The Windsor rushing attack was far too much for the Niwot Cougars to handle Friday night as Windsor won at home 62-20.
The Wizards wasted no time getting things going offensively. On just the third play of the game, Windsor running back Blake Bunday found the end zone from 6 yards out.
Once Windsor had its first lead, it just kept building on it.
Defense played a role early as well. On Niwot’s first possession, Windsor recovered a fumble that gave the Wizards the ball on Niwot’s 30-yard line. Senior running back Will Dressor wasted no time in capitalizing, scoring two plays later on a 21-yard run that would put his team up 14-0 with 6:41 left to play in the first quarter.
The score was one of eight Windsor had on the ground. The team had a total of 492 rushing yards on the evening.
“We all did things we needed to do,” senior running back Blake Bunday said. “We did our assignments and picked up on things that we haven’t seen during practice. It was a team win.”
The second quarter was another busy one offensively.
Windsor did not have to utilize a heavy passing game to beat the Cougars, but the Wizards had success through the air. Already leading 14-0 junior quarterback Tanner Bohm connected with wide receiver David Watson for an eight-yard touchdown that put the Wizards up 21-0.
Windsor didn’t stop there. On its final drive of the first half, Bohm rushed for gains of 23 and 26 yards and Bunday capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
While Niwot couldn’t keep up with Windsor offensively, the Cougars offense did have a bright spot. With only 20 seconds remaining in the half, quarterback Bryan Meek delivered pass to wide receiver Jake Thramann who took it 80 yards and made the halftime score 28-6 Windsor.
Despite closing the first half out on a good note, the Cougars couldn’t rally in the second half. Bunday scored three more times for Windsor including a run of 80 yards in the third quarter. He finished the night with 214 yards and five touchdowns.
Such statistics make any player stand out individually, but head coach Chris Jones knows that the offensive line makes such performances possible.
“Honestly the line up front makes things happen,” Jones said. “We’re just blessed to have some really good linemen and good coaching on both sides of the ball.”
Windsor (7-2, 5-1 in 4A Northern Conference) has won four consecutive games and will wrap up its regular season next Friday at home against Greeley West. Despite only having one win in conference play this season Jones said there are still things his team can do better, especially against the Spartans.
“Last year (against Greeley West) we ran the ball really well but we stalled inside the 20 several times and it was a 21-7 final,” Jones said. “We know we have some things we can tidy up next week.”
Niwot falls to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in 4A Northern Conference play. The Cougars will conclude their regular season next week against Thompson Valley.
Niwot 0 6 8 6 — 20
Windsor 14 14 27 7 — 62
W — 8:03 Blake Bunday 6-yard touchdown run (conversion Joe Shermock) 7:12
W — 7:05 Will Dressor 21-yard touchdown run (conversion Joe Shermock) 6:41
W — 8:19 David Watson pass from Tanner Bohm (Conversion Joe Shermock) 6:26
W — 2:34 Blake Bunday 11-yard run (conversion Joe Shermock) 39.6
N — 39.6 Jake Thramann pass from Bryan Meek (Conversion no good) :8
W — 12:00 Blake Bunday 2-yard run (Conversion No Good) 9:56
N — 9:45 Jessie Slepicka pass from Bryan Meek (Conversion Bryan Meek) 8:43
W — 8:43 Blake Bunday 80-yard run (Conversion Joe Shermock) 8:30
W — 7:18 Tanner Bohm 24 yard-run (Conversion Joe Shermock) 6:07
W — 4:32 Blake Bunday 3-yard run (conversion Joe Shermock) 2:43
W — 10:00 Noah Baldwin 13 yard run (Connversion Joe Shermock) 8:45
N — :13 Danny Caruso pass from Bryan Meek (no conversion) 0.00
N — Bryan Meek 218 yards, W — Tanner Bohm 45 yards
N — Bryan Meek 75 yards; W — Blake Bunday 214 yds
N — Jake Thramann 99 yards; W — David Watson 45 yards