Like week two, Wellington finds themselves against a fellow winless opponent in week three. The Crusaders (0-2) will be at Rose Hill (0-2) on Sept. 16.
Both teams are coming off double-digit losses from last week, Wellington fell to El Dorado by 16, while RHHS lost to Mulvane by 20.
It was a more balanced outing on offense for the Crusaders in week two with Cade Phelps throwing for 159, and the team rushing for 154. On the flip side of that Wellington's total offensive production this season (608 yards) is nearly identically matched by the number of rushing yards the Iron Duke defense has given up through the first two weeks. WHS enters week three allowing an average of 37.5 points per game, while giving up an average of 369 yards per contest to opposing offenses.
It may help this week that Rose Hill doesn't know much about gaining yards. The Rockets are averaging 140.5 yards of offense per game through two weeks. Then again their competition has been pretty stiff, in week one Wichita Collegiate only surrendered 75 yards to RHHS. Last week the Rockets had some success on the ground going for 162, then 48 through the air verses Mulvane.
Rose Hill has scored four touchdowns this season, half of them thrown by senior, QB Grant Moore with senior, Griffin McBride and junior, Cody Wallis on the receiving end. Senior, Bradly McAllister and junior, J.J. Carney have each run the ball into the endzone for the RHHS. Carney leads the team in rushing with 113 yards on the season to McAllister's 109. The team also has turned the ball over five times so far in 2016 with three interceptions and two fumbles. On defense the Rockets have given up over 400 yards in each of the first two weeks (411 week one, and 417 week two), with each opponent reaching the 40-mark on the scoreboard.
Expect Wellington to get their two senior running backs involved in the Rose Hill game early and often. Chris Kop and Colton Golver each rushed for just over 50 yards in week two. Kop leads the team so far this season with 133 yards on the ground. The duo has a combined 248 rushing total with one Glover touchdown on the season. Cade Phelps, junior QB, only threw the ball five times against El Dorado, and nearly third of his production came on a 56 yard pass to sophomore, De'Andre Washignton. Phelps has four total TDs on the season (two rushing, two passing).
Going back to last season both teams are on losing streaks. Wellington's losses now stand at four-in-a-row, while RHHS has 11 consecutive after a winless 2015 campaign. One of those streaks will end on Sept. 16, kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday, so keep an eye on the weather. Temperatures on game day call for a high/low of 82/65 with a 12mph breeze coupled with a 60% chance of precipitation.