At halftime of last week’s game, the Windsor defense had allowed only 26 yards of offense to Thompson Valley. That sounds like domination, but the Wizards weren’t all that thrilled with the performance.
While the main goal is to keep the opponent off the scoreboard, the Wizards badly want to get turnovers.
“On defense, we’re greedy for the ball, that’s a fact,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “We want that ball … they’re well aware of that, ‘how many did we get, how many did we get?’ “
When the defense does start getting turnovers, as it did early in the second half against Thompson Valley, it’s a feeding frenzy.
“That’s a great feeling to know that you helped put that effort in to get the ball for (the offense), and when they score it’s a great feeling and makes you super energetic,” defensive end Sean Glenn said.
Through four games, the Wizards have forced eight turnovers and are allowing 11 points per game. The Wizards are only giving up 105 rushing yards and 103 passing yards per game.
“There’s 11 pieces to the puzzle, and they all have to work,” Jones said.
And there are valuable pieces up and down the lineup. Glenn is back to harassing quarterbacks after he missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury. Linebacker Lucas Watts is back after missing a game with a hand injury, and now has both hands free after playing the last three with a club on his hand. Duncan Goodrich is leading the team in tackles, and as Jones said, is a master at drawing double teams to free up his teammates.
And roaming the secondary is ball-hawking safety Lance Cox, who has two interceptions after picking off 13 passes last year. All work together to ensure success.
“We kind of have this little saying of play for our brothers and brotherhood and it’s all 11 guys out there playing for each other,” Glenn said. “No selfishness, no stupid penalties..”
Tonight, the unit will be tasked with shutting down Longmont quarterback Forrest Wetterstrom. He has surpassed 100 yards rushing in each of the three games he has played this season. And in a 31-27 win over Mountain View last week, he racked up 89 passing yards and 173 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
“The quarterback is a really, really incredible athlete,” Jones said. “He’s dynamic. That’s an understatement. He makes that offense go.”
But with the intensity of the work put into practice and the players on the defensive unit, Jones feels his group can stand up pretty well against most teams.
“Literally, all the time guys are flying to get (to the ball),” Jones said. “That’s one of the things we do in practice, we go ones on ones. So we get our better guys against our better guys, so that gets us a pretty good look.”
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