in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs followed that play up with a pair of penalties and faced a first and 41 at one point.
Records: Bedford (10-2), Westinghouse (8-4)
Next week: Bedford will take on the winner of tonight’s District 6 Class 3A final between Westmont Hilltop and Bald Eagle Area.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Westinghouse 0 0 0 0 — 0
Bedford 7 13 6 0 — 26
B–Swaim 4 run (Martz kick), 1:48.
B–Washington 28 pass from Swaim (Martz kick), 1:30.
B–Swaim 1 run (kick failed), 0:25.
B–Swaim 7 run (run failed), 6:01.
TEAM STATISTICS W B
First downs 13 21
Total yards 309 373
Rushes-yards 32-216 56-237
Yards passing 93 136
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 5-13-2 6-10-0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 3-1
Penalties-yards 15-132 1-10
RUSHING–Westinghouse, Massey 14-124, Harris 7-45, Lanier 8-35, Jones 2-11, Hamilton 1-1. Bedford, Cook 19-81, Ressler 10-74, Swaim 16-33, Washington 9-30, Becker 1-13, Price 1-6.
PASSING–Wesinghouse, Lanier 5-13-2-93. Bedford, Swaim 6-10-0-136.
RECEIVING–Westinghouse, Adams 2-51, Jones 2-38, Massey 1-4. Bedford, Ressler 3-73, Washington 2-20, Edwards 1-11.