FOOTBALL: Dukes get a long-awaited W


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@aimmediamidwest.com



Wellington’s Mason McClellan uses a stiff arm to get past New London’s Jaden Keys.

Wellington’s Mason McClellan uses a stiff arm to get past New London’s Jaden Keys.


Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Dukes quarterback Ben Higgins throws the ball downfield.


Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Parker Adler leads Wellington teammates through the banner before the start of the game.


Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Summer Hamilton performs during halftime.


Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Cheerleaders pose for a shot before kickoff.


Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Members of the Wellington police department are honored before the game.


Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Wellington firefighters are cheered by the crowd.


Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

A 34-22 Dukes win over New London Friday night was the team’s first victory in nearly two years and amounted to a cheerful home opener on Dickson Street.

Wellington (1-2) finished 0-10 last season and had last won Oct. 21, 2016.

Thoughts of a difficult 2017 were wiped away by quarterback Ben Higgins’ pair of scoring tosses and 168 passing yards, most of which went in the direction of receiver Jayden Skinner. The sophomore’s 146 yards on six catches, including two touchdowns, was one of this week’s best area performances.

Junior running back Mason McClellan added 125 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

The Dukes opened scoring in the first quarter when Higgins connected with Nick Laposky on a 13-yard touchdown pass, which was followed by a three-yard run for six by Kaleb Taylor in the second quarter. McClellan’s rushing score made it 20-8 Wellington going into halftime.

Skinner’s touchdowns both came in the third quarter: a 49-yard halfback pass from Parker Adler and a 31-yard strike from Higgins.

New London (0-3) scored a pair of late touchdowns after the game was in Wellington’s hands.

Next up for the Dukes is a road trip to Clearview before two home games against Lutheran West and Buckeye.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

Wellington’s Mason McClellan uses a stiff arm to get past New London’s Jaden Keys.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/09/web1_WellingtonFootballVsNewLondon-12.jpgWellington’s Mason McClellan uses a stiff arm to get past New London’s Jaden Keys.

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Dukes quarterback Ben Higgins throws the ball downfield.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/09/web1_WellingtonFootballVsNewLondon-9.jpgDukes quarterback Ben Higgins throws the ball downfield.

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Parker Adler leads Wellington teammates through the banner before the start of the game.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/09/web1_WellingtonFootballVsNewLondon-5.jpgParker Adler leads Wellington teammates through the banner before the start of the game.

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Summer Hamilton performs during halftime.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/09/web1_WellingtonFootballVsNewLondon-11.jpgSummer Hamilton performs during halftime.

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Cheerleaders pose for a shot before kickoff.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/09/web1_WellingtonFootballVsNewLondon-1.jpgCheerleaders pose for a shot before kickoff.

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Members of the Wellington police department are honored before the game.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/09/web1_WellingtonFootballVsNewLondon-2.jpgMembers of the Wellington police department are honored before the game.

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

Wellington firefighters are cheered by the crowd.
https://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/09/web1_WellingtonFootballVsNewLondon-4.jpgWellington firefighters are cheered by the crowd.

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise

By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@aimmediamidwest.com