The best two teams in the Concorde District will clash helmets in a highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday—this time, with the AAA Northern Regional title on the line.
The Westfield Bulldogs (12-0) will host the No. 3-ranked, 11-1 Centreville Wildcats, to determine who will advance to states as the regional champ. It's a rivalry that has only heated up after the last time the two met up, during the regular season.
On Oct. 28, Bulldog place kicker Matt Delaney drilled a 19-yarder to beat Centreville in overtime, 13-10. But this weekend Head Coach Chris Haddock and the Wildcats will have their shot at redemption and a banner. It will not come easily, as Westfield coach Kyle Simmons and the Bulldogs are on a mission to keep their undefeated season alive and claim both the regional and state championships.
Running back Manny Smith leads his Wildcats with 1,583 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns this season and will no doubt be the go-to guy on Saturday afternoon. Smith has rushed for at least 100-yards in 11 of Centreville’s 12 games. Westfield will also look to its feature back in Kendell Anderson to move the chains and gash Centreville with his trademark big-play touchdowns. Anderson has run for 383 yards and five TDs in the first two playoff games this month and has tallied 1,665 yards on the year, with 27 TDs. The star tailback has scored in every game in 2011 with the exception of the Centreville game. Smith was held scoreless as well, as each team’s defense dominated the line of scrimmage.
Matt Pisarcik and Mitch Ferrick mirror one another at quarterback. Haddock said Ferrick manages the game very well for Centreville while keeping his players focused on each play. Pisarcik also controls the tempo with precision passing and rarely misses his target receiver. Ferrick has a 63-percent completion percentage with 18 touchdowns and just three picks in 2011. Meanwhile, Pisarcik has completed 61 percent of his passes, thrown 18 touchdowns to his Bulldog receivers and has only three interceptions as well.
Haddock believes his ninth-ranked defense has been overshadowed by the attention his offense receives. He said the defense has given Ferrick, Smith and the bevy of talented players on Centreville many opportunities to score. And score they have. The Wildcats’ offense puts up 36-points per game and ranks second in the state. But it will face the No. 2-ranked defense in Westfield, which has allowed just 9.5 points a game.
Simmons’ Bulldog offense is in the neighborhood with Centreville, averaging 37-points per game. Much of that production is attributed to Westfield wide receiver Quentin Basil who has stood out this year with 41 receptions for 827 yards and 11 TDs. Centreville wide-out Chase Walter has also been clutch every week with 574 yards on 38 catches and 11 TDs.
One would be hard-pressed to invent two teams that play more alike than these. This weekend’s matchup may boil down to special teams once again.
Westfield hosts Centreville at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. The gates open at noon.