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Wizards shut out by No. 1 Pine Creek

Samuel G. Mustari
smustari@greeleytribune.com

It was promoted as a whiteout.

Unfortunatley for a standing-room only crowd at H.J. Dudley Field on Friday night, it was a shutout.

No. 1-ranked Pine Creek utilized two long drives to shut out Windsor 10-0.

The Wizards, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, is 1-1 on the season while the Eagles are 2-0.

Windsor coach Chris Jones and his squad are not used to losing, especially when their high-powered offense is helpless, watching Pine Creek chew up the clock.

"It drives you crazy," Jones said.

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What was driving him crazy was the 10-point deficit the Wizards battled against right from the get-go as Pine Creek took the opening kickoff and marched 60 yards on 12 plays, taking 6 minutes, 49 seconds off the clock before David Moore II scored form the 2.

Opting to punt on fourth-and-1 at their own 31 on their first possession, the Wizards watched a repeat of Pine Creek's dominance early on, this time going 56 yards on nine plays that took another 6:37 off the clock before Cameron Brungardt nailed a 37-yard field goal.

It was all the offense the Eagles would need in the highly-anticipated matchup between the two 4A heavyweights.

"Getting up by 10 helps out in a lot of ways," Pine Creek coach Todd Miller said. "Then, we could rally adjust to what Windsor was going to do."

The Wizards only crossed midfield once in the first half, resulting in a measly two first downs and just 61 yards of total offense on 19 plays from scrimmage.

"It's tough … it's tough for those kids," Jones said, pointing to his team walking dejectedly off the field. "

After a handful of adjustments, the Wizards went toe-to-toe with the Eagles for the final two quarters, and in fact looked exactly like Pine Creek on the second-half opening kickoff, marching to the Eagles' 12.

However, a 29-yard field goal attempt by senior Julia Broghammer was wide left — 15 plays, 79 yards and eight minutes all for naught.

The Wizards failed to take advantage of a recovered fumble by Zach Watts in the fourth quarter, stalling at the Pine Creek 34 after a delay of game penalty and an interception by Pine Creek's Xavier Hill.

"Twice in the red zone and nothing," said Jones, who once displayed his frustration by throwing his hat after an offensive pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter.

"That's a very athletic (Pine Creek) team," Jones offered.

The Eagles made the most of 209 yards of total offense, 159 coming in the first half.

"I'm not tired at all though," said Moore, who had 116 rushing yards and a touchdown, "If I had to keep carrying it for us, I would have."

Moore ran the ball on Pine Creek's final five plays from scrimmage to run out the final 3:57.

"We made adjustments and especially on defense, closing up the rushing lanes, but maybe we were still a few yards too deep," Jones said. "But the first half went real fast."

Windsor labored to 160 yards of total offense, most coming in the second half.

"We came out with sense of urgency, but finish those (second half) drives," Windsor senior running back Brandon Ramirez said.

The victory was the second straight on the road for Pine Creek.

"We're growing up and growing up quick," Miller said. "We're playing hard and the chemistry is coming along. When they play for each other and aren't scared of me yelling at them, we have a chance."

The chance becomes even greater with a quick 10-point lead.

"It's just tough on us … we'll look at film and … aaagh," Jones lamented. "Food isn't going to taste good for a week."

PC 7 3 0 0 — 10

WHS 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter

PC — David Moore III 4 run (Cameron Brungardt kick). 5:05 left to play. Drive: 12 plays, 60 yards, 6:49. Key play: A 6-yard reception by Nate Vasquez on fourth-and-2 at the WHS 24. Pine Creek 7, Windsor 0.

Second quarter

PC — Bruhgardt 37 field goal. 10:19 left to play. Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 6:37. Key play: A 6-yard run by Wyatt Weiland on third-and-1 at the Windsor 27. Pine Creek 10, Windsor 0.

Team statistics

PC WHS

First downs 12 9

Rushes-yards 33-209 34-160

Passing 73 66

Comp-Att-Int 8-15-1 5-13-12

Sacked-yards lost 0-0 0-0

Punts-Avg. 3-39.0 3-38.3

Fumbles-lost 2-1 1=0

Penalties-yards 3-28 3-15

Individual leaders

Rushing — PC: David Moore III 23-116, Wyatt Weiland 7-29. WHS: Connor Apodaca 10-50, Brandon Ramirez 14-9.

Passing — PC: J.C. Coulter 8-15-1-73. WHS: Connor Apodaca 5-13-2-66.

Receiving — PC: Wyatt Weiland 1-18. W: Brayden Pederson 3-34.

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