The wellington High School football team suffered its first loss of the season Friday, losing to Wichita Collegiate 49-21.
The Crusaders got behind early, but caught up.
Wellington scored early in the third quarter, on a 46 yard run by Austin Dunn, at 21. From that point its was all Collegiate, as the team scored four unanswered touchdowns from that point.
Coach Tyler Ryan said he was disappointed in how the team did not continue to play hard.
"We had some flashes of very good football," he said. "But then we had flashes of not very good football."
Wellington had trouble stopping Collegiate all night. The Spartans were able to pass at will in the first half, and in the second half, used a sweep play that gave Wellington a lot of trouble.
He had said earlier in the week the team did not match up well with the Spartans and he was concerned about their spread offense.
He said Collegiate did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage.
But Wellington did have its moments.
Collegiate scored the first two times it had the ball. The first cam en a 54-yard sweet by Seth Carder, and the second one came on a 18-yard run by quarterback Landon Root. Collegiate led 14-0 with four minutes left in the opening quarter.
Wellington came back and scored on a 50-yard run up the middle by Austin Dunn. Trevor Nance passed for two to Andrew Horn, and the deficit shrank to 14-8 at the end of the opening quarter.
Collegiate scored again in the second, but Wellington did too, on a 30-yard pass from Nance to Colin Reichenberger and cut the deficit to 21-14 with six minutes left in the half.
Late in the half wellington drove to the Collegiate 22, but didn't score.
Wellington tied the game with 10:31 left in the third on a long run by Dunn.
But from there it was all Collegiate, as the Spartans were able to keep the ball and convert big plays.