What looked like early on to be an ensuing battle, turned out to be something else as the game progressed between the 1-0 Wellington Crusaders and 1-0 Mulvane Wildcats in district play Friday evening at Sellers Park. Mulvane found paydirt first but Wellington answered, knotting the score after a 3 yd. TD reception from Ledbetter to Jimenez and a successful PAT by Karsten Gill. This would be Wellington's one and only score after a myriad of untimely penalties and big plays at the right time by the visiting team from Mulvane.
The defense shined at times but were unable to keep the Wildcats out of the endzone and by early in the 4th qtr the Mulvane lead was too much to overcome and the offense just couldn't sustain any drives. The Crusaders would fall 35-7 and now they find themselves in a must win situation for next Friday when 1-1 Ulysses (who beat Winfield Friday evening 29-14 @ Ulysses) will come a visiting here for the last regular season game of the year. Next Friday will also be SENIOR NIGHT at Sellers Park.
Junior Joe Ybarra led Wellington rushers Friday, carrying the ball 23 times for 68 yds. Deyton Araujo had 3 carries for 16 yds, Isaac Hilt 1 carry for 3 yds, QB Michael Ledbetter 8 carries for 1 yd and Trayson Probst 2 carries for -1 yd. Total rushing yards for the Crusaders, just 87. In passing, Junior QB Ledbetter completed 6/14 passes for 32 yds...on the receiving ends were Zander Vargas, 2/20 yds, Trayson Probst 1/9 yds, DeAndre Washington 1/4 yds, Julian Jimenez 1/3 yds (TD) and Joe Ybarra 1/ -4 yds.
Probst was called upon to punt "4" times for 112 yds total. (28 yd avg). The Crusaders mustered 9 first downs to Mulvane's 16. Total Offense for Wellington just 119 yds (87 rushing, 32 receiving).
At halftime, a new DUCHESS from WHS was crowned - congratulations to Senior Lexi Saffell (escorted by Senior Hayden Baker) - Lexi was crowned DUCHESS by Senior QB Cade Phelps as her court looked on. Other candidates included Mekenna Adams, Abby Lowe, Jenna Rausch and Jill Wiley. Other escorts included Jaden Adams, A.J. Snipes, Ian King and Austin Sears. The children and children escorts were Charley Wilmoth and Reed Wellington, escorted by Seniors Arlis Troutman and Gracie Fink. Congratulations to the new reigning DUCHESS, Lexi Saffell!!!
OTHER AREA SCORES
Andover Central 41 Augusta 8
Buhler 48 El Dorado 6
Belle Plaine 52 Bluestem 16
Garden Plain 14 Chaparral 12
Andale 70 Circle 7
Trinity 45 Clearwater 32
Maize South 48 Rose Hill 14
Caldwell 69 Sout Haven 6
Ulysses 29 Winfield 14