When we last left Crusader football, they had just ended the 2017 season at 5-5.  Coach Zane Aguilar was just finishing his second year as coach.  It seemed that Aguilar and his team were climbing upward with each year. The feeling was that things were looking up.
The Crusaders lost a lot of seniors who graduated this past May.  Cade Phelps, Jack Walton, Logan Jones, Braiden Buresh, Ian Groom, Gabe Smith, Deyton Araujo and  Aaron Schoemann will be missed out on the field.  It will be the up and comers who will help make the team this year.  
Taking one last look back at the 2017 season, Crusader Football got off to a fantastic start last year against Clearwater, winning the first game of the season 34-6.  The momentum kept on going the following week against El Dorado, winning 21-0.  Another victory over Rose Hill 27-13 showed the Crusaders were on a roll.  
Then, they played Andale.  Andale won decisively 38-0.  The following week, Wichita Collegiate won 28-13.  The Crusaders traveled the long road to Scott City, losing 28-6.  
Things improved once the Crusaders got to District Play-offs, winning over Winfield again 14-7.  Mulvane came for Homecoming night with a victory over the Crusaders of 35-7.  The Crusaders had one last victory of the season over Ulysses 28-14.  
The season came to an end early last November with Maize South’s final victory over the Crusaders of 49-7.  
Wellington is now a little over a month away from its first football game of the fall 2018 season.  All games, unless specified, will start at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders will be playing at Wichita Collegiate on August 31st. On September 7th, the Crusaders play their first home game against Andale.  The following week, on September 14th, the Crusaders head to Clearwater.  On September 21st, the Augusta Orioles come to Wellington to play some football.  On the 28th, the Crusaders head to Rose Hill.  
Starting things off in October, the Crusaders head out to Labette County on the 5th.  On October 12th, they venture to Winfield.  Finally, on October 19th, the Crusaders head to Mulvane.  
This will be Coach Aguilar’s third season coaching for the Crusaders.  He is a 2004 graduate of Wellington High School.  
“It's a little early to assume what could possibly happen this fall. What I can give you now is that our numbers should be leaning upwards.  We have a total of 14 Seniors, which has been the highest number I have seen for the last several years.   We do lose several key positions due to graduation, the biggest being the entire line from last year. The faster they (OL/DL) can learn the speed of Friday night, the more successful we will be especially early.  We open the season with Collegiate on Aug. 31st., which will be a great test for us.  On from there it doesn't get any easier.  We must minimize mistakes and execute what we are coached to do in order to have a chance to win every friday night.  Should be an exciting year!”