The Crusaders got to taste the other end of an xx - 00 score this week, falling to the Andale Indians 28-00 at Sellers Park Friday evening. It was Youth Night, the stands were full of the Crusader faithful, and for the most part, the rains had ended. The field was quite saturated though and by games end, looked much like the tee area at a golf course driving range on 1/2 price day.
Wellington opened with flair, some starburst action resulted in a 46 yd kickoff return by Grey Hatfield. The battle was on but Wellington's biggest opponent this night, would turn out to be themselves. Opportunities arose but procedure calls, off-sides, and other detriments, eroded those opportunities into just "what could have been" memories, as the Indians slowly inched away. Don't let the score mislead you totally though. We played well enough at times to make you think we could come back. The defense was strong and kept Andale out of the end-zone the entire 2nd half. The offense did struggle and QB Ledbetter spent time scrambling. He took and endured hits throughout the game. Passing, Michael went 4/16 for 52 yds. and 1 interception. The Crusaders were penalized 8 times, twice as many times as the opponent. This is one more game of "experience" though, for the young linemen and they will grow from it.
If you look around a few of the rough edges, you can see a team that has potential to accomplish good things this season. Friday, we provided too many free opportunities to the other side. If we can make them earn it instead, we're good enough to win it - and we will.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
AHS - 14 14 00 00 - 28
WHS - 00 00 00 00 - 00
TOTAL OFFENSE WHS
Rushing 37 yds. / Passing 52 yds. (89 yds)
Grey Hatfield 16/41 yds (2.6 avg)
Michael Ledbetter 11/-4 (-0.4 avg)
Silas Popplewell 2/28 yds
DeAndre Washington 2/24 yds
Trayson Probst 9/318 yds
(35.3 avg.) (2 inside 20 yd line)
Jack Nuss 3/37 yds (12.3 avg)
Grey Hatfield 2/47 yds (23.5 avg)
Jack Nuss 1/44 yds (44.0 avg)
RJ Clift 1/31 yds (31.0 avg)
Zane Cornejo 1/10 yds (10.0 avg)
The VARSITY CRUSADERS are 1-1 on the season
NEXT GAME ACTION
FRESHMEN/SOPHS @ Andale Monday 6PM
VARSITY @ Clearwater 091418 7PM