MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. The Westlake High School football team hosts Nanuet at 3 p.m. Saturday in a crucial game with major post-season implications.
The Wildcats and the Golden Knights both have 2-2 records and sit in the middle of the Class B standings with the other 2-2 teams, Briarcliff and Ardsley. The winner of the Nanuet-Westlake matchup puts itself in a good position in the standings with regard to the playoffs, while the loser could struggle to reach the playoffs.
Westlake has plenty to feel good about as the Wildcats are coming off a 43-0 rout at Kennedy Catholic last week. The running game, as usual, was successful, but the Wildcats defense helped dominate the Gaels.
Westlake recorded its first shutout of the season and held Kennedy to just 184 yards of offense, including just 29 passing yards.
Senior Dan Bassi rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns against Kennedy as he added to his impressive totals this season.
Nanuet, on the other hand, is coming off a 7-6 loss at Pleasantville. Nanuet has struggled to score points this season as the Golden Knights have averaged just 11.5 points per game thus far. Westlake, on the other hand, has averaged 28.75 points per game, though that number includes a loss to Byram Hills in which Westlake scored zero points.
Westlake likely will stick to the ground game, as it has done all season, behind the strength of Tommy Hopkins and the Wildcats offensive line. If Westlake wants to make a run into the playoffs, it will have to start against Nanuet.
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