Dakota Conwell is coming off a 42-0 win in his team's opening round win of the playoffs. Conwell's Panthers have pitched a shutout in six of its ten games this season. After winning the first playoff game, Conwell went to check out his future team. Unfortunately, Pitt didn't come out with the same outcome, losing to Cincinnati on Saturday night.
Still, Conwell found some good in it. He's been getting a chance to meet his future teammates that will be coming in with him in this class.
"I saw a lot of the committed guys there," Conwell said. "We were all just talking about how we're excited to play for Pitt, and everybody was talking about their high school season. We were talking about getting into the playoofs, and which teams we're facing."
"Most of the guys in state and in the WPIAL I've known for awhile. There were a couple of guys from out of state like Chad Voytik and his dad with him. I met them and talked about how their season was."
Conwell adds that Pitt's loss didn't put a downer on the evening.
"I talked to a couple players after the game, and obviously they're upset about the loss," Conwell said. "I thought they still looked good. They were close to pulling it out."
Up next for Conwell, in his team's postseason run, is a matchup with undefeated McDowell, led by four-star running back Greg Garmon. Conwell and Garmon were 7-on-7 teammates in the offseason. The Panthers' lone loss this season was to top-seed North Allegheny.
"I think we're definitely ready," Conwell said. "Week Three (against North Allegheny), we might not have been. It was a tough game, but we've grown a lot since then."