Wellington Football Preview: The Crusader program has some continuity, but will it translate to victories?

first_img Outside linebackers: Interior: Horn and Troutman are likely to start against Goddard.“There will be a lot of people being rotated in and out of that spot,” Ryan said. 11Andrew Pelkey215′ 11″160 11Jace Bruns116′ 1″165 10Jared Shields166′ 0″150 2013 AV-CTL DIV opponents: Augusta, Wichita Collegiate, Circle, Andale, Clearwater. 11Jaden Hines375′ 7″185 10Skyler Struble885′ 11″155 9Chevy Nuss225’8120 11Alejandro Vargas645′ 11″180 OFFENSE: Trevor NanceNance returns as an honorable mention all-league quarterback. He started as a sophomore in week #5 against Circle which was Wellington’s first win of the year.“I expect him at the end of the season to be one of our top quarterbacks in the Wichita area,” Ryan said. “He is getting better all the time.”Nance and Ryan attended a quarterback camp in Oklahoma last summer, working on his mechanics.“There are some things that Trevor is going to struggle with,” Ryan said. “But with the camp he attended last summer, he will have something to refer back on.” 10Bryce Oldridge405′ 8″130 10Ethan Tunnell635′ 10″150 Guard: Taylan Lamkin (5-10, 195, sr.) and Skyler Brand (5-11, 210, jr.) will be the starters with Jason Norris (6-1, 260, so.) coming in regularly off the bench. “These guys have been real solid guys in practice,” Ryan said. “I’ve been impressed.” Defensive line: Norris and Lamkin could be starting on both sides.“I think you could pencil one of those two as being our only two-way starter at the moment,” Ryan said. 10Chandler Hain505′ 9″175 10Sage Ferguson35′ 5″125 9Matthew Mason815’7115 Tackle: Tyson Hodson (5-11, 285, sr.) is a returning starter on the left side. Trey Coulter (6-1, 275, jr.) and Nick Hyde, (6-0, 220, so.) will rotate on the right side. 10Josh Amos616′ 1″240 12Chance Hain195′ 10″170 11Joey Haydon235′ 10″165 12Mitchell Lowe685″ 11″245 11Lane Beard45′ 6″145 9Seth Smith485’8160 9Lane Morgan846’0160 10Remington Gilkey315′ 10″140 DEFENSE:Interior defensive line: Dalton Holt (5-8, 225, sr.) and Adam Condit (6-0, 195, jr.) will be manning the interior line. This is the first time Holt has been back since his sophomore year after suffering a back injury his junior year. Ryan’s view of the strength of the team: Depth up front.“We have looked pretty decent in practice,” Ryan said. “I think it will really help that we have potential starters practicing against one another.” Ryan’s view of the weakness of the team: Lack of depth and team speed. Wellington’s offense: Ryan said he will continue to run the flex bone offense as it did in 2012. But could see some variations coming out of the offense.“I still believe in the philosophy of running to set up the pass,” Ryan said. “But we most certainly will be throwing with Nance behind center.” Running backs: Austin Dunn (6-0, 200, jr.) will be the fullback. Connor Phelps (6-0, 180, so.) and Andrew Horn (5-7, 150, sr.) will probably start on the wings.Look for Jaden Hines (5-7, 185, jr.) to rotate in and out of the lineup.“We will be moving people around trying to get the right combination,” Ryan said. “Four or five people could be in the running mix.” Defense - Taylon Lamkin 5’10 195 Sr. DEAdam Condit 5’11 210 Jr. DTColin Reichenberger 6’0 160 Jr. DB 11Trey Coulter776′ 1″275 WHS Record in 2012: 2-7. Wellington went 1-2 in district, beating Clearwater before losing to Mulvane and Winfield. 4. Clearwater4. Wellington 5. Circle5. Augusta 9Derek Driskell95’3115 Field goal kicker: Reichenberger will start as the placekicker. It was a position of great frustration in 2012.“We just didn’t get that foreign exchange student from Europe this year,” Ryan joked. 9Chase Hamel865’7120 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. 