Windsor football team shows strength in scrimmage with Poudre

Windsor football team shows strength in scrimmage with Poudre

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Windsor football team shows strength in scrimmage with Poudre

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Somebody might want to cover Alex Baldwin.

In Friday night’s scrimmage between Poudre and Windsor, there were two names that popped up on the stat sheet time and time again — Baldwin and quarterback Joe Sanger. The Wizards’ seniors connected for four touchdown passes, three of which were from 30 or more yards out.

There wasn’t an official score kept, with JV playing on one half of the field and varsity the other, but it was clear Windsor was the winner, scoring eight touchdowns to Poudre’s three.

Sanger finished the hour-and-a-half scrimmage by completing 8 of 12 passes for 142 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 102 with two more scores. Baldwin had four receptions for 112 yards.

“It feels like home out there,” Sanger said. “This is the second year Alex and I have played together, so we’re starting to get our rhythm down.”

There was little Windsor’s offense couldn’t do, keeping Poudre guessing thanks to its triple-option attack. Defensively for the Wizards, they gave up a few decent-sized runs to Poudre back Justin Moreng, but made up for it by intercepting five passes.

Moreng carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Friday was the first chance for the Impalas to compete in a format other than intrasquad under new coach Dan Reardon and, as was expected, Poudre showed some growing pains it needs to overcome — thus the purpose of an offseason scrimmage.

“As far as the scheme stuff and everything, our players are learning what the coaches want and all of that stuff. We’ll get there. It’s a process and it doesn’t happen over night,” Reardon said. “We’ve had basically eight practices to install an offense and defense and ran into a team that knows how to win. They’re state champions for a reason.

“It was a great test and really good for our kids to see.”

Chris Jones, who led Windsor to the Class 3A state championship last fall, appreciated the effort his team showed Friday night, especially from inexperienced players on the offensive line, where the Wizards are replacing three graduating seniors.

Ten new starting positions are up for grabs, and what Jones saw gave him faith Windsor will be OK come time for the season-opener against Wheat Ridge on Aug. 31.

“The biggest thing we were looking for tonight was, ‘do we play together?’ and ‘how well do the new guys rise up to a bad play here or there?'” said Jones, now in his sixth season at Windsor. “What we worked on in the offseason was our play action pass game and did it from April, May until now. That’s the main thing we want to get better at.

“I feel good about what I saw from our guys in terms of stepping up and not being too nervous.”

Follow reporter Matt L. Stephens at twitter.com/mattstephens and facebook.com/stephensreporting.

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