BY GENE NARDI
The Wellington High School varsity football squad hosted Spanish River High School in a non-district contest on Friday, Sept. 26 and dominated the Sharks 61-6.
The Wolverines (4-1) scored early and often as they cruised to their third consecutive win.
Wellington is averaging 44 points per game this season, and many teams have had difficulty stopping their air attack.
Against Spanish River, Wellington combined for 328 total yards, and eight different players scored for the Wolverines.
After a three-and-out possession by the Wolverines, it didn’t take long to power up their offense.
Defensive end Tyler Somers recovered a Spanish River fumble in midfield to energize the Wolverine offense. Quarterback Shannon Patrick connected with receiver Austin Gilman for a 50-yard touchdown to initiate the scoring frenzy that would follow.
Wellington scored four more times before the end of the first half to take a commanding 35-6 halftime lead. By the end of the half, four players had recorded scores for the Wolverines.
Two forced fumbles and three sacks by the Wellington defense limited the Shark offense. In addition to shutting down the Spanish River offense in the second half, the Wolverines tallied another 26 points to run away with the 61-6 win.
Running back Mike Howard is credited with two touchdowns. Running backs Christian Goss and Kyle Branch earned scores; and receivers Ahmmon Richards, Austin Gilman and Jean Rene all scored touchdowns.
Receiver Trevor Reisenberg had a 50-yard kickoff return for a score, and Patrick totaled 157 yards passing and three scores.
Wellington begins district play on Thursday, Oct. 2 at Jupiter High School at 7 p.m.
ABOVE: Defensive end Matt Mazzatti closes in on a sack, one of three recorded by the Wolverine defense.