Wizards top Central
October 22, 2016
The Windsor Wizards have a short memory.
Coming off of a loss to Monarch a week ago, Windsor quickly quelled any concerns about a carry over performance against Greeley Central Friday night.Utilizing a complete team effort, Windsor coasted to a 56-14 victory over the Wildcats Friday night.
Windsor (2-1 4A Northern, 5-3 overall) jumped on the Wildcats early. Following a game-opening 62-yard kick return by Brandon Ramirez, senior quarterback Brad Peeples found the end zone on the Wizards' opening play from scrimmage to put Windsor up 7-0.
The pressure continued defensively as the Wizards were continuously in the face of Greeley Central quarterback Rodolfo Escamilla.
On Central's first possession, Escamillia's pass over the middle was picked by Jake Hammond who returned it 35 yards to give Windsor an early 14-0 lead.
Windsor's defense was still hungry on the Wildcats' second offensive series — Escamilla was rocked by a huge hit from senior Corte Tapia and his rushed pass found the arms of Andy Evans. While Greeley Central's defense prevented Windsor from converting that turnover into points, another first quarter interception a few moments later helped put Windsor comfortably ahead 21-0.
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Windsor head coach Skylar Brower said Windsor's defensive scheme was different which helped create problems for Greeley Central.
"We did a few things differently from our base defense, and let Corte (Tapia) get a little more pressure," he said.
Greeley Central (0-3 4A Northern, 0-8 overall) refused to simply allow the game to pass it by without fighting back. Down 35-0, junior Brett Yackey found a huge hole on a halfback draw and rumbled for 75 yards to put the Wildcats on the board 35-7. The score gave Greeley Central a bit of momentum on defense as linebacker Jordan Cervantes recorded a sack and kept Windsor from answering back for the remainder of the first quarter.
Greeley Central continued to show resiliency throughout the game even with the win well out of reach.
After receiving the second half kickoff Escamilla connected on three consecutive passes to Cervantes who was a bright spot offensively for Greeley Central. Just a few plays later junior wide receiver Donovan Salazar snuck behind the defense and took in a 37-yard touchdown pass from Escamilla.
Brower was really impressed with the Wildcats' desire to not quit despite the lopsided score.
"We knew (Greeley Central) had a really good offense and if we didn't get after them defensively they could cause problems. They have a lot of good athletes on the edge," Brower said.
As the regular season winds down Windsor senior Corte Tapia knows every game is important and said coming out with an emphatic victory was important to show opponents the Wizards are serious about making a playoff push.
"It was good to come out and play fast and get a good start to the game and come out ready and show that we're (going to) keep fighting for that playoff spot and we're not getting (frustrated by losses) and we keep bouncing back.
Windsor visits Skyline on Thursday in a key 4A Northern conference matchup. Tapia knows Friday night's level of performance has to continue if Windsor hopes to be successful.
"We really need to come out strong as a team and play like we did today," Tapia said. "We gotta get pressure on the quarterback, and the offense needs to keep doing what it did tonight."
WHS 35 14 0 7 — 56
GCHS 7 0 7 0 — 14
Passing — Connor Apodaca 3/3 48 yards, 1TD
Rushing — Four carries, 129 yards, 3TDs
Receiving —Brayden Pedersen Two receptions, 40 yards, 1TD
Passing — Rodolfo Escamilla 4/17 48 yards, 4 int, 1 TD
Rushing — Brett Yackey Six carries 84 yards, 1 TD
Receiving — Donovan Salazar one reception 37 yards, 1 TD
Passing — 48 yards
Rushing — 272 yards
First Downs — 11
Penalties — 4
Turnovers — 1
Passing — 74 yards
Rushing — 110
First Downs — 2
Penalties — 10
Turnovers — 4