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If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 9Hunter Etter515’7150 The predictions… Preseason polls – AV-CTL IV 11Austin Dunn346’0200 9Chris Kop256’0180 Wellington’s defense: Wellington will run a 4-3-5 or 4-4 defense. Ryan said he has thrown in a few more wrinkles in the defense and has spread it out more since more teams have the propensity of passing these days. 10Nick Hyde546′ 0″220 3. Wellington3. Clearwater 10Cameron Bartelson305′ 11″130 1. Andale1. Andale 9Chance Wilson535’5150 11Vince Ast746’0″170 11Zach Bodkins126′ 0″160 9Brad McBath875’9180 9Dylan Goodman145’8155 11Colin Reichenberger106′ 0″160center_img 9Connor Burnett586’2300 9Colton Glover245’5120 11Levi Beard435′ 6″150 10Caden Rusk85’6140 2013 District opponents: At Clearwater, Oct. 18; host Mulvane, Oct. 25; at Winfield, Oct. 31. 9Dylan Ferguson425’10155 Center: Ben DeJarnett (5-11, 170, sr.) and Vincent Ast (6-0, 170, jr.) are vying for the starting job. Ryan said right now DeJarnett appears to be the starter against Goddard. 11Kyle Dall575’10220 11Aaron Fair705′ 10″190 10Michael Norris636’1190 10Wyatt Witmer605′ 8″205 Inside linebacker: Hines, Andrew Pelkey (5-11, 160, jr.) and Dunn have the potential of being one of the two starters for game one. 10Brad Wiens175′ 10″135 Wichita EagleVYPE Magazine 9Lucas Soria625’7140 Cornerback: Ryan said he is taking the committee approach: Nance, Reichenberger, Dunn, and Austin Pfalzgraf (6-0, 160, jr.) all were mentioned as potential starters.“We are looking at a lot of guys at that position,” Ryan said. “No one has just separated themselves from the pack quite yet.” 11Adam Condit596′ 0″195 10Jace Lowe755′ 9″230 6. Augusta6. Circle. 12William Staley455′ 11″200 10Migel Lujan786′ 0″300 Returning starters: Offense –Trevor Nance 6’5 190 Jr. QB HM – All LeagueTyson Hodson 5’11 270 Sr. OLSkylar Brand 5’11 215 Jr. OLColin Reichenberger 6’0 160 Jr. WRBen DeJarnett 5’10 170 Sr. OLAustin Dunn 5’10 185 Jr. RB 11Trevor Nance26′ 5″200 11Brenton Troutman66′ 0″170 10Jason Norris656′ 1″260 11Nick Franks796′ 2″180 9David Matlock465’10145 Tight end: Brenton Troutman (6-0, 170, jr.) and William Staley (5-11, 200, sr.) will play at tight ends.“Staley is bigger, but Troutman is quicker,” Ryan said. 10Grayson Dejarnett565′ 9″135 Tyler Ryan gives speech to team during a recent scrimmage.Head coach: Tyler Ryan, second year. Ryan is a former head coach at Wichita Trinity. He is a Circle High School graduate. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the first time in four years, the Wellington football team has the same coaching staff, the same offense, and a solid group of returning starters. These were things taken for granted on the Crusader gridiron in the Y2K years.Will that be enough to spark a Wellington football turnaround? Who knows? But continuity sure doesn’t hurt.Think about this for a second. Wellington has not had a winning season since 2009 and hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010. The team has won seven games in three years. That would seem unfathomable to the Crusader football fan of even five years ago.But the signs are there that things are looking up. For one thing, Wellington is solid at quarterback. Trevor Nance, a 6-5, 190 pound, junior, will be starting behind the center after starting for five games in 2012.There is also a solid line. In fact, second year head coach Tyler Ryan said he has enough depth there that he can platoon and have just one player starting both offensively and defensively.The competition also doesn’t look as rock solid as a year ago. Throw out teams like Andale and Wichita Collegiate and Wellington matches up well with the others. The prognosticators picked the Crusaders to finish either third or fourth in the league. More importantly, their district of Mulvane, Clearwater and Winfield is not impossibly tough.Wellington, though, has some significant question marks. The skill positions are lacking in depth.“We are either have great depth in skill positions and thin on the line, or vice versa,” Ryan said. “We can’t seem to get them both at the same time.”Last year, Wellington had an abundance of speed – not so much this year. And actual game time experience is always a question mark as the season approaches.