The season is decided Thursday night against Winfield

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tis the season to get out the calculators and crunch numbers. No we aren’t talking about the presidential election or tax season. It’s the annual “how to get your team in the playoffs” time.

Wellington and Winfield are battling on the final game of the season for one of the two district playoff spots. This is huge for the Crusaders who are trying to get back to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Nobody – not Mulvane, not Clearwater, not Wellington, not Winfield – has clinched anything. There is a way for the Crusaders to win and still miss the playoffs. There is a for the Crusaders to lose and still make the playoffs.

It’s a convoluted mess and we’ll explain it the best way we can in the district playoff scenario below.

Basically, Wellington needs to take care of business Thursday night and get a win, and then let the chips fall as they may. In the meantime, get out there on Thursday and give the Crusaders your full support.

Wellington has had an interesting series with Winfield the past couple of years. In 2010, Wellington picked up a huge win in which the Crusaders came into the game 1-6 and pulled off an improbable comeback and interception runback for a touchdown to win by more than than 13 points. It helped them get into the playoffs that year.

Then the Crusaders traveled to Winfield in one of the strangest games ever in which Wellington dominated Winfield statistically and self destructed in the worst way possible with two fumbles that led to lengthy Winfield touchdowns. The Vikings got momentum in the fourth quarter and would go on to win by 19 points.

Winfield is a baffling bunch. The Vikings opened the season going 3-0 and looked great doing it. But then Winfield skidded on a five-game losing streak. The Vikings nearly beat Buhler in that stretch and led Mulvane going into the second half – so it wasn’t all bad.

Then last week it laid an egg against Clearwater. Which Viking team will show up at Sellers Park is a mystery. Let’s hope it’s the second team that isn’t playing very well.

Wellington continues to be a work in progress, but it continues to improve. Again silly mistakes, turnovers, and giving up the big play continued to haunt the Crusaders.

This should be a good one. Hopefully, come Friday, Wellington will be playing an accelerated practice schedule for a first round Tuesday playoff game.

Wellington vs. Winfield, game at a glance: 

Winfield (3-5 overall, 1-1 district) at Wellington (2-6 overall, 1-1 district), Thursday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. It is senior night.

Follow the game: Twitter: Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: Wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow.

Game night weather: The unusual heat spell we have had will be over by game time. Temperatures will hover around 50 degrees and cool off thereafter. But that is the way it is supposed to be during this time of the year.

Series history: Wellington leads series with Winfield: 36-13-5—

1920 — Wellington 30 Winfield 7

1921 — Wellington 0 Winfield 46

1922 — Wellington 0 Winfield 31

1923 — Wellington 0 Winfield 70

1924 — Wellington 20 Winfield 7

1928 — Wellington 64 Winfield 0

1929 — Wellington 12 Winfield 0

1930 — Wellington 3 Winfield 0

1931 — Wellington 0 Winfield 7

1932 — Wellington 6 Winfield 6

1941 — Wellington 18 Winfield 6

1942 — Wellington 0 Winfield 7

1943 — Wellington 58 Winfield 12

1944 — Wellington 34 Winfield 6

1945 — Wellington 34 Winfield 7

1946 — Wellington 44 Winfield 2

1947 — Wellington 7 Winfield 6

1948 — Wellington 7 Winfield 0

1949 — Wellington 7 Winfield 7

1950 — Wellington 65 Winfield 0

1951 — Wellington 31 Winfield 6

1952 — Wellington 39 Winfield 13

1953 — Wellington 26 Winfield 14

1954 — Wellington 32 Winfield 0

1955 — Wellington 34 Winfield 13

1956 — Wellington 37 Winfield 0

1957 — Wellington 13 Winfield 12

1958 — Wellington 13 Winfield 6

1959 — Wellington 13 Winfield 6

1960 — Wellington 25 Winfield 13.

1961 — Wellington 7 Winfield 7

1962 — Wellington 0 Winfield 0

1963 — Wellington 27 Winfield 0

1964 — Wellington 6 Winfield 7

1965 — Wellington 7 Winfield 0

1966 — Wellington 13 Winfield 14

1967 — Wellington 20 Winfield 14

1968 — Wellington 27 Winfield 0

1969 — Wellington 16 Winfield 9

1970 — Wellington 36 Winfield 15

1971 — Wellington 14 Winfield 0

1972 — Wellington 19 Winfield 7

1973 — Wellington 6 Winfield 15

1974 — Wellington 14 Winfield 8

1975 — Wellington 7 Winfield 14

1976 — Wellington 0 Winfield 27

1977 — Wellington 37 Winfield 7

1979 — Wellington 10 Winfield 3

1980 — Wellington 0 Winfield 29

2010 — Wellington 35 Winfield 19

2011 — Wellington 28 Winfield 47

2012 schedule thus far: 

