This is the way homecoming is supposed to go. The fans are packed with students, parents and those returning to visit old friends and the football team performing on the field.
It wasn’t that way last year for Windsor. The Wizards only loss on the season came on homecoming against Silver Creek, something they aimed to correct this year.
And they did so emphatically with a 49-0 over Greeley Central (1-5, 0-3 Northern conference).
The tone was set right from the start. The Windsor (5-1, 3-0) defense quickly got the ball to the offense after the Wizards kicked off. Windsor moved right down the field, scoring on the first possession. And the second possession. And the third possession.
By the end of the first quarter it was 21-0 Windsor.
The roll kept going in the second quarter as the defense got quick stops, getting the ball back for the offense. In the first half Greeley Central had only 34 yards of offense and two first downs. The Wizards were up 35-0 at the break.
“Defensively, it’s nice when its three-and-out and you get back out there and make a drive happen,” coach Chris Jones said.
After scoring on the first drive of the second half Windsor was up 42-0 and the game was played with a running clock the rest of the game.
Throughout, Windsor used big gains offensively as quarterback Joe Sanger was able to make the right choice almost every time while running the option.
“Joe is just an outstanding quarterback,” said Blake Bunday, who finished the game with 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns. “He knows how to read defenses very well. He makes me not have to look at the ball, he puts it right there every time so I can read the defense.”
Sanger had 106 rush yards of his own (1 TD) and completed two of three passes for 52 yards.
A large homecoming crowd witnessed the win in the Wizards first home game in three weeks.
“It’s been a tempting week to think about other things, but coach was really on us to stay focused,” Bunday said.
Once the game was out of reach in the second half Jones was able to pull the starters and insert players that don’t see a lot of first team action, allowing an on-field reward for a scout team that does all the dirty work in practice preparing the Wizards top units for action.
“I was in the same boat last year,” Bunday said. “I moved here for the first year and ran scout the whole year, then when we got up in games like this it was just awesome because we got to go in and experience what it was like.”
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