The Dukes (1-3) experienced a setback Friday night, losing 49-0 to the Clearview Clippers (3-1) in Patriot Athletic Conference play.
Visibility was hampered by fog soon after kickoff and got worse as the game progressed. Wellington was held to just four first downs and 11 yards of offense when accounting for negative plays.
Meanwhile, the Clippers racked up 350 yards, including 240 on the ground. Clearview running back Drew Engle’s 95 yards and three touchdowns set the pace for both teams.
Wellington was looking at a 16-0 deficit by the end of the first quarter thanks to rushing scores by Engle and David Renftle. A 68-yard punt return and two more Engle runs for paydirt made it 37-0 by halftime.
Lutheran West (3-1) will make its way to Wellington this Friday as the Dukes try to bounce back before welcoming conference powerhouse Buckeye the following week.
Head coach Rob Howells said he’s happy with progress being made by his team even in the face of a difficult evening.
“The next big step for us is to just believe,” he said. “We need to stay the course and trust the process.
”Clearview is a very talented team that returned a lot of starters from last year’s 9-1 playoff team. It could be another 9-1 season for them this year. All we can do is keep showing up, working hard, and believing in each other. Hopefully, in a couple years we’re on the other side of these scores. No one missed practice on Saturday. Everyone was in the film room and accounted for. That’s huge in taking a next step forward.”
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.