Wellington (2-6) 

Wellington 14 Goddard 34

Wellington 19 Concordia 51

Wellington 6 Augusta 14

Wellington 6 Collegiate 42

Wellington 36 Circle 12

Wellington 30 Andale 60

Wellington 34 Clearwater 21

Wellington 7 Mulvane 33

Winfield (3-5) 

Winfield 43 Marysville 6

Winfield 42 Circle 18

Winfield 35 El Dorado 13

Winfield 12 Rose Hill 28

Winfield 8 McPherson 47

Winfield 14 Buhler 17

Winfield 21 Mulvane 27

Winfield 13 Clearwater 27

What to expect from the opponent: As outlined before Winfield is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kind of team. The Vikings have not been in the playoffs since moving from Class 5A to 4A. Winfield has some big players and an impressive junior class. Consistency is a tough thing for them though.

Last week against Clearwater they had a dual quarterback under center with Will Adler and Sam Camp. Adler was 12-of-17 for 149 yards. Camp was 8 of 9 for 49 yards.

They did precious little on the ground accumulating 85 yards amongst three rushers.

Game’s significance: The playoffs. Everything leads up to this game. We’ve said this for three weeks now, but this is without a doubt the biggest game on the schedule.

District scenario: OK here we go.

District 12 W L Points Status
Mulvane 2 0 19  –
Clearwater 1 1 0  –
Wellington 1 1 0  –
Winfield 0 2 -19  –

Mulvane — will win district 12 with a win. If the Wildcats lose to Clearwater, it would make the playoffs with a Wellington loss. If Mulvane loses and Wellington wins then that will be a three-way tie in which points are factored in. Mulvane would have to lose by 10 or more points and Wellington would have to win by 10 or more points to get eliminated from the playoffs.

Wellington — will make the playoffs as a district runner-up with a win and a Mulvane win. Wellington can win the district if it beats Winfield by 10 points or more and Clearwater beats Mulvane by 10 points or more.  If Wellington does not win by 10 points or more and Clearwater wins, then it will depend on which team wins by more points on Thursday.

If Wellington loses, it can still make the playoffs provided it loses by less than 10 points to Winfield, and Clearwater loses by a larger score to Mulvane than Wellington loses to Winfield. Wellington is out if it loses and Clearwater wins.

Clearwater — has the same scenario as Wellington’s but in reverse order.

Winfield — will only make the playoffs if it beats Wellington by 10 points or more and Clearwater loses by 10 points or more.

If there is a tie with the point tie-breakers, then your guess is as good as ours.

Injury situation: Hard to say with Tyler Clift who suffered another concussion against Mulvane and was taken out early. He is day-by-day. Look for Colin Reichenberger to be back, though.

Tidbits: Wellington is becoming an every other week kind of team if you believe in such things. After beating Circle, it lost to Andale. It beat Clearwater before losing to Mulvane. This should be our week using that theory. Had Wellington played better against Augusta that theory would have really stuck. That would have been two weeks after the Circle win… Wellington’s running game evaporated to 53 yards last week, a season low. Mulvane got 212 yards for nearly a 4 to 1 advantage… Winfield didn’t play Arkansas City this year. Say what? The two football teams could not find a date on the schedule to play one another. Winfield is in Class 4A and Ark City is in 5A. Winfield is in Div. III while Ark City is in Div. II of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trial League. There was no Cowley Cup trophy awarded in 2012. It’s kind of like KU not playing K-State… Wellington and Winfield didn’t play each other for 30 years. Hard to believe since the two towns are about 24 miles apart.

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Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV

