STAMFORD, Conn. – The Westhill High football team knew it had a tall task on its hands with Greenwich and its second-ranked offense coming to town Saturday. The unbeaten Cardinals rolled all over Westhill with a dominant second half, 63-22.
Greenwich quarterback Liam O’Neil torched the Vikings for five touchdowns and more than 300 yards passing.
“Greenwich played well and we didn’t play well,” Westhill head coach Frank Marcucio said. “We had a few kids out or banged up and we knew it was going to be tough even if we had those guys.”
Greenwich scored on the opening drive of the game, then Westhill slowed the Cardinals down into the second quarter. But the Cardinals were soon off and running with an O’Neil touchdown pass to Joe Kelly. Alex McMurray put Greenwich ahead 21-3 with a 4-yard touchdown run.
But the back-breaker for Greenwich came on the final play of the half. McMurray collected a short shovel pass on a fake field goal, then ripped through six Westhill defenders to the end zone for a gritty 22-yard touchdown as time expired.
Westhill found the end zone on its first drive of the second half on an 18-yard pass to Yveson Cassamajor, cutting Greenwich’s lead to 28-10. But O’Neil could not be stopped, as the Greenwich quarterback connected for a 52-yard touchdown pass on the next Cardinals play.
Davell Cotterell ran in for a 19-yard touchdown late in the third quarter after a pair of Greenwich personal fouls gave Westhill favorable field position.
Despite the loss, Marcucio said that Westhill’s first winning season in nearly 30 years is still in the cards.
“We’re certainly not going to give up on the season,” he said. “We battled and the kids played hard. We still have goals we want to accomplish this season and a winning year is one of them.”
Westhill (4-3) hosts Wilton at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3.