PITTSBURGH – Farrell faced its toughest test of the season on Saturday, holding off an upstart Westinghouse squad of the Pittsburgh City League in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs, 24-7 at Cupples Stadium.
Kylon Wilson was a huge reason why the Steelers were able to advance despite being held nearly 32 points below their season average in points.
Wilson scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter to put the Steelers (10-0) up 6-0.
The Bulldogs defense stood tall the rest of the half, however, as Farrell didn’t score again in the opening 32 minutes.
Westinghouse looked as if they may tie or take the lead in the closing moments of the first half, as they drove from 98 yards down to the Farrell 1-yard line, but the Steelers were able to stop them on a fourth-and-goal as time ran out in the first half.
Despite that, Westinghouse came back out and seized the momentum to start the second half on a 21-yard touchdown run from Keyshawn Morsillo, handing Farrell its first deficit of the season at 7-6.
Farrell (10-0) answered right back, as Holden connected with Wilson on a 28-yard touchdown pass to re-take the lead and Anthony Stallworth scored on a 3-yard run to make it 18-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Stallworth finished with 117 yards on the ground.
Wilson put the finishing touches on his brilliant performance with a 33-yard touchdown run from Wilson just over a minute later after the Steelers forced a turnover to make the score 24-7.
The Steelers have made it look easy most of the season, but when their backs were against the wall, they responded in a big way.
With the win, Farrell advances to play District 9 champion Karns City in the PIAA quarterfinals next week at a site and time to be determined.