by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County sports season officially begins Monday and that includes the Wellington Crusader football team. Here are 20 things you need to know about the 2014 Crusaders…
1. It starts today… The Wellington Crusaders, who have spent the summer in camps and PSQs, will “officially” start their season Monday. WHS head football coach Tyler Ryan is embarking on his third year at the helm and expects to have about 70 boys out there for the first day.
2. What to expect when you are expecting to play football… Well, typically, it will be no different than any other football player who has strapped on a Crusader uniform. Practice is 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday for the first week leading to the first inner squad scrimmage on Saturday. The weather? Sumner County has had a pleasant cool summer, but today temperatures are expected to rise to triple digits and stay that way all week.
3. The best time to preview the team … Traditionally, there are two dates the public can get a quick preview – outside looking from the road from afar on any practice night. Some have found the Saturday morning inner-squad scrimmage from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the high school practice field facility to be a more telling sign of what the Crusaders might have in the season ahead even though they have had just two days of pads.
The Crusader hamburger scrimmage is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Sellers Park. But for pure football is concerned, it tends to be more of an exhibition. Coaches tend to hold things back in case some Augusta or Andale coach might be in the stands looking to pick up a few pointers.