Windsor football rolls past Fort Collins
November 5, 2016
WINDSOR — Despite the chilled breeze throughout the air, the Windsor Wizards football team couldn't be slowed. Behind a red-hot defensive performance, Windsor cruised to a 44-0 victory over Fort Collins on senior night at HJ Dudley Field.
It was evident early on — after senior Windsor senior Corte Tapia blocked and returned a punt 20 yards for a touchdown — that special teams and defense was going to set the tone throughout the night.
"This group definitely feeds off of those big plays and they get excited. It helps step up that effort level all across the board. That's good to see," Windsor coach Skylar Brower said.
It didn't take long for another senior to get involved. On a third-and-long, a bobbled pass from Fort Collins quarterback Jonathan Erickson found the arms of senior Andy Evans. Seven plays and three minutes later, senior quarterback Brad Peeples scrambled in from nine yards out to put Windsor up 13-0. After that score, the lead just kept growing for Windsor.
"My hat's off to our defensive coordinator he did a great job preparing (the defense)," Brower said. "Fort Collins strength on film was the screen game and our defensive coordinator did a great job of preparing them for that."
Fort Collins (1-4 4A Northern, 2-8 overall) wasn't able to answer back. The Lambkins were held without a first down for most of the first half. After failing to convert a fourth and short to open the second quarter, Erickson later completed an 18-yard pass to Jackson Shoor with just under six minutes remaining in the half to earn the Lambkins a first down. First downs were hard to come by as Fort Collins only earned two more the rest of the evening.
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Perhaps most impressive was Windsor's ability to continue dominance in the second half. With the lead and in firm control, Erickson still felt pressure from the Windsor defense. Senior defensive lineman Storm Fox recorded two sacks in the third quarter to put an exclamation point on a decisive victory for the Wizards.
Windsor (4-1, 7-3) is ranked No. 9 in the state by CHSAANow and 6th in the latest Power Rankings by the Denver Post. Headed to the playoffs, the defending 4A state champions have areas in which to improve. The biggest hinderance for Windsor at times is penalties. Windsor recorded 12 penalties which took away some big plays by the offense and in the playoffs could prove even more costly.
"Guys just have to be smarter. … There's lots of offensive holding plays on the edge and (the offensive line) has to know that when they lose the battle, they have to let go," Brower said. "We just have to be smarter and we'll work those details this week."
While seeing the need to cut down on penalties, Brower is proud of his team and the 23 seniors headed to the playoffs. While there is certainly more pressure when playing high school football in November, Brower believes Windsor's experience from a year ago will aid the Wizards this year.
"They have experience," Brower said. "Those four games last year will pay dividends because we know what it takes. … We have to be on top of our game and pay attention to details so little things like penalties don't hold us back."
FCHS — 0 0 0 0 — 0
WHS — 20 10 14 0 — 44
WHS— Blocked punt returned by Tapia ( Conversion Julia Broghammer ). 7-0.
WHS — Peeples 9-yard run (Conversion no good). 13-0.
WHS — Peeples 8-yard run (Conversion Broghammer). 20-0.
WHS —Brandon Ramirez 2-yard run (Conversion Broghammer). 27-0.
WHS — 26 Yard Field Goal by Broghammer 30-0.
WHS — Ramirez 6-yard run (Conversion Broghammer) 37-0.
WHS — Keller Kretchmer 15-yard run (Conversion Broghammer) 44-0.
Passing — Connor Apodaca 9/12 98 yards
Rushing — Peeples 12 carries 88 yards, 2TD
Receiving —Brayden Pederson Two receptions, 40 yards
Passing — Erickson 5/12 27 yards
Rushing — Connor Mcgraw 5 carries 5 yards
Receiving — Jake Leone Two receptions 22 yard