November 20, 1974 – Wellington found gold when its senior running back, Tim Burns, was announced Lorain County’s Golden Helmet Award winner with Steve Holovacs. Burns was the first of two football players from Wellington to ever win the award (Ryan Meyers would later win it in 1997.) Tim Burns was part of a 10-0 conference championship team at Wellington that averaged almost 38 points a game. This team ended Wellington’s 20 year conference title drought in football and the first team from Wellington to win 10 games in a season.
Burns was a record smashing player while playing for the Dukes. At the end of his senior season he held the single season scoring record for Lorain County by scoring a record 202 points and 31 touchdowns in his final campaign. Those numbers easily surpassed the previous mark of 178 points set by Holovacs the year before. Burns, a 170 pound back, finished his career with an All-State first team selection for running back. His accomplishments were great achievements for him and the entire 1974 Wellington Dukes football team.