The winning streak continues as the Wellington Dukes varsity football team defeated the Brooklyn Hurricanes Friday night and improved its record to 3-2.
Held scoreless in the first half, the Dukes staged a huge comeback in the second to win 26-10.
Special teams broke the ice in the third quarter when Brooklyn’s punter dropped the ball in the end zone where it was recovered by Wellington junior Nate Nocella, tying it up at 7-7.
The Hurricanes kicked a field goal at the end of the third quarter, regaining the lead 10-7.
About half way through the fourth quarter, the Dukes offense scored its first and only touchdown of the night. Senior Ethan Thomas ran it six yards for six points.
Brooklyn’s John Kenderes managed to block the extra point, keeping the Dukes lead at 13-10.
With about two minutes left on the clock, Wellington’s Devin Adler intercepted the ball and ran it 18 yards for a touchdown, making the score 19-10.
The Dukes’ second pick came roughly 30 seconds later when Trevor Porter pulled down a Brooklyn pass and hoofed it 52 yard to the end zone.
Head coach Sean Arno said his team prepared for Brooklyn’s screen plays all week.
Wellington’s Max Carevic also had a huge game punting. He was able to keep the ‘Canes deep in their own territory.
The Dukes take on Buckeye this Friday in Medina. Arno said his team is going to have to start strong against its rival.
“If we’re not ready to play at the beginning of the game I can’t give them any magic speeches, that’s for sure,” he said, noting Buckeye is ranked among the top football teams in the state.
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Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise
The Wellington Dukes defense sets up against the Brooklyn Hurricanes Friday night.