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Windsor football wins playoff opener with shutout of Pueblo West

Baker Geist
For The Tribune

A staunch defensive performance saw No. 9 Windsor top No. 8 Pueblo West 13-0 on Friday night in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Pueblo West (4-1 4A Southern, 7-4 overall) came into the game riding senior Devyn Williams. The quick tailback leads Class 4A in rushing and came into Friday's contest averaging 184.2 yards per game.

Windsor's defense was well-prepared, however, limiting Williams to just 48 yards on 17 carries.

"It was just 11 guys buying in on defense," Windsor head coach Skylar Brower said. "It was an understanding of guys role on defense and executing."

Junior linebacker Joel Kopcow recorded eight tackles on the evening and aided his teammates all night in slowing down the legs of Williams, and Pueblo West's momentum.

His biggest contribution came on the biggest play of the night.

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Following a big interception by Deandre Gonzalez for Pueblo West late in the third quarter, the Cyclones found life offensively. After being held to just two first downs, senior quarterback Jacob Wilkinson completed passes of 11, 24, and 18, driving the ball deep into Windsor territory. With momentum on its side, Pueblo West went for the first down on a fourth-and 4 play with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game.

With the crowd at a fever pitch, Kopcow deflected a bullet pass over the middle, ending the momentum shift and preventing the start of a comeback by the Cyclones.

Brower said Kopcow is "quietly" a leading tackler on the team and wasn't surprised by his performance. His modesty shining through, Kopcow credits his teammates for his big night.

"It was a good performance by our team," Kopcow said. "A lot of people on our team set up opportunities for me to make plays. I think overall it was just good to help out the team and create opportunities based on our team's performance."

While the Wizards' offense didn't light up the scoreboard it did effectively control the clock throughout the game. On the legs of quarterback Brad Peeples, junior wingback Brandon Ramirez, and senior fullback Corte Tapia, Windsor effectively kept Pueblo West out of rhythm.

While the lead was narrow throughout the night, putting together sustaining drives — much like the nine-play seven-minute drive after Kopcow's deflection in the fourth quarter — was a part of the gameplan throughout the week. Even if some long drives yielded no points.

Windsor (4-1 4A Northern 8-3 overall) will wait and see who its next opponent is. The Wizards will play the winner of No. 1 Denver South and No. 16 Vista Ridge. Those two teams play today at 1 p.m.

PWHS — 0 0 0 0 — 0

WHS — 7 6 0 0 — 13

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

WHS — Brad Peeples 25-yard touchdown run. (Conversion Julia Broghammer). 7-0, 5:49

2nd Quarter

WHS — Jaedyn Traut 3-yard touchdown run (Conversion no good). 13-0, 3:48

Individual leaders

PWHS

Passing — Jacob Wilkonson 4/11 59 yards.

Rushing — Devyn Morgan 17 carries, 48 yards.

Receiving — Mitchell Mayber one reception 24 yards.

WHS

Passing — Brad Peeples 1/3 3 yards one interception.

Rushing — Brad Peeples 23 carries, 104 yards, one touchdown.

Receiving — Vaughn Oliva one reception, 3 yards.