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Spring football: Wellington rallies past Cypress Bay

In a spring game that saw both first teams struggle, quarterback Austin Wallace and Wellington’s second team helped the Wolverines rally to a 16-14 victory over Weston-Cypress Bay on Friday night.

Taking the reins to start the fourth quarter, Wallace engineered the comeback drive, hitting Adrian Hector for a 14-yard touchdown with less than three minutes left.

“We played three hard quarters — they beat the crap out of our ones all over the place,” Wolverines coach Tom Abel said. “Our No. 2s and No. 3s went in the game and they did a good job. They deserved to win. (Austin) has a lot of work to do and he’s going to be good in the future.”

Mike Massimino kicked off the scoring for Wellington, catching a first-quarter touchdown reception in the Wolverines’ third drive of the night.

Wellington would add to its lead with a safety in the second quarter to make it 9-0.

“Defense didn’t do a bad job,” Abel said. “We have a lot of things to work on and we’ll see what happens in the offseason.”

With 1:14 left in the quarter, Cypress Bay scored its first points of the night on a leaping touchdown reception by Ricky Malcolm and, taking a risk, successfully converted a two-point conversion on a Justice Johnson rush to make it 9-8.

With the Lightning driving late in the third quarter, Marlon Serbin found Malcom again, this time for a 24-yard touchdown to take a 14-9 lead. Wellington’s Mark-Anthony Richards, best known for his offensive talent, stuffed Johnson on the two-point attempt.

That set up Wellington’s winning touchdown drive keyed by Wallace.

Forced to rush plays in the final minutes as a result of a running clock that began at the start of the fourth quarter, Cypress Bay drove past midfield before time ran out.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do with this football team,” Abel said. “Cypress Bay is an outstanding football team and they were very well-coached. We’ll see where we go.”

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