Crusader Season Ends @ 8-3 after a Game of "2" Halves

Create: 11/10/2018 - 03:58

Senior DeAndre Washington, 1st QTR, 17 yd run for 6!

The remarkable 2018 Crusader Football season ended on Friday night at Sellers Park, the 4th game in a row at Sellers Park, against the Goddard Lions. Final score: Goddard 28 Wellington 14. 

If the cold air got to you and you left at halftime, a different game emerged after the break, diminishing the IRONDUKE 14 pt halftime lead to a 7 pt deficit by 3rd qtr's end. Whatever Goddard was doing wrong during the first 2 qtrs, it was corrected and the Crusaders struggled on both sides of the ball as the temps dipped into the lower 20's and the last 24 minutes of action ticked off the clock. The visitng Lions took control and never looked back. Goddard scored 3 times in the 3rd, to take the lead and sealed the deal in the 4th with another TD & PAT...13 WHS Seniors saw their HS Football careers come to a close. As sophomores, they endured the 0-9, 2016 season. As juniors, they moved forward, finishing 5-5 and returned to post-season play for the first time since 2010. This year, Coach Zane Aguilar's IRONDUKES picked up the gauntlet, ending with an 8-3 record, losing only to Andale, Mulvane and Goddard. 2 of those 3 remain in action as Sub-State approaches this coming weekend. Although all "8" victories were awesome, week #1's win over COLLEGIATE (32-0), signaled to CRUSADER FANS everywhere, Wellington is back on the football map...congratulations to our boys and their coaches for the great ride they provided the fans of 2018. A memorable group, seniors on down, a group that will continue to prepare hard for the 2019 season, just 9 1/2 months away. PROUD TO BE A CRUSADER!



Grey Hatfield 21/72 yds
DeAndre Washington 1/17 yds (TD)
Hunter Greenlee 2/9 yds
Zander Vargas 2/-6 yds
Michael Ledbetter 8/-47 yds

Michael Ledbetter 10/20 for 90 yds (TD)

DeAndre Washington 8/76 yds (10 yd TD REC)
Silas Popplewell 1/8 yds
Zander Vargas 1/4 yds
Hunter Greenlee 1/2 yds

GHS 13 WHS 10

Trayson Probst 7/285 yds (41 yd avg)

Karsten Gill 0/1 PAT
Hunter Greenlee 2 pt conv

RUSHING - 45 yds
PASSING - 90 yds
TOTALS - 135 yds 
(Goddard 298 rushing, 71 passing - 369 yds Total)



McPherson 62 Ark City 28
Phillipsburg 25 Conway Springs 24
Solomon 14 Attica/Argonia 6
Derby 38 Topeka 7

4A SECTIONAL RUNNERS-UP // Congrats CRUSADERS - chins high, you made your mark!!
(32 "4A" Teams / WHS finishes top 8!)


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Steve Sturgis
Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.