A team is usually best when it sticks to its identity. Straying from the usual game plan can sometimes throw an opponent off, but more often than not it just makes players try and perform tasks they aren’t used to.
The Windsor football team’s identity is to pound the ball with the triple-option attack, then play stingy defense.
The Wizards stuck to that plan perfectly on Friday night in a 27-17 win on the road against Longmont.
In the first half it was the patented Windsor (4-1, 2-0 Northern Conference) rushing attack that led the way. The Wizards dominated the ball, putting up 271 rush yards (and zero pass yards) in the first two quarters as Windsor rushed out to a 21-7 halftime lead.
Longmont (2-3, 1-1) opened the second half with an almost six-minute touchdown drive and carried all the momentum in the third as the Trojans cut the deficit to 21-17.
“They converted on some fourth downs where we had them wrapped up, we had them stuffed, but just didn’t put them down,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “That’s going to happen sometimes in a game where you give up a drive.”
Windsor did respond, driving inside the Longmont 20 in the fourth quarter, but a fumble inside the 10 gave the Trojans the ball back with a chance to go on a game-winning drive. But the team philosophy that Jones preaches came through as the defense stepped up to seal the game.
On the first play following the fumble, the Longmont quarterback dropped back to pass. Windsor’s Lance Cox jumped the route, intercepting the pass. A few plays later quarterback Joe Sanger ran in from six yards out to seal the win.