The Wellington High School girls flag football team defeated Lake Worth High School 15-0 on Thursday, March 12 to remain unbeaten in Palm Beach County at 4-0, 4-3 overall. What’s even more impressive is that the Wellington defense posted its fourth shutout on the season.
The Wolverines took most of the first half to generate any offense and scored on a 15-yard pass on the last play of the first half. Quarterback Erin Raymond found Alex Wantlin in the end zone for the score. The Wolverines led going into the half 6-0.
Raymond led the Wolverines offensively with accurate passes through the second half, but the Wolverines settled for just one more touchdown, despite being on the goal line twice in the fourth quarter and coming up empty.
The Wolverines’ second touchdown came in the third quarter, when Raymond connected with Wantlin again on a 32-yard pass over the middle to extend the Wellington lead to 13-0.
The Trojans were not able to remedy their offensive mishaps, with several mishandled pitches and dropped passes. The Wolverines appeared that they would capitalize on the Lake Worth troubles and drove to the goal line before being stopped by a motivated Trojan defense.
With only two minutes remaining, Lake Worth needed a big play to close the deficit. Wellington’s defense stormed the end zone with Wantlin pressuring the Trojan quarterback, getting the pull for a Wolverine safety. Leading 15-0, the Wolverines got the ball back on offense.
Raymond found receiver Eryn Wioncek on a short pass, likely to run out the clock, but Wioncek avoided the pull and raced to the goal line, where she was stopped before time expired.
Wellington was scheduled to face the Broncos at Palm Beach Central High School on March 17, but the Florida Department of Education has recommended that all Florida schools have an extended spring break to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All scholastic athletic events have been postponed.