It's homecoming time in Crusaderville! Scott City (3-2) will be in Wellington (0-5) on Friday night, October 7. There will be festivities throughout the week at the schools and in the community, but more on that in a bit.
The Beavers are riding high on a three-game win streak. After only scoring a combined 27 points in the first two weeks, the SCHS offense has exploded. During that streak, Scott City has averaged 46 points per game.
Senior QB, Bo Hess (6'4'' 165lb) and sophomore running back, Wyatt Hayes (5'11'' 175lb) lead the Beavers' offensive attack. Hess has around 500 yards through the air this season, the same estimation goes for Hayes in the ground game. Hayes is also one of three primary pass-catchers for SC, along with seniors Kevin Aguilera (5'8'' 150lb) and Justin Faurot (5'10'' 150lb).
Just as the Beavers' offense has performed better over the last three weeks, so has their defense. In the first two games, both losses (week one vs. Hays and week two @ Holcomb), SCHS gave up 31 and 32 points respectively. During the three-game win streak, the Beaver D has allowed only seven points in each contest.
Scott City's last game was at home against Ulysses, a 53-7 win. Wellington and Ulysses are district opponents and play each other in the last week of the season (October 28). Depending on how the first two district games unfold, that game could decide one of the two playoff spots for 4A Division 1, District 5. It will be good for Wellington to face a common opponent in Scott City this week.
Wellington is coming off another tough loss, this time at Wichita Collegiate. Coming into that game WHS had given up 232 passing yards through the entire season. The Spartans threw for 357 yards in route to their 52-0 victory. Not only was the amount of yards surrendered by the Iron Dukes a season high in week five with 519, but their offensive total was a season low with 91. One thing is for sure, the Crusaders have their work cut out for them again in week six against Scott City.
Leading up to the game of course is Spirit Week across USD 353. The 2016 homecoming parade will take place downtown on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. A community pep-rally will follow inside of Memorial Auditorium (not in Heritage Park as in year's past). The 2016-17 Duchess will be crowned at halftime of the football game on Friday. On Saturday, the Wellington Fall Festival will take place in Heritage Park beginning at 9 a.m.
The forecast for Friday is calling for partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 68/45 degrees. Game time temps look to be in the low 60's and high 50's. The WHS Student Section has stated that the theme for the homecoming game is, appropriately, a “red out.” There will no doubt be plenty of red worn all across Sellers Park on October 7.