“We just do not know what will happen when they turn on the lights on Friday night,” Ryan said. “A player can look good in practice, but then forget everything he knows when the game starts. There are a lot of questions out there that is still unanswered.”Wellington will know soon enough when it travels to Goddard to open the 2013 campaign, just eight days (or nights) away.••••• 10Kaleb Hunt806’2175 10Connor Phelps56′ 0″180 9Levi Preston446’0190 2. Collegiate2. Collegiate 11Ian King155′ 7″145 No. of players: 68. Seniors: 10, Juniors: 21, Sophomores: 20, Freshman: 17. 11Austin Pfalzgraf186′ 0″160 12Ben Dejarnett525′ 11″170 Potential Wellington starters: Wellington’s competition….•Goddard, away, Sept. 6. Hopefully, the 2013 season won’t start out like 2012 in which Goddard scored on a long pass on the first play of year. Goddard would go on and finish 4-6, bowing out in the first round of Class 5A to Salina South. With 12 returning starters, including eight on defense, the Dukes have their work cut out for them.•Concordia, home, Sept. 13. Wellington’s trip to Concordia was a beat down as the Panthers amassed 417 yards against the Crusaders in a 51-20 win. The prospects for a more competitive game in Wellington this year is a strong possibility. Concordia lost a lot of seniors. Wellington is deeper up front.•Augusta, away, Sept. 20. Wellington lost its homecoming game to a team that hadn’t won in 11 games. It was the low point of the season for the Dukes. Wellington needs to win here and will serve as a benchmark of the progress of the Ryan regime.•Collegiate, home, Sept. 27. Although Wellington lost in Collegiate in 2012, there was a spark in the Crusaders not seen before that season. Wellington just couldn’t keep hold of the football, turning the ball over five times in the game. Collegiate comes to Wellington. The Spartans will be heavily favored. Recruiting was good this spring.•Circle, home, Oct. 4. The Thunderbirds have been the one program Wellington has seen success winning the past two seasons. This will be a great opportunity to see the Dukes get another win.•Andale, away, Oct. 11. Whatever momentum the Dukes had the week before, came to a crashing halt against Andale. The Indians are ranked second in the Wichita Eagle Class 4A poll behind Holton. Andale has it going on.•Clearwater, away, Oct 18. The Wellington coaches won’t say it, so we will. This is the key game of the season. Wellington opens district play against Clearwater. A win here gives Wellington some momentum for the final two games. Wellington’s victory over Clearwater in 2012 was the highlight game of the season.•Mulvane, home, Oct. 25. Wellington hasn’t seen much success against Mulvane lately. Maybe this year. Mulvane lost 18 seniors from a team that reached the Class 4A semifinals. Trouble with that theory is, Mulvane has a tradition of winning at the moment. Don’t expect the program to fall off the precipice.•Winfield, away, Oct. 31. Wellington has underachieved badly against Winfield the past two seasons for whatever reason. If things go right, Wellington could be vying for a playoff berth. A win here would be huge for the program. 12Alex Langford416′ 0″140 12Andrew Horn15′ 7″150 12Gage Tunnell75′ 11″150 Colin ReichenbergerWide receivers: Colin Reichenberger (6-0, 160, jr.) gives the Crusaders breaking speed as a wideout. But Ryan said outside him, Wellington is struggling to find other starters at that position.“We’ll go with a committee approach until we find someone who will break out as an established starter,” Ryan said. Kick returners: Phelps and Reichenberger could start.“We have been working on special teams this week,” Ryan said. “It’s a position we will continue to evaluate. We don’t have that one burner.” The roster… Safety: Phelps and Jared Shields (6-0, 150, so.) have the nod at starters at that position. 12Dalton Holt555′ 8″225 Punter: Nance, who was an all-league punter, will return as a starter. 12Tyson Hodson725′ 11″285 12Taylan Lamkin735′ 10″195 11Skylar Brand715′ 11″210last_img

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