Sometimes it really pays off for a team to have a simple approach. That is especially the case when preparation for a game is cut a day short.
The Windsor football team doesn’t use a complicated offensive game plan most days; the Wizards just run a select set of plays that it tries to execute very well. That’s all for the best when, as is the case this week, there is a shortened time to prepare.
Instead of playing on its usual Friday slot, Windsor takes on Thompson Valley on tonight.
“Having that fourth day (in between games) you get some down time to go through less physical and more mental (preparation),” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “This week you get three physical and mental days, and it’s rushed on special teams as well.”
Windsor, 2-1 and ranked No. 6 in 4A, has some key players on both sides of the ball that are banged up, but they will have to play on shortened rest.
The game marks the first game for Windsor in its new conference, Northern 4A. And in a sport that is built on routine, the fact that they are playing in a new place can create some discomfort for the Wizards.
“It’s awkward to say, but we have to get used to going to new environments, as opposed to where we’ve played in the past,” Jones said. “It’s new environments, it’s tougher competition. These guys are definitely well coached. From what I’ve seen they’re a little more disciplined than we are right now.”
Thompson Valley (2-1) has had its ups and downs this season. Clint Fick took the reins late in the summer and the Eagles had to forfeit their first game, one they had won 14-0 against Golden, after realizing they had used an ineligible player.
They then won their next two games with stingy defense and a solid run game. Including the stats from the game that was later forfeited, Thompson Valley has allowed only 28 points in three games. Running back Francisco Marquez is averaging 112 yards per game.
Three weeks after making its 4A debut, Windsor is now ready to put its mark down against new rivals.
“We’re going into a new conference, which is a tough conference historically,” Jones said. “We have to embrace that ‘hey, we are now in the Northern Conference. Here is Northern Conference football; here’s how it’s played.’ “