Chris Jones simply isn’t going to bite on the question. Not until after the schedule is officially completed.
A couple of weeks ago, the Windsor football coach was asked about the possibility of winning a conference title. He acknowledged it was on the flowchart of things his team wanted to complete but would go no further about its importance.
But after Windsor’s win last week against Niwot, combined with Longmont’s loss, the fifth-ranked Wizards (8-1, 6-0) officially clinched the 4A Northern Conference championship.
Yet Jones still won’t revel in the title with one game still remaining in the regular season, tonight at Greeley West.
“It’s definitely something that’s good for the program. It’s great for the tradition of what these guys have worked for here,” Jones said.
“But the No. 1 thing is we still have this one more game that we want to win. Until Greeley West finishes playing us, we don’t want to talk about that until then. We’ll have a nice little brief celebration and relax on Saturday.”
Greeley West might be 3-6 on the season but has shown plenty improvement as of late.
Jones said the Wizards are using the week to get players repetitions in different positions so they will have added depth come playoff time. They also have worked on some different play calls to add to the repertoire.
“We’ve worked on getting a couple guys different looks on D and O,” Jones said. “We’ve also concentrated on a couple tweaks in how we run things normally. From those tweaks we’re trying to set ourselves up for some good play calls and some good down-and-distance calls defensively.”
The Spartans have won their last two games, against Greeley Central and Mountain View. Greeley West has struggled to score points but have a game-changer in running back David Eddy. The senior has rushed for 968 yards, averaging six yards per carry.
Eddy and Austin Waterman also anchor a stingy defense that stifled an impressive Mountain View attack last week. Jones knows that it will be a good final test for his team as it gears up for the playoffs.
“They’ve played recently with a lot of heart and got after the last two teams that faced them,” Jones said. “They held Mountain View to 195 yards. That’s a solid defensive effort; you can’t overlook that, and we are not overlooking that whatsoever.”
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