By JAMES BRADY, Morning Journal Correspondent, 9-30-00
"WELLINGTON -- ... The Dukes used a first-half blitz similar to Avon's effort against Firelands last week, as they racked up 39 points in the first two quarters enroute to annihilating the Eagles, 53-8. Wellington improves to 6-0 on the year, 3-0 in the LCC. The Eagles fall to 4-2, 2-1.
If the score wasn't a large enough indicator of the blowout, then the stats are. Wellington finished the night with 434 total yards offense, with 352 coming on the ground. Avon had 127 yards on the night after finishing the first half with only seven total yards ...
Henry's second pass attempt of the night was also picked off, this time by James Mariast at the Eagles 42. Mariast didn't even give the offense a chance to get on the field, as he returned the ball down the right sideline for a 21-0 Wellington lead with 4:46 still on the clock in the first quarter.
The overmatched Avon offense ... was forced to punt three times after three plays-and-out while trailing by three scores. Each time the Eagles punted. the Dukes unkindly responded with a scoring drive. In all, Wellington scored the first six times it had the ball in the opening half ...
The second half was a mixture of first-team players early on and reserves late in the game. Whoever was in there, it still didn't matter as Wellington ran its lead to 53-0.
''(Wellington) jumped on us early and they outplayed us and out-coached us all night,'' Eagles head coach Lee Powell said."
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