In week six, get ready – Wellington will play Andale.
The heated rivalry continues at Sellers Park on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The Indians, 4-1, are coming off of four straight wins. In week five, they trounced Augusta 64-9 and have a 3-1 record in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail IV.
While new to the rivalry, Wellington Head Coach, Tyler Ryan knows what to expect from Andale.
"Hard-nosed football, and great offense rushing the ball," he said. "It's kind of the same old song and dance we're going to see from those guys, nothing new." The Indians have solid experience at the skilled positions with Jake May, senior, runningback, and Jared Smarsh, junior, quarterback.
Wellington is going into the game with some confidence, Ryan said, after the week five win at Circle. Last week, Wellington rushed for a total of 286 yards with two rushers near the 100-yard mark; seniors Tyler Clift (97 yards), and Andrew Linnebur (90 yards). Ryan knows how important the ground game is for success.
"Our offensive attack is kind of geared on giving a lot of guys the opportunity to step up on any given night," he said. "Andrew did a nice job of running hard in-between the tackles for us [last week], that really helps us out when we can establish a running attack up the middle." That allows for Clift and other Crusaders to attack the edge.
With sophomore, Trevor Nance expected to make his third start in a row as the Crusaders QB, the offense has found a good groove.
In the first three games of the season, Wellington had a combined 693 total yards of offense. Over the last two weeks the Iron Dukes have 763 total yards. Nance has four total touchdowns in two starts, with 297 yards through the air and is completing just under 50 percent of his passes as a starter with three interceptions.
Wellington will need all of the offensive and defensive firepower they can muster to knock-off Andale.
"They've got a ton of confidence they've been playing well the last couple weeks," Ryan said. "It's definitely going to be a physical game for us, for sure."