Many times in football, defenses win games.
But Friday night, an explosive offense plus a solid defense produced a win and a shutout.
Windsor’s defense didn’t let anything get by it as the offense pounded in six touchdowns against Greeley Central for a 42-0 Class 4A Northern Conference victory.
The Wizards (2-1 Northern Conference, 4-2 overall) held the No. 2 rushing leader in the conference, Central senior Travis Lechman, to just 38 yards on 16 carries.
“Defensively, we held that young man,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said of Lechman. “After last week, … we didn’t say that can’t happen to us, we said ‘Hey, we’re gonna play better than that last team they played.’ And that’s the whole focus, so we’re extremely proud. It’s good to get another win in conference. We still got a lot of work to do to improve our team.”
Last week, the Wildcats (1-2, 2-4) ran all over Mountain View with Lechman rushing for a Greeley Central record 319 yards and six touchdowns.
Central coach Mike Heatherly said Lechman being held to low yardage is going to happen from time to time.
“If you have a big game prior to that, you know people are gonna target you,” Heatherly said. “We tried to have some other things in mind, which I think worked for us. We ran our quarterback a little more, we got our fullback out a little bit.
“(It was) difficult throwing the ball tonight with the elements, but we weren’t very effective throwing the ball,” he added. “We need to work on that, we need to help Travis out and be a little bit more complete.”
Jones said that what Central was able to do against Mountain View obviously opened everybody’s eyes.
“They were very proficient at what they did, running the ball at will,” he said. “We had to make sure we didn’t give up the outside and that’s how they hurt Mountain View. So we did a good job this week just preparing for outside and we were (trying) to keep them inside. There’s a couple inside runs they got once in a while, but we weren’t looking past those guys at all.”
The Wizards were coming off a 26-14 loss against Longmont, the No. 1 team in the conference, but defeating Central puts them in third place in the conference and Central drops to fourth. Windsor takes on Loveland, second in the conference, next week.
Jones said one reason not to look past the Wildcats is their experience.
“I knew they had the most starters coming back in the Northern Conference and we knew … that’s good experience, game experience,” Jones said. “We knew they’d be a tough team so we didn’t think about anything but controlling ‘em on offense and protecting the ball when we had the ball on offense against their defense.”
Windsor’s defense held Central junior quarterback Zach Koch to 3 of 8 completions for nine yards and one interception, and rushing, the Wildcats couldn’t break 100 yards on 32 carries. Central had just seven first downs.
“We didn’t execute,” Heatherly said. “That’s what I’m angry about. We got first downs, we moved the ball, I don’t think we were intimidated. We just didn’t execute; we didn’t finish drives. They did and that’s why the score was (42-0).”
On offense, the Wizards’ quarterback, junior Tanner Bohm, led his team on ground plays. He had one explosive pass to senior Blake Bunday for a 73-yard TD nine seconds before halftime but completed just one other pass and threw one interception. Windsor rushed 52 times for 388 yards, with 190 of those yards and three touchdowns going to Bohm.
Jones said Bohm is a smart, unselfish player who’s quick to admit when he makes a mistake.
“He’s just a guy we like to have in that spot,” he said. “… Tanner’s doing a great job taking care of the offense.”
He also commended his two main running backs, Bunday and senior Wil Dressor, for being versatile at different positions.
“Blake and Wil Dressor, we run ‘em both at fullback and at wing so we try to move ‘em around so teams don’t know what we’re gonna run next,” Jones said. “That was the plan and I thought we stuck to it and the kids did a good job tonight (and) the line up front (was) making holes.”
And on the other side of the ball, Jones said the defense did an outstanding job.
“Those kids, they fly to the ball; we play fast,” he said. “We get to the ball, keep people in front and then we take the ball on offense and try to get a team win. We put our best on best in practice. … We give ‘em the best look we can, sometimes we can’t but the speed of our offense helps our defense play a little faster.”
WHS 7 21 0 14 — 42
GCHS 0 0 0 0 — 0
WHS — Blake Bunday 14 run (Joe Shermock kick), 5:49. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 3:51. Windsor 7, Greeley Central 0
WHS — Tanner Bohm 9 run (Shermock kick), 11:54. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 2:18. Windsor 14, Greeley Central 0
WHS — Bohm 11 run (Shermock kick), 6:22. Drive: 9 plays, 67 yards, 2:18. Windsor 21, Greeley Central 0
WH S — Bunday 73 pass from Bohm (Shermock kick), :09. Drive: 4 plays, 95 yards, 1:19. Windsor 28, Greeley Central 0
WHS — Bohm 29 run (Shermock kick), 7:33. Drive: 9 plays, 94 yards, 4:21. Windsor 35, Greeley Central 0
WHS — Jacob Shields 16 run (Shermock kick), 1:48. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 4:11. Windsor 42, Greeley Central 0
First downs 17 7
Rushes-yards 52-388 32-97
Passing 95 9
Comp-Att-Int 2-3-1 3-8-1
Sacked-yards lost 0-0 1-6
Punts-Avg. 1-30 5-31.4
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 7-60 5-45
Rushing — WHS, Tanner Bohm 22-190 (3 TDs), Blake Bunday 10-77 (TD), Wil Dressor 9-64. GCHS, Travis Lechman 16-38, Brandon Gallegos 6-35.
Passing — WHS, Bohm 2-3-1-95. GCHS, Zach Koch 3-8-1-9.
Receiving — WHS, Bunday 2-95 (TD). GCHS, James Desmond 1-7.