Lights illuminated the Wellington football field Friday for the first night of the varsity season as the Dukes faced off against Chippewa High School.
Fans flocked to the stands well before kickoff but the bleachers were only about half full throughout the night. As luck would have it, the home opener fell during one of the busiest nights of the Lorain County Fair.
Kryss Myers has two step-sons on the football team and has been attending games of years. He said there were quite a few more people at the home opener last year, but he doesn’t think it’s all due to the fair.
Myers pointed out that school hasn’t started yet either, which may have contributed to the decrease in attendance. But with his two boys in the game, he said he wouldn’t be anywhere else.
Cheryl Lee, another long-time Dukes fan and parent of a player, also noticed the number of empty seats but said she didn’t think twice about going to the fair. She wanted to be in the stands supporting the team.
Myers said the boys have been working hard all summer and deserve to win.
“I hope they can do maybe .500 this year, but we’ll see,” he said. “Win or lose, we have some of the best kids out here.”
Lee said as long as the varsity boys learn from the last game to excel in the next, they’re winners.
Just a few plays into the game, Lee said she could already see an improvement from last year.
“They seem more as one and like they’re working well together,” she said.
The Dukes will take the field again on Friday, Sept. 4 at home against Columbia.
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Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Sophomore Haley Campbell cheers on the Dukes.