COACH: Chris Jones, 7th season
LAST YEAR: The Wizards advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals before losing to Pueblo West 50-27. The Wizards finished 7-0 in the 4A Northern League, 10-2 overall.
KEY PLAYERS: Zach Peck, sr., 6-3, 225, DE; Trenton Noller, sr., 6-2, 330, C/OT; Alex Weis, sr., 5-9, 175, LB; Drew Bunday, sr., 5-11, 165, DB/RB; Blake Bunday, sr., 6-0, 170, QB; Wil Dressor, sr., 6-0, 188, FB; Dylan Wooldridge, sr., 5-11, 175, LB; Tanner Baum, sr., 5-11, 190, LB; Noah Winick, jr., 6-0, 195, RB; Cody Johnson, jr., 6-0, 195, LB; Brandon King, sr., 6-0, 188, DB/RB; Jakeb Gallagher, jr., 6-0, 175, OT; Tanner Bohm, jr., 5-9, 150, QB/WB.
DID YOU KNOW? After a first-year record of 4-6 in 2007, Chris Jones hasn’t had a losing season. Jones has won 71 percent of his games at Windsor and is 51-21 overall. His Wizards have won 23 of their last 26 games over the last two seasons.
JONES’ COMMENTS: “I believe the expectation is now we have to execute a little better mainly because we’re in the second year with these teams we’ve played with last year. They’re going to catch onto your schemes, and you just have to be good in your fundamentals and be able to make adjustments. Every week kind of felt like a playoff game because it was a brand new team. I know we’re not going to sneak up on anybody now. This year, we’re going to have 12 new starters, but I think what’s really helpful this year is the kids have been doing it for so long and have been so consistent that they know what they’re doing. They’re well-versed in our defense and our offense. We keep it simple. Some people think it’s boring. One of our main mottos is, walk on as a team, and walk off as a family.”
SEASON OUTLOOK: Look for the Wizards to make the state playoffs for the sixth straight year. Wizards coach Chris Jones has built one of the best programs in the state, and moving up to 4A last year didn’t matter at all to the Wizards. QB Blake Bunday has some big shoes to fill in replacing standout Joe Sanger. Jones said Bunday will lack the experience Sanger had in running the offense with the reads, but he has the ability to make explosive plays. The Wizards have 38 lettermen returning, five starters on defense and five on offense.
— T.M. Fasano