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Windsor football team rushes past Greeley Central in nonconference win

Kayla Cornett
kcornett@greeleytribune.com

The Windsor football team was a force of nature Thursday night.

Greeley Central was well aware of the forecast and thought it was prepared for the ensuing storm.

But once the Wizards started storming down the field, the Wildcats got washed away by a monsoon of points.

Windsor dominated the nonconference game, winning 50-0 against Central at District 6 Stadium.

The Wizards (4-0) had a running clock midway through the third quarter as the game continued to spiral out of control for the Wildcats (2-2).

Windsor coach Chris Jones said with a short week, both teams had to gamble in a couple of areas.

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"Overall, as the game goes on, with the triple option you try to find out what's available, inside or outside or counter-action," Jones added. "The coaches made some great calls upstairs to help us get in these situations in the second half (and) be successful.

" … I know it's tough on a short week to get ready for us and to get ready for them. And I hope they have a safe and healthy rest of the season for Greeley Central."

In the first half, it was all Windsor as it consistently gashed Central with long runs from different players. The Wizards racked up 314 rushing yards by halftime and had 446 total on the ground. The 'Cats had 121 total offensive yards.

Senior fullback Jake Shields (10 carries, 83 yards) led Windsor with three touchdowns, two of which were in the second quarter. Two of his scores were from 1 yard out and the other from 7 yards out.

Senior wingback Landon Schmidt ended the first half on an even higher note with a 69-yard TD run with 43 seconds left.

"A lot of people have been saying that we're a second-half team, and we came out strong (Thursday) in the first half," Shields said. "It was good to put it all together."

Junior quarterback Brad Peeples had 14 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, and Schmidt had three carries for 101 yards and his score.

Right before Windsor's last first-half drive, Central senior kicker Oscar Benavides missed a 30-yard field goal after a 14-play drive. Benavides had missed another in the first quarter, a 29-yarder with 3:58 on the clock.

"They showed up; we didn't," Central coach Gary Luster said of his team. " … We have to make some adjustments and we'll go from there. I think we'll be fine. Mentally, they're a bunch of character guys and I know they're going to come back fighting and they're not going to let this get them down."

The Wizards defense also began to pick up speed late in the second with an interception by Schmidt of sophomore quarterback Rodolfo Escamilla. Escamilla (5 of 11, 58 yards) threw two more picks — back to back — in the third quarter.

One was returned for a 15-yard touchdown by Windsor sophomore Zach Watts to start the second half.

"It was good momentum for our defense, good to get a pick-6," Jones said. "We have to make adjustments on the sideline between series, and we were very fortunate to make some good changes."

Best performance

The Windsor running corps deserves this honor after amassing almost 450 rushing yards.

Shields gave a lot of the credit to his offensive line, however.

"Everything we did out there, I owe it to them," he said. "And our triple option was working great tonight. We've just been working hard during practice to get it to our perfection."

Turning point

After the Wizards took their first drive 80 yards down the field for a score in eight plays, it was clear they would be hard to stop.

Up next

Windsor will host Skyline in its last nonleague game at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Central will host rival Greeley West in their annual game at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at District 6 Stadium.

WHS 7 21 15 7 — 50

GCHS 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter

WHS — Brad Peeples 1 run (Dylan Tufts kick), 9:05. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:55. Windsor 7, Greeley Central 0.

Second quarter

WHS — Jake Shields 1 run (Tufts kick), 8:44. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:46. Windsor 14, Greeley Central 0.

WHS — Shields 7 run (Tufts kick), 6:31. Drive: 3 plays, 33 yards, :19. Windsor 21, Greeley Central 0.

WHS — Landon Schmidt 69 run (Tufts kick), :43. Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, :20. Windsor 28, Greeley Central 0.

Third quarter

WHS — Zach Watts 15 INT ret. (Peeples run), 11:10. Windsor 36, Greeley Central 0.

WHS — Shields 1 run (Tufts kicks), 8:45. Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 2:03. Windsor 43, Greeley Central 0.

Fourth quarter

WHS — Caleb Bangs 3 run (Tufts kick), 11:15. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 5:23. Windsor 50, Greeley Central 0.

Team statistics

WHS GCHS

First downs 15 8

Rushes-yards 45-446 18-37

Passing 36 84

Comp-Att-Int 2-2-0 10-22-3

Sacked-yards lost 1-7 2-10

Punts-Avg. 1-38 4-38.5

Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 8-90 3-25

Individual leaders

Rushing — WHS, Brad Peeples 14-107 (TD), Landon Schmidt 3-101 (TD), Jake Shields 10-83 (3 TDs). GCHS, Kody Drake 12-34.

Passing — WHS, Peeples 2-2-0-36. GCHS, Chris Martin 5-11-0-26, Rodolfo Escamilla 5-11-3-58.

Receiving — WHS, Brandon Ramirez 1-25. GCHS, Xavier Bonham 5-56.

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