Crusader preview: Wellington opens the playoff by hosting Rose Hill at Sellers Park

Crusader preview: Wellington opens the playoff by hosting Rose Hill at Sellers Park

first_imgWellington 32 Collegiate 0 Oct. 26 Sept. 7 Wellington 47 Clearwater 26 Wellington 22 Winfield 7 Oct. 5 Rose Hill at Wellington, 7 p.m. Wellington 33 Labette County 26 Sept. 14 Wellington 38 Rose Hill 7 Mulvane 14 Wellington 13 Wellington 35 Augusta 14center_img Andale 28 Wellington 0 Sept. 28 Oct. 12 Rose Hill (1-7)Clearwater 22 Rose Hill 18Collegiate 36 Rose Hill 3Andale 62 Rose Hill 0Circle 20 Rose Hill 10Wellington 38 Rose Hill 7Mulvane 48 Rose Hill 18McPherson 57 Rose Hill 7Rose Hill 42 Independence 7.Class 4A Bracket: For the full bracket click here.Ins and outs: Wellington made no movement in the K-Preps Class 4A poll after the 14-13 Mulvane loss. It remains in “others.” Catch it Kansas dropped Wellington out of its top 10 with Mulvane ranked No. 9. The Crusaders are No. 9 in the Varsity Kansas (Wichita Eagle) poll… Ranking student sections must be tied to football team performances. The Crusader student section was dropped out of the Varsity Kansas poll. Catch it Kansas hadn’t released its week #9 rankings as of this writing…… OK, here’s a little history for you. The last time Wellington played an in-season rematch was in 2010 when the Crusaders lost their home owner to Andale 28-0 and then lost to Andale again 40-14 to end the season. Wellington played Andale six times in three years from 2008 to 2010 and went 0-6 against our friends to the north …… For what it’s worth, Varsity Kansas has Wellington advancing to the third round and exiting against Goddard… As mentioned before, as long as Wellington advances, it is guaranteed a place at Sellers Park until, at least, the semifinals. If Wellington gets that far, we can all agree that it really doesn’t matter who and where they are playing. They would be in unchartered waters for these players… Just to put things in perspective, when Wellington last won a state football championship, the boys on this year’s team were a) going through extensive potty training, b) learning to crawl, c) were inside their mother’s tummy, or d) a twinkle in their Daddy’s eyes.Roster:Click on roster for larger version.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Oct. 19 Sept. 21 WHS FOOTBALL (all games at Friday, 7 p.m.) Augusta 31 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The new season begins. Wellington secured a No. 2 seed in the Class 4A West bracket and opens the second stage of its season with a rematch against Rose Hill – this time at home.The Crusaders have not played a home playoff game since 2009 which incidentally was the last time Wellington last won a playoff game.One could say, opportunity presents itself for the 6-2 Dukes perhaps more so than any other point in this decade.Wellington has seen Rose Hill before this season. It defeated the Rockets 38-7. For the pessimistic, there is reason to fret. Wellington was buoyed by atrocious special teams play by Rose Hill, and just scored two touchdowns in the first half, thanks in part to two mishandled punts. The offense didn’t really get rolling until the third quarter when it outscored the Rockets 24-7. It was a solid win, but not necessarily memorable or for that matter solid.For the optimistic, there were a couple of things going against Wellington that week. Grey Hatfield, Wellington’s premiere running back, was out with mono and Silas Popplewell didn’t play the first half.Last week, Rose Hill went into Independence and buried the Bulldogs 42-7. That should make any Crusader fan a little nervous. Football is oftentimes about momentum and the Rockets have as much as they have had all season.Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar doesn’t particularly like playing a team for a second time in one season.“We just need to establish the run, and get our passing game going again,” Aguilar said.Of course, the team is still stinging from that 14-13 loss to Mulvane last week in a “coulda, woulda, shoulda” game if there ever was one.“That might be the best thing that happened to us,” Aguilar said Monday at Crusader Club. “It just depends on how they are going to react after a loss like that.”He said there was much emphasis in working the passing game this week in practice.“We have to do a better job of making big plays,” he said.The season is about to get real.“I think they are ready to play,” Aguilar said. “They know what is in front of them and are ready to hit a wall to get a win.”Wellington-Rose Hill game at a glance:Rose Hill (1-7) at Wellington (6-2), Friday at 7 p.m.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: KLEY radio simulcast on Channel 5 on Sumner Cable. Photos and recaps: wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow.Game night weather: Should be another nice night of football with temperatures hovering in the low 60s and upper 50s.Series history: Wellington leads series 16-41981 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 61982 – Wellington 37 Rose Hill 71987 – Wellington 35 Rose Hill 121988 – Wellington 26 Rose Hill 161994 – Wellington 48 Rose Hill 161995 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 61996 – Wellington 40 Rose Hill 01997 – Wellington 30 Rose Hill 02000 – Wellington 56 Rose Hill 02001 – Wellington 38 Rose Hill 132004 – Wellington 28 Rose Hill 202005 – Wellington 20 Rose Hill 352006 – Wellington 6 Rose Hill 21 bi-district.2008 – Wellington 14 Rose Hill 132009 – Wellington 15 Rose Hill 212014 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 212015 – Wellington 44 Rose Hill 202016 – Wellington 6 Rose Hill 72017 – Wellington 27 Rose Hill 132018 – Wellington 38 Rose Hill 7Game’s significance: The first round of playoffs. Win you move on. Lose you start talking hoops and wrestling mats.Injury situation: Julian Jimenez is likely out for the season with a broken hand. The rest of the team appears to be fine.•••••Competing schedules: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. 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