Steady rain and a 54-14 Dukes defeat Friday at the hands of the Keystone Wildcats amounted to a less-than-ideal homecoming night.
Wellington (1-7) found itself in a 21-0 hole by the end of the first quarter; the trouble started with a fumble on the Dukes’ first offensive play.
Quarterback Ben Higgins led two long touchdown drives in the second quarter, connecting with Nick Laposky on scoring passes of eight and six yards.
However, Keystone (4-4) matched both Wellington touchdowns and took a 34-14 lead into the half. Three more rushing TDs by the Wildcats rounded out scoring in the second half.
Mason McClellan racked up 86 yards on 20 carries while Higgins finished with 68 yards passing for the Dukes.
Wellington will host the 1-7 Brookside Cardinals on Friday before finishing up the regular season on the road against the 4-4 Black River Pirates.
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