There was a lot on the line Friday evening down at Sellers Park as both the Wellington Crusaders @ 1-1 and the Ulysses Tigers @ 1-1 entering the last week of district play with the hopes of a win and a taste of 2017 post-season play. The last time for the Crusaders was 2010 - they were due and payment was made in the form of an explosive 28-14 victory over Ulysses whose season is now complete.
The Crusaders won the toss and elected to receive to start the game. The air was cool and getting cooler but the winds had died down which made the night considerably more bearable than would have been otherwise. Neither team could find paydirt in quarter one but with 11:07 left in the 2nd quarter, Deyton Araujo broke it loose for a 52 yard TD scamper. With the successful PAT by Gill, the Crusaders are up 7-0. Well, 14 seconds later it was 7-7, the direct result of the kickoff return a good length of the field - the game was on and at 10:53 of quarter two, the score was 7-7. Just before halftime, QB Michael Ledbetter behind a strong line that was providing time, launched a pin-point 17 yarder to DeAndre Washington resulting in a TD and with the subsequent PAT, at half it was Wellington 14 Ulysses 7.
Not unlike the 1st quarter, the 3rd quarter didn't keep the scorekeeper busy but with 8:03 left in the game the Crusaders made it a two TD margin and were up 21-7 after a 12 yd reception by Zander Vargas. At the 3:00 minute mark, Joe Ybarra too converted a 12 yd reception from Ledbetter and the WIN WAS IN! With little time left on the clock, Wellington was up 21 points and post-season play just over the horizon. The Tigers scored quickly but time ran out - after 7 years, the Crusaders will not be checking in their equipment after week #9. Their 28-14 victory over Ulysses took care of that.
On the evening, there were 204 rushing yards accumulated by Wellington, Deyton Araujo carried the pigskins 10 times for 103 yds, including the 52 yd. TD run to put the boys in red on the scoreboard early. Joe Ybarra had 18 carries for 58 yds., Isaac Hilt 7/ 24 yds, Michael Ledbetter 9/10 y ds., Julian Jimenez 2/8 yds and Trayson Probst 1/1 yd.
Passing, Ledbetter threw 23 passes for 216 yds. Julian Jimenez had a pass intercepted. On the receiving end of those passes were DeAndre Washington, 7/117 yds and a TD, Zander Vargas 3/52 yds and a TD, Isaac Hilt 1/33 yds, Joe Ybarra 1/12 yds and a TD and Gage Cunningham 1/2 yds. Trayson Probst punted just once and it was for 23 yds.
It was also SENIOR NIGHT Friday night at Sellers - be sure to check out the nearly 3 dozen pics from that! (Below)
Haven't seen the official Week #10 schedule but it looks like the Crusaders will be taking on Maize South next Friday...more about that when details become available.
OTHER AREA SCORES
Burden Central 60 Oxford 12
Conway Springs 53 Chaparral 19
Norwich 76 South Haven 40
South Central 49 Argonia-Attica 00
Collegiate 42 Trinity 14
Independent 41 Belle Plaine 28
Andale 66 El Dorado 13
Maize South 23 Andover Central 13
Mulvane 42 Winfield 28
WELLINGTON vs ULYSSES GAME ACTION PICS
SENIOR NIGHT PICS FALL 2017