Wellington Varsity Football vs Suncoast

Wellington Varsity Football vs Suncoast

Lauren Alsina

Tyler Alexander, Sports Editor

The Wellington Wolverines and the Suncoast Chargers met in stormy conditions for the first exhibition game of the season, with each team trying to start off with a win.  Wellington did just that. The Wolverines returned the games opening kickoff for a touchdown.  The Wolverines would add the extra point to gain an early 7-0 edge over the Chargers.  On an ensuing Suncoast drive,Wellington recovered one of two forced fumbles of the day. Mike Morosco was there for the recovery; taking it 18 yards to the house. This put Wellington up 13-0.  The presence of hurricane Isaac was certainly felt after this score, which forced an evacuation of the stadium.  Once the game got back on track, the fans were more electric than ever: sticking around, despite the intermittent bursts of intense rain.  Following the rain delay, Darley Cudzo had an extremely impressive 63 yard touchdown run; putting moves on the Chargers’ defense that made them look like rag dolls.

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All in all, the Wolverine offense sputtered often and rarely found a rhythm, throwing one interception, and putting the football on the ground twice. Wellington’s defensive line was harassing Suncoast’s quarterback all night; tallying four sacks, three quarterback hurries, and a safety which put Wellington up 22-0.  The Wolverine defense forced two fumbles;  recovering both and capitalizing on one for a touchdown.  The game ended midway through the third quarter due to lightning, resulting in the Wellington Wolverines starting the season 1-0 with a 22-0 victory over the Suncoast Chargers.