Even moving up a classification to 4A, the Windsor High School football team is getting recognition in the preseason.
The Wizards are ranked No. 8 in the Denver Post coaches and media poll, even receiving a first-place vote. The preseason ranking follows a year in which Windsor went 13-1 and defeated Silver Creek to win the 3A state championship in 2011.
“It’s an honor to be recognized in the top 10,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “Our kids have worked very hard over the past six years to put our program where it is and the coaching staff has done a fantastic job with the fundamental instruction that helps us play sound football.”
Monarch is ranked first in 4A, with Windsor’s Northern 4A conference rivals Longmont (No. 2) and Greeley West (No. 7) making the top 10. Six different teams received first-place votes with last season’s champion, Valor Christian, making the move to 5A.
Even though it lost star offensive lineman Joey O’Connor to graduation, Windsor still returns most of its key players from a year ago and expects to be in the mix in the wide open 4A with Valor (who is No.1 at 5A) out of the mix.
“Without those guys there, I’ll be perfectly frank, there’s a greater opportunity for other teams to be successful,” Jones said.
Windsor opens its season at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 against Wheat Ridge (ranked No. 5) at home.
There are no teams from Northern Colorado ranked in 5A.
Resurrection Christian School is ranked sixth in the 1A poll. The Cougars went 7-4 a season ago and open their 2012 schedule on Aug. 31 against Peyton.