Posted: 11:08 pm Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
By Matt Porter
Next up in our playoff preview series, Wellington hosts a powerful visitor from Lauderdale Lakes, Boyd Anderson.
The highlight of the year for the Wolverines was beating district favorite West Boca on the road, 20-14, to all but clinch the district title on Oct. 8. A 21-0 win over Spanish River Oct. 29 gave Wellington the title. Winning their first playoff game in nine years would be even sweeter.
BY THE NUMBERS
How they qualified: Won District 13-5A title (three teams); beat Spanish River Oct. 29 for title.
Average points per game: 14.5
Average points allowed per game: 17.3
Offense: 18th, large schools; 1,730 yards gained (1,421 rush, 309 pass)
Defense: 22nd, large schools; 2,352 yards allowed (1,339 rush, 1,013 pass)
Offensive standouts: OL Brynjar Gudmundsson (6-4, 270, No. 39 on the Big Board); RB Andy LeMay (134 carries, 675 yards, 9 TD); QB Cole Smallridge (played well since replacing injured starter Tyler Vanacore).
Common opponents with Boyd Anderson: None.
How they qualified: Second, District 14-5A (three teams); Beat Dillard Oct. 9.
Average points per game: 32.3
Average points allowed per game: 20
Offense: 2121 yards gained (692 rush, 1,429 pass)
Defense: Not available.
Offensive standouts: QB Dane James (1,935 passing yards, 52.6 completion percentage, 22 TD, 9 INT); RB Corey Tindal (124 carries, 939 yards, 12 touchdowns); WR Jesse York (36 catches, 560 yards, 8 touchdowns).
Defensive standouts: LB Kent Turene (6-3, 230, 4.65 40-yard dash), CB Harmon Brown, CB Gary Jordan.
Common opponents with Wellington: None.
Area teams played: None.
Wellington came on strong after four losses to start the season, going 5-1 down the stretch. As losses go, their loss was a strong one — by a touchdown against Seminole Ridge.
In that game, they held down Seminole Ridge’s high-powered offense, with the Hawks posting 198 yards on the ground and 58 in the air.
They’ll need the defense to come up big this week, because the Cobras have plenty of offensive weapons.
Four wideouts have more than 400 yards receiving: Jesse York (560), Courtney Bynes (515, 5 TD), Bruce Natson (482, 7 TD) and Anthony Williams (422, 3 TD). Quarterback Dane James has fourth-most passing yards (1,935) in Broward, and is tied for fourth-most touchdown passes (22). Tailback Corey Tindal’s 939 rushing yards is fourth-best in Broward.
Wellington runs the veer option offense, with junior Andy LeMay seeing an increase in his workload after dual-threat quarterback Tyler Vanacore went down with a knee injury. Though he’s thrown two picks and zero touchdowns in relief, freshman Cole Smallridge has shown he has the stuff to handle the job.
Boyd Anderson’s linebackers are strong, and Kent Turene, a senior linebacker and Southern Cal commit, is the strongest. The defense averages 20 points allowed per game.