The Dukes were unable to notch their first win Friday and the conference-leading Buckeye Bucks stayed undefeated with Wellington falling 50-0 in the road match-up.
Buckeye (6-0) attacked Wellington (0-6) early on the ground with two rushing touchdowns by junior tailback Dominic Monaco and through the air courtesy of a 34-yard strike for pay dirt from Adam Fauver to tight end Logan Shultz.
Mason Wright and Jayden Skinner split time at quarterback for Wellington, with Skinner completing eight of 12 passes for 94 yards, but a strong Buckeye defensive front kept both signal callers on their toes throughout and held the Dukes to 99 total offensive yards.
Mason McClellan hauled in three passes, covering 24 yards, followed by Wright’s two catches for 45 yards.
Senior Dukes linebacker Brandon Sorg said despite a difficult season to this point, he and teammates are looking for ways to pick each other up and improve.
“We want to stay positive and keep moving forward,” he said. “We don’t want to let the last game affect our practices. We have to be moving on in practice if we want to come out here the next week and get a win.”
Thirty seconds into the second quarter, a five-yard touchdown run by Austin Bir put the Bucks in front 27-0. Just over four minutes later on the game clock, senior Justin Canedy broke tackles and ran 31 yards for another score.
Wellington forced a turnover on downs with 3:28 remaining in the first half, but a punt was run back 49 yards by Buckeye’s Jonathon Neel for the half’s final score.
“We play hard and we play physical,” Sorg said. “We bust our tails at practice and do as much as we can. More people need to show up at practice. Everybody isn’t giving it 100 percent at practice 100 percent of the time. We need to build chemistry and keep going.”
A safety and Dukes fumble deep in their own territory ran back for a touchdown rounded out scoring.
The Dukes will welcome the 6-0 Firelands Falcons to Dickson Street for homecoming this Friday.
Coach Roy Moore said with another game against a strong Patriot Athletic Conference opponent looming, Wellington has to find a way to front a well-rounded effort and stick together.
“Defensively, we didn’t play with the intensity that we had last week,” he said. “Buckeye pretty much did whatever they wanted to do and that’s unfortunate. This next game is going to be a tough one too. If we want to win this year, there has to be 48 minutes of intensity on both sides of the ball. Right now, we seem to pick one side or the other.”
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