Wizards smash Berthoud 35-13; Glenn scores 4 touchdowns
September 19, 2009
Don’t ever tell Tanner Walker that there’s no crying in football. The 6-foot-4 senior wide receiver hopes he cries like a baby after every Windsor High School football game this year.
Walker and his Windsor teammates scratched a seven-year itch off their backs by destroying Berthoud 35-13 in a Class 3A Tri-Valley Conference game Friday night at H.J. Dudley Field in Windsor. After six straight losses to the Spartans, the Wizards made sure they wouldn’t lose a seventh time by jumping out to a 21-0 lead on three Conner Glenn first-half touchdown runs (3, 68 and 16 yards). The Wizards improved to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in conference, while the Spartans dropped to 1-2 overall, 1-1 in conference.
“Oh my gosh. This is the best feeling I ever had,” Walker said. “I don’t know why I’m crying, but I am and it’s awesome. I just can’t even explain it. I’m drained, and I love it. I’m crying. I’m crying. I am really crying. I’ve never been so happy to cry. I cried after Fossil Ridge. I hope I cry a lot more for good times.”
The closet the Spartans, who were 3A state champions just two years ago, would get to the Wizards was 21-7 when running back Kent Flynn reversed field from right to left to score from 45 yards out with 56 seconds left in the half.
Walker ended up making Berthoud’s defensive backs cry all night. The lanky receiver caught five passes for 106 yards, including a nifty 49-yard touchdown reception from backup quarterback Tyler Winder, who caught a flea-flicker from quarterback Trevor Okamoto, and then drilled a bullet to Walker with 8 seconds left in the first half to put the Wizards on top 28-7.
“We weren’t going to let these guys take another one in our house, because it is our house and we’re going to protect it with all our might,” Walker said.
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Windsor scored its last touchdown of the night on a scintillating run from 85 yards down the right sideline from Glenn. The senior running back broke one tackle, and then lowered his shoulder and ran through another tackler before Usain-Bolting down the sideline for a 35-7 Windsor lead. Glenn’s fourth touchdown of the night gave him eight in three games. His 258 rushing yards on 18 carries now gives Glenn 663 yards on 44 carries (15 yards per carry) in three games (221 yards per game). Glenn needs only 125 yards against Fort Lupton on Friday to surpass his 2008 total of 787 rushing yards.
The Spartans added their last touchdown to make it 35-13 with 4:43 left in the third quarter on a 22-yard pass from Zachary Ruebesam to Pat Conrey.
Spartans head coach Dan McGinn’s post-game comments showed he wasn’t used to losing to Windsor, especially by three touchdowns. McGinn wasn’t in the mood to talk about Windsor and was short with his answers.
“You never talked to me all the years we were winning. Now you come over here and want to talk when we lose,” McGinn said.
On Glenn’s performance, McGinn said: “He runs hard, and he’s fast.”
On his team’s performance, he said: “You can’t get behind on a team like that.”
On Windsor snapping his team’s six-game winning streak: “It’s just another game on our schedule. We had a nice streak against them. We don’t make any big deals about games because they’re all big in the Tri-Valley.”
The Windsor defense played lights out for most of the night holding McGinn’s Spartans without a first down until 7:48 was left in the second quarter.
Three sacks by defensive end Jake Robinson, an interception and pass knock down by cornerback Derek Warner and a swarming defense held the Spartans in check all night. Robinson didn’t want to talk about himself. Instead, he wanted to spread the love to all his Windsor brothers.
“I really don’t want to take any credit for this personally. As a whole, we’re just working really hard and everybody’s sticking to their gaps,” said the 6-1, 200-pound Robinson. “We just stick to our assignments and that opens up positions for everybody. It’s not really one particular player on our defense. We’re all working together, and that’s what’s paying off for us. We have a really good bond together, and I love all those guys.”
Robinson said losing to Berthoud six times in a row made an impact on him.
“It’s really what drove me because six years is a long time, and a lot of guys who had to weep over losses and stuff,” he said. “A win against them was really, really heartfelt.”
• Windsor senior safety Taylor Arnold’s shoulder popped out in the second half. Arnold left the game, but returned later when it was popped back in. “Taylor Arnold showed the grit to come back into the game. It was amazing,” Walker said. “He popped it out, went into the locker room and didn’t miss a beat.”
• Walker catches just about everything thrown his way. “My dad always preaches, ‘Any ball is yours.’ I did my best tonight.”
• Wizards coach Chris Jones said if someone would have told the seniors when they were freshmen that they’d beat Berthoud by three touchdowns, they would have said that person was crazy. “For the community and the school, it’s a big win,” Jones said. “Before last year, it was like four years without a touchdown. We scored two last year. We scored five this year. That’s good news.”
• Okamoto said the team talked about the six-game losing streak all week, but the Wizards tried to not let revenge overtake them. “We tried to keep our heads on straight, but after the game you could just tell all of us seniors and just the guys who have been with the program a long time how much it meant to them,” he said. “Everybody cares now a lot more, and everybody wants to win the game of football instead of just coming out to play it.”
• Wizards center Adam Scheller was part of an offensive line that opened the holes for 309 rushing yards. “It’s a huge win for the team,” Scheller said. “Everybody in Windsor wanted to beat Berthoud. As coach Jones kept saying, ‘They’re not going to come in here in our house tonight and beat us. Never outworked, and it paid off. He told us this summer during 7-on-7 that we were going to come back in six weeks and beat them and look what happened, we did.”
WINDSOR 35, BERTHOUD 13
BHS 00 7 6 00 – 13
WHS 14 14 7 00 – 35
WHS – Conner Glenn 3 run (Terran Hause kick)
WHS – Glenn 68 run (Hause kick)
WHS – Glenn 16 run (Hause kick)
BHS – Kent Flynn 45 run (Colton Moore kick)
WHS – Tanner Walker 49 pass from Tyler Winder (Hause kick)
WHS – Glenn 85 run (Hause kick)
BHS – Pat Conrey 22 pass from Zachary Ruebesam (kick failed)
First downs 13 15
Rushes-yards 36-125 40-309
Passing 129 106
Comp-Att-Int 17-27-1 5-10-0
Punts 7-39.8 4-34.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties-Yards 8-140 8-65
Rushing: WHS – Conner Glenn 18-258 (4 TDs), Aaron Schmidt 9-61, Jacob Molina 1-2, Trevor Okamoto 3-(minus 3), Banning Lobmeyer 2-(minus 3), Dante Dennis 1-(minus 10). BHS – Kent Flynn 11-60 (TD); Gregory Glaser 10-59; Zachary Ruebesam 15-6.
Passing WHS – Okamoto 4-for-9 for 57 yards (0 TD, 0 INT; Tyler Winder 1-for-1 for 106 yards (1 TD, 0 INT). BHS – Ruebesam 17-for-27 for 140 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).
Receiving: WHS – Tanner Walker 5-106 (TD). BHS – Pat Conrey 8-77 (TD), Flynn 4-27, Brandon Bratcher 2-17, Glasser 1-19.
– Stats compiled by Luke Fasano