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Wellington’s Mason McClellan eludes Normandy’s Corey Penney on a pass play.

Wellington’s Mason McClellan eludes Normandy’s Corey Penney on a pass play.


Cameron Brinker provides cover, helping Mason McClellan pick up yards against Normandy.


The Dukes’ Parker Adler heads down the sideline for a big gain.


Wellington color guard member Summer Hamilton performs during halftime.


Wellington cheerleaders Anna Esterly and Lauren McClure pause for a smile before the start of the game.


The Dukes struck first but the Normandy Invaders struck hardest Friday night, defeating Wellington 48-14 to open the 2018 season.

Quarterback Ben Higgins connected with Parker Adler on an eight-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give Wellington a 6-0 lead.

However, an ensuing 65-yard scoring run and two-point conversion by Normandy quarterback Matt Ashe gave his team an 8-6 advantage they’d never relinquish.

After a Wellington three-and-out, Ashe connected on an 89-yard touchdown pass and another two-point conversion for a 16-6 lead going into halftime. That lead was pushed to 30-6 by the end of the third quarter thanks to another Ashe pass for six and a score on the ground.

Higgins notched his second touchdown pass of the game in the fourth quarter, connecting with Mason McClellan to make it 36-14. Two more touchdowns by Ashe, one passing and one rushing, rounded out scoring.

Despite the loss, Higgins finished 14-of-26 through the air for 172 yards and the two scores. McClellan carried the ball 23 times for 57 yards and added three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Adler caught two passes for 51 yards and a score.

Next up for the Dukes is a road trip to Mapleton before a Sept. 7 home opener against New London.

Wellington’s Mason McClellan eludes Normandy’s Corey Penney on a pass play.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/08/web1_WellingtonFootballAtNormandy-1.jpgWellington’s Mason McClellan eludes Normandy’s Corey Penney on a pass play.

Cameron Brinker provides cover, helping Mason McClellan pick up yards against Normandy.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/08/web1_WellingtonFootballAtNormandy-11.jpgCameron Brinker provides cover, helping Mason McClellan pick up yards against Normandy.

The Dukes’ Parker Adler heads down the sideline for a big gain.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/08/web1_WellingtonFootballAtNormandy-7.jpgThe Dukes’ Parker Adler heads down the sideline for a big gain.

Wellington color guard member Summer Hamilton performs during halftime.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/08/web1_WellingtonFootballAtNormandy-9.jpgWellington color guard member Summer Hamilton performs during halftime.

Wellington cheerleaders Anna Esterly and Lauren McClure pause for a smile before the start of the game.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/08/web1_WellingtonFootballAtNormandy-4.jpgWellington cheerleaders Anna Esterly and Lauren McClure pause for a smile before the start of the game.

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