First a hero. Then a goat. And finally, Windsor senior Jordan Porterfield came off the field a superhero.
Thanks in part to Porterfield’s fourth-quarter heroics, Windsor moved on to the second round of the Class 4A state football playoffs with Saturday’s 20-12 won over Broomfield.
On a cold, sleet and snow-filled Saturday afternoon, parts of the game were as sloppy as the weather. Windsor, however, created its own luck in the end and held on for the victory.
Leading 14-6 at the half, Broomfield kicked off out of bounds to start the third quarter giving Windsor the ball at their own 35.
Playing the part of hero, Porterfield broke one open on the next play for 65 yards to put the Wizards up 20-6.
On the next possession, Windsor started at their own 10 and marched across midfield, taking more than four minutes off the clock. Porterfield, however, fumbled and gave the Eagles the ball on their own 44. The Eagles struck again on the very next play as Ryan McCulley scampered 56 yards for a score.
Continuing to struggle in the driving, wet snow, Porterfield fumbled again two plays later. This time, however, the Wizard defense held and forced a Broomfield punt.
With two fumbles on two straight possessions and Broomfield one score and a two-point conversion away from tying the game, Porterfield’s neck was on the line.
Then, early in the fourth quarter, Broomfield drove deep into Windsor territory. Facing a second-and-6, Porterfield found himself in the game on defense.
Enter the superhero.
When a Broomfield pass was tipped near the end zone, it was Porterfield who came up with the interception.
Windsor took advantage, marching from its own 2-yard line past midfield before punting, in the meantime draining more than five minutes off the clock.
Finally, once Broomfield did get the ball back toward the end of the game, Porterfield put on his superhero cape one last time and recovered a fumble to help seal the win.
“I knew we needed a stop,” Porterfield said. “I knew this could be our last game. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t.”
Porterfield, a senior, said he hadn’t played defense much since his sophomore season. But the coaches thought the senior could give them a boost down the stretch as the snow continued to fall.
“Those fumbles cost us big-time,” Porterfield said. “That just gave me even more motivation to get in there on defense.”
With much of the offense gathered around portable heaters while the defense was on the field, Porterfield heard his number called. Shivering and drenched, he headed back into the game.
“He was soaked and freezing,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “On the play he got that interception, he actually ran on the field late. We were calling for him and he got in there and found a way to make it happen.
“The defense definitely stepped up when it had to.”
Porterfield wasn’t the only Wizard that had problems holding into the ball. In all, the Wizards fumbled six times and lost three of them. They also turned it over with one interception. Broomfield, meanwhile, lost its only fumble and threw two picks.
Windsor opened the scoring in the first quarter. The Wizards kicked off to open the game and held the Eagles without a first down on their opening series. Windsor then drove the ball 66 yards in five minutes, 12 seconds, capped by a Joe Sanger, 5-yard touchdown run.
After another three-and-out, Windsor went on another scoring drive, this time capped by a 50-yard scamper from Drew Bunday.
Jones pointed to the play of his receivers and how they blocked during the game. Windsor attempted only two passes and neither connected in the tough weather, but the receivers helped contribute to the Wizards racking up 350 rushing yards during the contest.
No. 8 seed Windsor (10-1) takes its 10-game win streak on the road to Pueblo next weekend to face No. 1 seeded Pueblo Central. It hasn’t been decided yet if the game will be played Friday night or Saturday.
Windsor 20, Broomfield 12
BHS 0 6 6 0 — 12
WHS 14 0 6 0 — 20
W — Joe Sanger 5 run (kick missed), Key plays: Windsor converted all three of its third downs on the drive. Drive time: 5:12
W — Drew Bunday 50 run (Brandon King run), Key play: Bunday broke open over the middle on 2nd-and-13 to take it to the house. 1:43.
B — Ryan McCulley 37 run (kick attempt failed), Key play: Pass interference on Windsor gave Broomfield the ball at Windsor’s 37. :50
W — Jordan Porterfield 65 run (kick attempt failed), Key play: Porterfield found a hole and never looked back on his 65-yard run. :11
B — McCulley 56 run (kick attempt failed), Key play: On the previous play, Broomfield recovered a Windsor fumble. :09.
First downs 11 12
Rushes-yards 23-177 59-350
Passing 116 0
Comp-Att-Int 8-21-2 0-2-1
Punts-Avg. 5-38.2 4-31.25
Fumbles-lost 6-3 1-1
Penalties-yards 5-35 6-65
Rushing — BHS, Ryan McCulley 14-137, 2 TDs, Angelo Perez 8-40, Conner Gee 1-0. WHS, Joe Sanger 25-143 1 TD, Jordan Porterfield 21-125 1 TD, Drew Bunday 7-51 1 TD, Brandon King 3-29, Cadew Duve 2-(-12), Dalton Walker 1-14.
Passing — BHS, Angelo Perez 8-21-0-116. WHS, Joe Sanger 0-2-0-0.
Receiving — BHS, Dan Perse 3-77, Gian Panicucci 2-20, Conner Gee 2-19, Bylan Plane 1-0.