Tapia, physical Windsor defense dominate Fort Collins
September 19, 2015
Corte Tapia was a friendly neighbor Friday.
Just make sure to go no further than that in comparing Tapia to the mild-mannered Mister Rogers.
While he was all too kind to his teammate and neighbor — Windsor junior quarterback Brad Peeples — Tapia displayed plenty of nastiness toward his opponent. The rest of the Wizards defense followed suit in a 30-6 nonleague football win against Fort Collins on Friday at H.J. Dudley Field.
"We're really coming together right now," said Tapia, Windsor's standout junior linebacker. "It helps that everyone is brothers and we're all friends off the field. When your quarterback is your neighbor, you've got to have his back."
Tapia and the rest of the Wizards' defense most definitely had Peeples' back as Windsor (3-0) — ranked fourth in Class 4A by The Associated Press — wreaked havoc on the No. 7 Lambkins (1-2) all night long.
As Wizards coach Chris Jones astutely put it, "there was a lot of snot-knocking going on."
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Windsor's physical, high-flying defense set up Peeples and the offense with short field position that resulted in two momentum-building first-half touchdowns.
"The defense played very well and set the tone for us," said Peeples, who triggered the team's triple option attack with 54 rushing yards and two touchdowns. "The offense, I think we picked it up in the third quarter. That was a chain-breaker quarter."
Jones often talks about "breaking the chain" in the third quarter, in which his team uses the critical quarter to break one link off each chain that represents Windsor's season.
The Wizards' defense practically gift-wrapped the pair of early touchdowns as the Wizards went up 16-6 by halftime.
After Windsor recovered a fumble on Fort Collins' 13, Peeples coasted into the end zone untouched to put Windsor up 6-0 with 8 minutes, 18 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Peeples struck again on an 8-yard run to cap a 48-yard drive, and Landon Schmidt ran in the two-point conversion to put the Wizards up 16-0 with 11:04 left in the first half.
Sandwiched between Peeples' two touchdown runs: Windsor also scored on a safety off a Dylan Becker punt block, which sailed out the back of the end zone, with 2:55 left in the first.
"That was an emotion turn," Jones said.
Fort Collins never gained any traction after a quick 74-yard scoring drive in the final 2 minutes of the second quarter.
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Tapia led a fierce Windsor defense, racking up a slew of tackles and being involved in three of the team's four sacks.
Windsor was in cruise control after Becker, a senior, blocked a punt for a safety with 2:55 left in the first. Then, Peeples scored his second touchdown with 11:04 left in the second to put the Wizards up 16-0.
Windsor will try to continue its perfect start to the season when it faces Greeley Central (2-1) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at District 6 Stadium in Greeley.
Fort Collins will try to bounce back at Longmont (3-0) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
FCHS 0 6 0 0 — 6
WHS 8 8 14 0 — 30
WHS — Brad Peeples 13 run (run failed), 8:18. Drive: 1 play, 13 yards, :06. Windsor 6, Fort Collins 0.
WHS — Dylan Becker safety, 2:55. Windsor 8, Fort Colllins 0
WHS — Peeples 8 run (Landon Schmidt run), 11:04. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 3:46. Windsor 16, Fort Collins 0.
FCHS — Leone 10 pass from Lange (run failed), :07.8. Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 1:27. Windsor 16, Fort Collins 6.
WHS — Jake Shields 41 run (Peeples run), 11:03. Drive: 3 plays, 61 yards, :49. Windsor 24, Fort Collins 6.
WHS — Brandon Ramirez 7 run (pass failed), 6:36. Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards, 2:18. Windsor 30, Fort Collins 6.
First downs 12 9
Rushes-yards 54-106 45-78
Passing 125 18
Comp-Att-Int 12-24-2 1-2-0
Sacked-yards lost 4-36 0-0
Punts-Avg. 6-22.5 7-31.1
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-0
Penalties-yards 4-45 3-30
Rushing — FCHS, Weaver 10-41. WHS, Shields 14-78 (TD); Ramirez 7-62 (TD); Peeples 12-54 (2 TDs).
Passing — FCHS, Cory Lange 12-24-2 (TD); WHS, Peeples 1-2-0-18.
Receiving — FCHS, Harpham 5-80. WHS, Brady Bowman 1-18.