Windsor football defeats Greeley Central
October 19, 2017
So often in football all the talk is about the offense.
How many points were scored, how many touchdowns the quarterback threw for or how many yards a running back had.
But there is another side of the ball. And one person who hasn't forgot about it is Windsor coach Chris Jones.
That was evident in the 44-0 shutout the Wizards (2-0 Class 4A Northern Conference, 6-1 overall) handed Northern Conference foe Greeley Central on Thursday night at District 6 stadium.
"Those guys flew around against an elaborate offense that's averaging I don't know how many points," Jones said. "(Central coach Gary Luster's) offense is pretty potent and our guys did a great job keeping them out of the end zone and making plays."
The Wildcats (1-2, 2-6 overall) are averaging just over 21 points per game, but have ramped up their offense of late, scoring 44 last week in a loss to Skyline and 35 in a win over Fort Collins two weeks ago.
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"We were moving the ball, we just couldn't finish drives," Luster said. "And we turned the ball over too many times tonight and that hurt us. … We have to play perfect football to beat a team like this."
Central played far from perfect, but Windsor played a big role in that. Along with a safety in the second quarter, the Wizards defense forced two Wildcat fumbles and three interceptions.
"They run a spread, which isn't what we usually see," said defensive back Darren Peeples, who had an interception and added a touchdown on a punt return. "But we saw what we needed to see on film and during practice to get after them today."
The offense doesn't want to be forgotten about either, though.
Fullbacks Noah Montague and Isaiah Salazar each scored a pair of touchdowns and the Wizards rushed for 223 yards on their way to 44 points.
And they did that without quarterback Connor Apodaca for most of the game. Apodaca went down hard late in the first quarter after a hit by Brett Yackey and didn't return.
But junior Chase Lanckriet stepped up to fill his shoes nicely. He picked up right where Apodaca let off and directed the offense seamlessly.
"We've battled through injuries with so many people so it's really hit us hard having to trust the next man up," Lanckriet said. "But it's worked out well for us, so we've really been able to build off that and get better each week."
Salazar — who was the next man up last week — echoed his quarterback's thoughts.
"There's got to be a big next-man-up mentality," he said. "We're not a me-team. We're a we-team."
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The offense and defense already got a mention, so it's only right to include special teams.
Along with Peeples's punt return touchdown, the Wizards forced the Wildcats to start multiple drives from within their own 10 and had them battling uphill for field position all night.
"Special teams played lights out. In all aspects," Jones said. "I thought it was an outstanding job by the kicker and the coverage units."
Once the Wizards got on the board they were off and running. After being held scoreless for the first 11 minutes, Windsor found itself up 23-0 only eight minutes later.
Central looks to bounce back next Friday at 7 p.m. when it heads to Loveland to take on Mountain View.
Windsor has will have to brace for its third top-10 matchup of the season at 7 p.m. that same day when it hosts No. 10-ranked Skyline.
"We're just going to do what we do, we're going to stick to what we know and we're going to prepare well and just try to execute on Friday," Peeples said.
WHS 7 23 14 0 — 44
GCHS 0 0 0 0 — 0
WHS — Noah Montague 3 run (Julia Broghammer kick) 0:32. Drive: 12 plays, 68 yards, 4:27. Windsor 7, Greeley Central 0.
WHS — Darren Peeples 70 punt return (Broghammer kick) 10:32. Windsor 14, Greeley Central 0.
WHS — Safety 9:33. Windsor 16, Greeley Central 0.
WHS — Montague 7 run (Broghammer kick) 4:39. Drive: 9 plays, 41 yards, 4:40. Windsor 23, Greeley Central 0.
WHS — Isaiah Salazar 30 run (Broghammer kick) 1:30. Drive: 7 plays, 68 yards, 3:49. Windsor 37, Greeley Central 0.
WHS — Salazar 51 run (Broghammer kick) 10:29. Drive: 4 plays, 50 yards, 1:03. Windsor 37, Greeley Central 0.
WHS — Logan Thornton 8 pass from Chase Lanckriet (Broghammer kick) 6:23. Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, 2:41. Windsor 44, Greeley Central 0.
First Downs 14 9
Rushes-yards 36-223 17-128
Passing 4-23 23-135
Comp-Att-Int 17-23-3 2-4-0
Punts-Avg. 2-44.5 1-19
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 9-85 2-24
Rushing — WHS, Isaiah Salazar 7-88 (2TD), Noah Montague 8-47 (2TD); GCHS, Rodolfo Escamilla 8-49, Brett Yackey 4-8
Passing — WHS, Connor Apodaca 1-0-15, Chase Lanckriet 1-0-8 (TD); GCHS, Rodolfo Escamilla 17-3-135.
Receiving — WHS, Logan Thornton 1-8 (TD), Brandon Ramirez 1-15; GCHS, Adrian Escamilla 7-46, Yackey 5-36, Donovan Salazar 3-40.