Windsor closed out the football regular season with a victory, but it was anything but easy.
Windsor, known best for its high powered offense, got big help from the defense to earn a competitive 14-0 victory against Greeley West on Friday night.
With its win, the Wizards clinched at least a share of the Class 4A Northern Conference title, ending the conference season tied with Loveland and Longmont.
Greeley West (1-6 Northern Conference, 1-9 overall) kept the Wizards’ offense quiet in the early going. The Spartan defense set the tone from the get-go by allowing just eight yards on the Wizards’ first drive and forcing a punt. Windsor (6-1, 8-2) punted on its second drive, as well, and was held scoreless in the first quarter.
While the defense for West played determined football, Windsor’s efforts were also hampered by penalties. On the second drive of the game, a holding penalty negated a 96-yard run by running back Blake Bunday. The penalty was one of four on that drive for Windsor.
“The penalties didn’t help us to go forward but that’s part of the game,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “We gotta do a better job of not getting holding and procedure penalties, but we will address that this week and get ready for next week.”
The offense may have stalled early, but the defense prevented Greeley West from getting any rhythm offensively, led in part by freshman Corte Tapia who had a sack in the first quarter and two in the game.
West’s defense was pesky as well, and didn’t make it easy for Windsor to get on the scoreboard. Midway through the second quarter, on second down, Windsor quarterback Tanner Bohm threw a pass over the middle that was broken up by Zach Lish, saving a touchdown. After converting a fourth down attempt, Bohm found the end zone with his feet and put the Wizards up 7-0 at halftime.
Both defenses would tell the story in the second half. West’s opening drive stalled after Windsor’s Alex Weiss sacked West quarterback A.J. Lopez to force a punt.
West answered right back just three plays later when Logan Treziak recovered a fumble that gave West the ball at it’s own 40-yard line.
“Our defense has played good football all year long. Windsor is a prolific offense,” Greeley West coach Jason Renouf said. “Our defense held when they needed to and I’m really proud of those guys for the way they’re playing.”
After Windsor took the lead 14-0, it got its offense going in the fourth quarter. Lopez found running back Aron Kratschun for gains of 15, 25 and 28 yards, which put the Spartans at the Windsor 30-yard line.
That’s when the Windsor defense had it’s biggest impact of the game. With the ball deep in Windsor territory, senior Drew Bunday intercepted a pass over the middle which recaptured Windsor’s momentum. The Wizard defense intercepted one more pass late to secure the game.
“The defense picked up our offense this week,” Jones said. “They did a great job.”
Despite the loss, Renouf said he’s pleased with Lopez and the 15 seniors who have persevered despite a tough year.
“I’m excited about A.J. and excited to see him play next year,” Renouf said. “(The seniors) laid down an awesome foundation and these guys worked hard for us for four years. They’re leaders through example. I’m so proud of them and I’m going to miss them.”
GWHS 0 0 0 0 — 0
WHS 0 7 0 7 — 14
WHS — Tanner Bohm 5 run (Shermock kick), 6:16
WHS — Bohm 1 run (Shermock kick), 7:18
Rushing — GWHS, Alex Delacroix 24 yards. WHS, Tanner Bohm 101 yards (2 TD).
Passing — GWHS, A.J. Lopez 147 yards. WHS, Blake Bunday 20 yards.
Receiving — GWHS, Aron Krautschun 76 yards. WHS, Drew Bunday 20 yards.