The trickiest game of the season is often the week after beating a rival. Just ask the CSU football team.
The Rams got dominated by North Dakota State after winning against the University of Colorado. Likewise, Windsor is coming off a victory against 5A rival Fossil Ridge and will travel to Monument on Friday to take on Palmer Ridge, a team that is 0-2, having been outscored 79-20 in its first two games.
Coach Chris Jones isn’t too concerned about a letdown, however. For the same reasons that he was confident his team would bounce back from a heartbreaking opening loss, he’s not worried about the foot coming off the gas pedal.
“We don’t like to lose,” Jones said. “They don’t like that feeling and they’re putting the work in to make sure that we cover all the bases that we have to cover to put ourselves in a position to win. I don’t feel a letdown. I feel we’re on the right track.”
Jones was also quick to say that the numbers attached to Palmer Ridge are deceiving. Based off of film he feels that the Bears moved the ball well last week against Vista Ridge, but were undone by turnovers. Palmer Ridge lost three fumbles and threw two interceptions in the game.
But even if Palmer Ridge is better than it looks on paper, Windsor is clearly the favorite in this game. The Wizards (1-1) are ranked No. 7 in 4A in the Denver Post Football Poll, with their loss coming by one point to the No. 1 team (Wheat Ridge).
Windsor will look to continue and build off an impressive rush attack that stymied Fossil Ridge. The Wizards ran for 284 yards and Jordan Porterfield, playing in his first game of the season, helped balance the attack, taking some of the onus off of quarterback Joe Sanger.
If Porterfield and Sanger are both able to run efficiently, and Sanger hits some key passes, the Windsor offense can be tough to stop.
And defensively, Jones hopes his unit will get better and better. Lucas Watts returned from injury last week and helped to harass Fossil Ridge quarterback Travis Avila all night. On Friday Windsor will get another body back on D.
Senior defensive end Sean Glenn will play, Jones said, allowing Watts to move back to linebacker and Jones hopes the additions of the two will help physically and mentally. After all, a couple of defensive stars that have been chomping at the bit to see the field aren’t about to allow their teammates to have a letdown.
“Just having those guys in the huddle, it changes the confidence,” Jones said. “It changes to ‘let’s go get these guys because we’ve been playing together for a couple of years. It’s us against them, let’s go stop these guys.’ I think we’re going to see our defenses confidence up a notch and some of the aggression, too.”
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