“He has showed us the right way to be a successful Black man. Really, he’s helping turn us from boys to men.”
Some words carry consequences on the Westinghouse High School football team. Or at least the wrong words.
“There’s no cussing,” said Keyshawn Morsillo, Westinghouse’s star senior quarterback/defensive back. “If someone cusses, they owe 25 push-ups on the spot.”
No cussing is one of the ’House rules and pertains to all players — and coaches. The man who instituted the rule is Donta Green, Westinghouse’s fourth-year coach. The world that is Western Pennsylvania high school football might not be noticing, but Green is making a huge impact at an inner-city Pittsburgh school by what he’s doing on and off the field. And you can swear by that.
Green has brought back glory days to a once-proud Westinghouse football program that has legends Pete Dimperio and George Webb among its coaching alums. And Green has brought attention to the Pittsburgh City League, which is a shell of what it was decades ago, with only five teams now in the league. Westinghouse (8-0) will play for the City League championship Saturday against Allderdice, with Westinghouse hoping for a third City title under Green. But Westinghouse has designs on winning more than the City. The Bulldogs believe they can also make a run at a state championship. Only one City League team has ever won a PIAA title (Perry in 1989).
And get this: Westinghouse became only the second City League team in 70 years to finish a regular season undefeated for the third consecutive year. Westinghouse has proven it is not just a City power this season. Included among the Bulldogs’ wins this season is a victory against Steelton-Highspire, the No. 1 Class 1A team in the state, and a blowout win against Butler, a WPIAL Class 6A school. Westinghouse, by the way, is a Class 2A school.