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Crusader preview: After humbling week, Wellington now plays at Andale… ugh

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Well, it didn’t go like it was supposed to go when Collegiate came into town and avenged its 2018 loss with a 28-7 victory.

The biggest takeaway Collegiate did to Wellington, what Wellington did to Collegiate the year before: In the first two possessions, it drove the length of the field and scored and established the momentum for the rest of the game.

So now Wellington is looking to rebound against Andale. Oy vey.

Andale has annually delivered Wellington its biggest thumping of the year. Even last season, when Wellington pieced together a wonderful 8-3 season, the Indians were still dominating against the Crusaders, winning 28-0.

Since Wellington’s upset win against Andale in 2010, the Crusaders have been outscored 347-58. In the past four years, Wellington has managed to score just one touchdown against the Indians.

There really isn’t a lot of indication things will be that much different this Friday. Andale was dominating against Mulvane in game one, winning 43-7 in which the Cats didn’t score until late in the fourth quarter.

The Indians do what they do. They line up against you, fire off the ball in three or four seconds, and smack you in the mouth. Ever so often, they even throw the ball with success.

Here’s an interesting stat: Andale has never lost a regular season game since Dylan Schmidt took over the helm in 2017.

Andale returns six starters on offense and seven on defense from a squad that was 11-1 in 2018 and lost to Pratt in the state semifinals.

The Indians return first-team all-state defensive back Scotti Easter, who led the team with 96 tackles. Linebacker Mac Brand is back after first-team all-star recognition and also led the Indians on the offensive side of the ball as a rusher with 796 yards. As is Andale’s tradition, they will use a flock of running backs.

Friday night was a humbling experience for the Crusaders, that was getting much preseason love by the high school football prognosticators. Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar said he didn’t think Wellington would be that good, but he also didn’t think the Crusaders were three-touchdowns worse than Collegiate.

“They just out-physical-ed us, and I have to admit that surprised us a bit,” Aguilar said.

But Aguilar thinks this season is anything but lost.

“We are just a couple of pieces away from completing the puzzle,” Aguilar said. “The biggest thing we need to do is establish running the football, and we didn’t do that last Friday night.”

Wellington-Andale game at a glance:

Wellington (0-1) at Andale (0-1), 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: Will be in the upper 70s at kickoff. Should be a pretty nice night for football.

Series history: Andale leads series 15-7 and owns a seven-game winning streak against the Crusaders.

Andale (7-15)

1981 – Wellington 34 Andale 6

1982 – Wellington 14 Andale 8

2000 – Wellington 21 Andale 0

2001 – Wellington 27 Andale 7

2002 – Wellington 21 Andale 22

2002 – Wellington 19 Andale 14 bi-district

2003 – Wellington 46 Andale 29

2006 – Wellington 0 Andale 48

2007 – Wellington 12 Andale 27

2008 – Wellington 7 Andale 31

2008 – Wellington 17 Andale 33 (2nd round, playoff).

2009 – Wellington 0 Andale 21

2009 – Wellington 17 Andale 33 (2nd round, playoff).

2010 – Wellington 0 Andale 27

2011- Wellington 35 Andale 28

2012 – Wellington 30 Andale 60

2013 – Wellington 0 Andale 65

2014 – Wellington 21 Andale 63

2015 – Wellington 0 Andale 46

2016 – Wellington 7 Andale 47

2017 – Wellington 0 Andale 38

2018 – Wellington 0 Andale 28

Game’s significance: The Crusaders are looking to rebound against Collegiate and get first win of the season.

Injury situation: Outside the loss of Hunter Greenlee, everyone seems healthy.

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Competing schedules:

WHS FOOTBALL (all games at Friday, 7 p.m.)

Augusta 31

Collegiate 28 Wellington 7

Sept. 13

Andale

away

Sept. 20

Clearwater

home

a

Sept. 27

Wellington vs. Augusta

away

Oct. 4

Rose Hill

home

Homecoming

Oct. 11

Labette County

away

Oct. 19

Winfield

home

Senior Night

Oct. 26

Mulvane

away

Nov. 2

Bi-District playoffs, TBA

Andale

Andale 43 Mulvane 7.

Ins and outs: Wellington has not always had a lot of success against Andale in any sport. But the Wellington band is overwhelmingly defeating Andale in the “Battle of the Bands,” a contest sponsored by CatchItKansas.com. Currently, Wellington has a commanding lead, 83 to 17 percent, over Andale. But there is a disclaimer. That has not been updated. So vote early and vote often for the Crusader band. Click here to vote.

…Wellington’s three touchdown loss to Collegiate sunk them in all the state-wide polls. The Crusaders, though, are gracing the top 10 at No. 10 of the latest Catch It Kansas 4A poll…

…You may want to come early to find yourself a parking spot. Andale is currently in constructing itself a new gymnasium and is using most of the parking lot…

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