The Windsor football team doesn’t keep it a secret — the Wizards are a running team.
So there was more than a little irony in the 47-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Joe Sanger to receiver Alex Baldwin that took the wind out of Mountain View’s sails Friday night at H.J. Dudley Field in Windsor.
The fourth quarter bomb gave the Wizards a four-score lead on their way to a 35-7 victory over their 4A Northern Conference rivals. In a battle between Nos. 1 and 2 in the conference, the Wizards ran their record to 5-0 and dropped Mountain View to 3-2 in the conference.
On the play before, Windsor (5-0 4A Northern, 7-1 overall) had recovered a Mountain Lion fumble. The quick strike on the very next play put the game away. The score gave Windsor a 28-7 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
“That was the first time Alex and I connected for a score this year,” Sanger said after the game. “In fact, that’s my first touchdown pass of the season.
“It definitely felt like we had the game in hand at that point. After that, we just needed to go out and keep running the ball, running the clock and stay in control.”
The Wizards did a good job of that. They only put the ball in the air three times, but got 66 yards. Windsor pounded out 257 yards on the ground and scored four rushing touchdowns.
Both teams exchanged possessions back and fourth in the first quarter with neither able to draw first blood. However, Sanger rattled off a 45-yard run down to the Mountain Lion 5 on the first play of the second quarter, and one play later Blake Bunday punched it in.
The Wizards held Mountain View on fourth and short near midfield on the next possession, then marched 51 yards on 10 plays to take a 14-0 lead. That score held until halftime.
Windsor took the opening drive of the third quarter 72 yards for a 21-0 lead, but Mountain View grabbed a short spurt of momentum by going 80 yards and grinding 5:23 off the clock to pull within 21-7.
That’s when opportunity knocked for the Wizards early in the fourth quarter. After Sanger hit Baldwin for the big score, Mountain View went backward on its next drive. Starting at the 20, the Mountain Lions were stuffed for a three-yard loss, stuffed for no gain, then fumbled a snap for a four-yard loss. Facing fourth-and-17, the punt was partially blocked and Windsor took over on the Mountain View 22.
Six plays later, Windsor took a 35-7 lead and sealed the win.
“They’re a tough, dynamic team offensively,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said of Mountain View. “They’re a difficult team to stop. Our defense stuck to its guns and got us what we needed. And our special teams shined, too.”
On a strange play late in the second quarter, a bad snap led to a blocked Mountain View punt. The punter then recovered the blocked punt and tried to punt it again. Again, Windsor blocked it and seemed to have recovered. However, the Windsor player to recover the blocked punt fumbled it and the officials awarded Mountain View the ball at its own four-yard line.
Windsor argued that its player had stepped out of bounds before the fumble, but the officials didn’t agree. In response, Windsor’s Drew Bunday intercepted a Mountain View pass on the next play.
The Wizards started the season with a one-point loss at Wheat Ridge. Windsor is undefeated since and have outscored their opponents 212-66.
Windsor 35, Mountain View 7
MV 0 0 7 0 — 7
W 0 14 7 14 — 35
W — Blake Bunday 5 run. (kick failed), 11:32.
W — Joe Sanger 9 run (Bunday run), 4:46
W — Sanger 3 run (Ryan Romero kick), 9:16.
MV — Jerrod Klug 4 pass from Adam Baumann (David Dixon kick), 3:53
W — Alex Baldwin 47 pass from Sanger (Romero kick), 10:09
W — Bunday 7 run (Romero kick), 5:00
First downs 15 15
Rushes-yards 34-126 45-257
Passing 142 66
Comp-Att-Int 18-37-1 2-3-0
Punts-Avg. 5-32.6 4-35.5
Penalties-yards 6-64 6-50
Rushing — MV, Adam Baumann 19-96, Jeremiah Clymer 10-27, Hezekiah Fisher 2-3, Tyler Kress 1-3, Connor Logan 2-(-3). W, Joe Sanger 19-114, Blake Bunday 10-74, Brandon King 8-25, Drew Bunday 3-22, Cody Johnson 1-13, Wil Dressor 2-6, Dalton Walker 3-3.
Passing — MV, Adam Baumann 17-36-0-142, Austin Ryan 1-1-0-15. W, Sanger 2-3-1-66.
Receiving — MV, Tyler Kress 6-58, Austin Ryan 3-13, Jeremiah Cymer 2-17, Cody Perkens 1-17, Adam Baumann 1-15, Conner Logan 1-8, Hezekiah Fisher 1-8, Jerrod Klug 1-4, Josh Sandin 1-2. W, Alex Baldwin 1-47, Brandon King 1-19.