League Overall Points
Team Wins Loss Pct. Wins Loss Pct. For Against
Wichita Collegiate 4 0 1.000 7 1 .875 287 153
Andale 4 1 .800 7 1 .875 397 176
Clearwater 2 3 .400 4 4 .500 212 194
Wellington 2 3 .400 2 6 .250 152 267
Augusta 1 3 .250 1 7 .125 113 329
Circle 1 4 .200 1 7 .125 128 340
Number Name Position Grade Height Weight
1 Horn, Andrew RB/DB 11 5’8” 145
2 Nance, Trevor QB/DB 10 6’4” 180
3 Phelps, Connor RB/LB 9 6’0” 170
4 Beard, Lane RB/LB 10 5’5” 140
5 Clift, Tyler RB/DB 12 6’0” 170
6 Troutman, Brenton WR/DB 10 6’0” 160
7 King, Ian WR/DB 10 5’6” 135
8 McCue, Devin WR/DB 12 5’8” 150
9 Macias, Colan WR/DB 12 6’0” 185
10 Reichenberger, Colin RB/DB 10 5’11” 140
11 Bruns, Jace WR/DB 10 6’1” 165
12 Becker, Nick QB/DB 12 6’0” 175
14 Gilmore, Wesley QB/DL 9 5’9” 145
15 Linnebur, Andrew RB/DL 12 5’11” 190
16 Shields, Jared WR/DB 9 5’10” 145
17 Weiss, Alex WR/DB 12 6’2” 180
18 Pfalzgraf, Austin WB/DB 10 5’11” 150
19 Rusk, Caden RB/DB 9 5’8” 120
20 Struble, Skylar TE/LB 9 6’0” 140
21 Pelkey, Andrew WR/LB 10 5’11” 150
22 Farley, Loren TE/LB 12 6’0” 170
23 Haydon, Jason RB/LB 12 5’8” 165
24 Peck, Brian WR/LB 12 6’5” 195
25 Hutchinson, Brenden WR/DB 9 5’8” 137
26 Kimzey, Derek WR/DB 9 5’5” 128
27 Ferguson, Sage WR/DB 9 5’2” 105
30 Bartelson, Cameron WR/DB 9 5’11” 130
31 Gilkey, Remington RB/LB 9 5’8” 125
32 Carroll, Ethan WR/DB 12 6’2” 155
33 Blue, Kevin RB/LB 9 5’9” 140
34 Dunn, Austin RB/LB 10 6’1” 195
37 Hines, Jaden RB/LB 10 5’8” 175
40 Finch, Tonner RB/DL 12 5’8” 175
41 Stallbaumer, Ian RB/LB 12 5’8” 155
43 Beard, Levi RB/LB 10 5’7” 145
44 Hills, Cody TE/LB 12 6’3” 190
45 Olson, Ryan OL/LB 9 5’8” 130
50 Hain, Chance OL/DL 11 5’9” 160
51 Loughmiller, Chris OL/DL 12 6’2” 200
52 DeJarnett, Ben OL/DL 11 5’11” 165
53 Newlin, Quentin OL/DL 10 6’1” 225
54 Lloyd, Austin OL/LB 12 6’0” 220
55 Holt, Dalton OL/DL 11 5’8” 205
56 Clark, Avaunghtai OL/DL 10 6’0”’ 240
58 Dall, Kyle OL/DL 10 5’10” 205
59 Condit, Adam OL/DL 10 6’1” 195
60 Witmer, Wyatt OL/DL 9 5’7” 185
61 Staley, William OL/DL 11 6’0” 200
62 Norris, Michael OL/DL 9 6’0” 175
63 Norris, Mitchell OL/DL 12 5’11” 170
64 Vargas, Alejandro OL/DL 10 6’0” 200
65 Norris, Jason OL/DL 9 6’1” 195
66 Bradbury, Caleb OL/DL 12 6’0” 220
67 Lujan, Migel QL/DL 9 6’0” 220
68 Lowe, Mitchell OL/DL 11 5’8” 220
70 Wolff, Noah OL/DL 12 6’0” 215
71 Brand, Skylar OL/DL 10 5’9” 190
72 Hodson, Tyson OL/DL 11 6’1” 295
73 Lamkin, Taylon OL/DL 11 6’0” 195
74 Ast, Vincent OL/DL 10 6’0” 165
75 Lowe, Jace OL/DL 9 5’8” 205
77 Coulter, Trey OL/DL 10 6’1” 295
78 Fair, Aaron OL/DL 10 6’0” 205
80 Jones, Dylan OL/DL 9 6’0” 160
81 Hyde, Nick OL/DL 9 6’1” 200
82 Hain, Chandler OL/DL 9 5’6” 125
83 DeJarnett, Grayson OL/LB 9 5’6” 120
84 Haydon, Joey TE/LB 10 5’11” 160
86 Oldridge, Bryce WR/DB 9 5’8” 120
87 Perrin, Kyson OL/DL 9 6’0” 170
88 Edwards, Chase OL/DL 9 5’6” 165

Head Coach:  Tyler Ryan

Assistant Coach:  John Gifford – Zane Aguilar – Tim Lira – Rick Phelps – Jessie Dale – T.D. Buck – Tony Ybarra

Managers:  Abbie McComb

Cheerleaders:  Megan Campbell – Sadie Troutman – Addie Wiley – Maddie Popplewell – Katie Ryberg – Lauren Reyes – Jessica Reyes – Kindyl Krueger – Meridith Day – Amy Diver – Jenny Hollman – Alexis Marshall – Morgan Lyles – Kiley Clift – Yell Leader – Jaryn Lloyd

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