Mulvane defeats Wellington 33-7

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington fell back to earth with a 33-7 loss to Mulvane Friday night. The Crusaders are now 1-1 in District 12.

Clearwater beat Winfield 27-13 Friday night in the other district game. Wellington has the possibility of still winning the district or finish in last place. That’s because Wellington could be in a three-way tie whether it wins or loses and then it comes down to points. The top two teams advance to the playoffs.

Perhaps, looking ahead is mandatory because Friday night was a frustrating loss for the Crusaders.

Mulvane’s offense accumulated 564 yards offensively to Wellington’s 237, nearly a two-to-one margin.

It didn’t necessarily show up on the scoreboard. Going into the fourth, Wellington was down 26-7, but had moved the ball into midfield with Mulvane’s Ty Redington, out with an ankle injury.

But Wellington’s offense would sputter significantly in the fourth, only making one first down and that was on a pass interference call on fourth down.

Mulvane, despite having Redington out, was able to slowly get itself out of a hole and eventually score on a 42-yard pass reception to seal the victor.

The Crusaders fell to 2-6, but are back at 0 points in the district. Mulvane is at 2-0 and has a +19. Clearwater is at 0 points and Winfield is at -19. If Wellington beats Winfield, a playoff spot is not assured because Clearwater could beat Mulvane by more points and get in. Subsequently if Wellington loses, it could get in the playoffs because it didn’t lose as much as Clearwater could lose to Mulvane.

We’ll delve more in the playoff possibilities. We promise, as we will promise the regular Sumner Newscow site will get back running normally soon.

Wellington opened the game impressive enough. Defender Loren Farley nearly picked off a pass which could have gone for a pick 6, but he mishandled the ball at the last minute.

Mulvane would drive to the other end but a fumble recovery by Devin McCue at the 1 kept the Cats out of the end zone.

Wellington quarterback Trevor Nance would then throw a long pass to Alex Weiss to get to midfield. That was followed by a Nance pitch out to halfback Nick Becker who would throw the ball back to Nance for a huge gain to the 21.

But the drive stalled and Mulvane took over on downs.

The Cats would drive to the Crusader 1, and would score their first touchdown to start the second quarter.

That started a very shaky 12 minutes in which Mulvane would score twice more and take a 19-0 lead into the half.

Wellington got its lone score to start the third quarter when Nance threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Weiss. Colin Reichenberger then came in and kicked the PAT to make it 19-7.

Mulvane responded with a lengthy drive that led to an Alex Evans 19 yard touchdown. Evans was a one-man wrecking crew accumulating 205 yards for the night.

But the fourth quarter looked promising as Wellington marched to midfield by quarter’s end and Redington was out for the game. But the Crusaders failed to take advantage of the situation.

The Crusaders will host Winfield Thursday night for an opportunity to get to the playoffs.

Mulvane 33 Wellington 7
Wellington 0 0 7 0 7
Mulvane  0 19 7 7 33
M- Mason 1 yard run (PAT kick no good)
M-Dempsey 32 pass from Redington (PAT run no good)
M-Evans 24 pass from Redington (PAT kick good)
W-Weiss 63 pass from Nance (Reichenberger kick good)
M-Evans 19 pass from Redington (PAT kick good)
M-Smith 42 pass from Rieger (PAT kick good)
Rushing: 
Mulvane Att. Yards neg yards Total
Redington 8 44
Mason 24 141
Williams 3 17
Wayman 1 8
Rieger 1 2
3
Total 37 212 212
Wellington
Becker 5 7
Clift 5 5
Stallbaumer 9 47
Nance 5 3
Linnebur 5 13
Macias 2 6
Total 26 67 14 53
Passing: 
Mulvane Att. Comp. Yards TDs Interc./fumb
Redington 25 16 281 4 1
Wayman 5 3 29 0
Rieger 1 1 42 1
Total 30 19 310 5 1
Wellington
Nance 32 7 150 1 0
Becker 2 1 34 0 1
Total 34 8 184 1 1
Receiving:
Mulvane
Evans 13 205
Bell 1 7
Dempsey 4 91
Smith 2 49
Total  19 352
Wellington
Weiss 4 120
Becker 2 12
Clift 1 18 2
Nance 1 34
Total 8 184
Team Wellington Mulvane  
First downs 8 23
Penalties 70 10
Rushing 154 212
Passing 83 310
Total off. 237 522
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