After savoring their season opening win all week against Clearwater, the IRONDUKES had to put those memories aside and take care of business against the visiting (0-1) El Dorado Wildcats at Sellers Park on Friday evening. The task at hand wouldn't seem as easy as Week #1 but it was doable and the IRONDUKES did it.
Mulvane defeated El Dorado week #1 33-00 and the Wildcats wouldn't find the endzone week #2, falling to the Crusaders by the final score of 21-00. This game was far from decided though until late in the 3rd and then not totally assured. A 3rd score in the 4th qtr sealed the deal though and Wellington is off to a 2-0 start.
It was a defensive battle for a good part of the first half, actually almost all of the first half. The Crusaders scored on a 1yd run by Junior Joe Ybarra and successful PAT by Karsten Gill with just .06 secs to go in the half. The Crusaders carried that 7 point lead into the 3rd, scoring again late in that quarter on another Joe Ybarra TD, another 1 yd. run at the 3:35 mark. The final visit to paydirt came at the 8:16 mark of the final quarter, a 66 yd run by, you guessed it, Joe Ybarra. Joe had 3 TD's on the evening, carried the ball 18 times for 152 yds. Grey Hatfield gained 59 yds. on 16 carries, Deyton Araujo 16 yds on 3 carries. Trayson Probst added 8 yds to the rushing totals on 1 carry, Michael Ledbetter, 1 carry for -2 yds. Total Rushing Yards - 248.
Cade Phelps was 8/17 passing for 103 yds. Total Offense 351 yds. On the receiving end of Phelps' throws were DeAndre Washington 4/44 yds, Caleb Reichenberger 1/32 yds, Silas Popplewell 1/7 yds, and Michael Ledbetter 1/7 yds.
For the 2nd week in a row, Wellington's defense had "4" interceptions. Chi Barton had "2", DeAndre Washington and Isaac Hilt accounted for the other "2". In his post-game interview Coach Zane Aguilar gave a lot of credit to the DEFENSE re: the 2nd win. El Dorado moved the ball some but were never able to capitalize. Wellington had 110 yds in penalties, El Dorado 60 yds. as the YELLOW FLAGS flew 16 times during the game. The Crusaders moved the ball good accumulating 15 first downs on the evening. Karsten Gill was successful on all 3 PAT's and came up about 6 inches shy of nailing a 40 yd FG. On the season, Karsten is 7/8 on PAT's. Trayson Probst punted the ball 4 times for a total of 126 yds. (32 yd avg.)
Next up for the Crusaders will be ROSE HILL on Friday, Sep. 15th at Sellers. The Rockets lead Mulvane at times on Friday but came up just short in the end, losing 38-42. Other area scores of interest were: Andale 39 Labette County 00, Ark City 24 Salina Central 21, Augusta 19 Clearwater 7, Collegiate 35 Hoisington 20, Goddard 50 Derby 20, Winfield 32 Circle 16, Cheney 74 Belle Plaine 28, Conway Springs 60 Independent 00, Caldwell 38, Argonia-Attica 20.
Over 600 pics from the game - check 'em out HERE