SOMERS, N.Y. The Kennedy Catholic High School football team will try to win its first game of the season when it hosts Westlake High School on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Kennedy is 0-3 under new head coach Severino Sangro and has given up 74 points in its three games. The Gaels have not fared much better on offense as they have only scored 24 points in three games and were shut out by Ardsley High School in the season opener.
The Gaels are also catching Westlake off a frustrating loss to Byram Hills High School, who shut out the Wildcats, 10-0, in week three to drop Westlake to 1-2 on the season.
The running game has been Westlakes bread and butter this season but the Bobcats never let the Wildcats get going last week. The Byram Hills defense swarmed all over Westlake and forced a couple of turnovers.
Skylar Simon recorded two sacks against Westlake, while Connor Morley hauled in an interception and Paul Schuman recovered a fumble.
Westlake also had a poor day on defense as it surrendered 153 rushing yards to Byram Hills senior running back Brandon Rosen, including a 55-yard score in the first quarter.
But the Wildcats get a break against winless Kennedy. Westlake faced Byram Hills, a Class A opponent, and held its own and will now face the Gaels, a Class C opponent.
The corps of Westlake running backs led by senior Dan Bassi will likely be the point of focus for the Wildcats on Saturday. Head coach Rich Hennessy said earlier in the season that the offensive line and tailbacks were points of strength for the team and that he would emphasize the ground game.
Kennedy has struggled to stop its opponent from scoring points in two of its three games this season and the same could be true on Saturday.
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