Late mistakes cost Roosevelt in loss to fellow contender Windsor
September 5, 2015
JOHNSTOWN — Roosevelt was its own worst enemy in the final quarter, as Windsor capitalized on some key Rough Riders mistakes for a 25-12 Week 1 nonconference football win Friday.
The game was the season opener for the Wizards.
Roosevelt fell to 1-1 after dominating Thompson Valley, 50-12, in Zero Week last Friday.
After the two teams played to a 12-12 tie through three quarters, the Wizards scored twice in the fourth.
"It was a 12-round fight and in rounds 10, 11, 12, you can get a knockout in those rounds," Windsor coach Chris Jones said. "We just kept going in the 10, 11, 12th rounds."
Early in the fourth, the Rough Riders failed to convert on a third down, and Windsor took over on the Roosevelt 29.
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The Wizards went up 19-12 on a Landon Schmidt 8-yard touchdown run with 6 minutes, 5 seconds left in the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Rough Riders fumbled, leading to another Windsor touchdown to extend the gap to 25-12 with 5:27 left. Brandon Ramirez scored on a 33-yarder to capitalize on the Roosevelt turnover.
"In a game like that, every play is important, it's imperative you're sound on special teams," Rough Riders coach Noland Eastin said. "We just had some breakdowns. … We have to a grow up a little bit, and you can't have those type of mistakes when it's 12-12 like that."
Before the fourth, neither team was able to pull away from the other.
Schmidt (three touchdowns overall) scored twice in the first quarter to give Windsor a 12-6 lead during a back-and-forth opening stanza.
His first touchdown came in the opening minutes as the Wizards quickly got on the board when Schmidt bolted 40 yards into the end zone to put Windsor up 6-0.
He scored again in the quarter, from 11 yards out, to put the Wizards up 12-6 with 11 seconds left in the first.
After Windsor's first touchdown, Roosevelt struck right back, scoring on a 24-yard run by Carlos Ortega on the very next drive, tying the score at 6 with 4:54 left in the opening quarter.
The cat-and-mouse game continued in the second quarter. Rough Riders junior quarterback Cameron Hurtado scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game at 12 with 6:32 left in the first half.
Roosevelt made a defensive stand deep in its own territory late in the second quarter to keep the score tied at 12 at halftime.
Both teams' vaunted defenses buckled down in the third with the game remaining tied at 12 heading into the fourth.
Schmidt finished with 92 total offensive yards with an interception on defense to go with his three touchdowns on offense.
WHS 12 0 0 13 — 25
RHS 6 6 0 0 — 12