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Mounties Leave Wellington On The Run, Win 49-19

WELLINGTON, OHIO – It was a rough night in Wellington on Friday. After losing the season opener to Normandy last week – breaking Normandy’s 41-game losing streak, which dated to Oct. 19, 2012 – the Dukes woke up to a 19-0 deficit mid-way through the first quarter, against the visiting Mapleton Mounties, and never recovered, losing 49-19.

Mapleton had two touchdown runs from Ethan Hartley, and one from Logan Pharmer – to put the Mounties up 19-0, with almost five minutes left in the first quarter – before Wellington had a chance to put a drive together.

The Mounties led 40-13 at the half, then piled on in the second half, spurring a running-clock for most of the final two quarters.

The Dukes got on the scoreboard late in the first quarter on a Mason Wright 5-yard touchdown run, which was set up by Wright’s 49-yard fumble return on the previous Mounties’ drive. Wright was a bright spot for the Dukes, as he was also thrust into the quarterback role when starter Benjamin Higgins was knocked out with a shoulder injury early in the game.

“He’s our backup quarterback, but it looks like he’ll be the starter next week,” Wellington head coach Roy Moore said. “He can do everything, so we keep moving him around and he’s successful everywhere we put him.”

Wright led the Dukes with 111 yards rushing, 144 yards passing and had eight yards receiving on offense, while he recorded seven tackles and had the big fumble recovery to set up his own touchdown run.


Mapleton 49, Wellington 19

Mapleton 19 21 9 0 – 49
Wellington 6 7 0 6 – 19


M – Ethan Hartley, 8 run (kick failed)
M – Hartley, 9 run (Dakota Howell kick)
M – Logan Pharmer, 3 run (kick failed)
W – Mason Wright, 5 run (kick failed)
M – Hartley, 19 pass from Pharmer (Howell kick)
M – Parker Rohr, run (Howell kick)
M – Hartley, 33 fumble return (Howell kick)
W – Mason McClennan, 18 pass from Wright (Cory Feron kick)
M – Gage Scurlock, 57 pass from Pharmer (Howell kick)
M – Safety
W – Wright, 40 run (kick failed)

Team statistics
M — W
First downs 14 — 10
-by rushing 10 — 5
-by passing 4 — 4
-by penalty 0 — 1
Yards rushing 274 — 130
Yards passing 231 — 187
Total offense 505 — 317
Passes att./comp. 15/12 — 16/12
Intercepted by 0 — 0
Fumbles/lost 2/1 — 1/1
Penalties/yards 9/100 — 9/50

Individual statistics
RUSHING – (M) Parker Rohr 10-87, Logan Pharmer 7-49, Ethan Hartley 5-84, Gage Skurlock 5-46, Sam Mullins 4-(-5), Jack Mullins 1-9, Bryar Ramey 1-4. (W) – Mason Wright 17-111, Michael Casella 6-14, Parker Rieske 5-(-2), Justin Skinner 3-7, Ryan Moon 1-0.
PASSING – (M) Pharmer 12-15-231-2-0. (W) – Wright 9-10-144-1-0, Benjamin Higgins 3-6-43-0-0.
RECEIVING – (M) Rohr 5-37, Hartley 3-43, Scurlock 2-69, Jacob Hoffman 1-4. (W) Mason McClennan 3-70, Reiske 3-58, Zach Constantino 2-9, Wright 1-8, Casella 1-11, Jayden Skinner 1-8, Justin Skinner 1-5.

Ryan Kaczmarski has been the sports editor for a group of weekly community newspapers for the last five years. He has previously covered the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake Erie Monsters and other minor league and small college teams. He is a born and bred Cleveland Browns fan, who is passionate with love of all things Cleveland sports.

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