The Wizards were put in a situation they hadn’t been in since Week 1 Friday night. Trailing on the scoreboard.
Windsor never panicked. It never changed the game plan after a slow start offensively. The Wizards made a few key halftime adjustments on defense and now it’s all old news after they beat Loveland 18-14 in the Northern Conference matchup.
“We didn’t worry. Our kids didn’t have to change their approach,” said Windsor head coach Chris Jones. “We had to clean up some things. We were sloppy with some penalties, but I was proud of the way our team responded in the second half and played our kind of game.”
The last time Windsor trailed in a game this season was the Week 1 loss to now-ranked No. 1 Wheat Ridge. Since then, Windsor rolled by its opponents for five straight wins coming into Friday night’s game with Loveland.
Loveland (3-3, 2-2 Northern) went up 8-0 early on a Mike Zweigle 2-yard run, while Windsor looked all out of sorts in the first half. Penalties, missed scoring opportunities and missed tackles kept the Wizards down the same score at the half.
Early in the third quarter, Drew Bunday ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run, receiving a perfect pitch off a nice option read by quarterback Joseph Sanger. The Wizards converted the 2-point conversion to tie it up and turned the game over to the defense, which delivered.
The No. 5 Wizards (6-1, 4-0) forced two straight Loveland fumbles, recovered by Alex Weis and Sean McAvoy, respectively, leading to 10 Windsor points.
“The defense did a great job tonight. Outside of that first drive for Loveland, I thought we really battled with them up front. Loveland, they’ve got good size on the line. We went toe-to-toe with those guys,” Jones said. “After halftime, we wanted to run, run, run and really key in on their inside counter motion.”
Loveland scored late on a 29-yard touchdown from Zweigle to John Freismuth. They whiffed the extra point and the futile comeback attempt ended after Windsor secured the onside kick.
Windsor had a chance to punch it in for a score just before halftime, but Alex Baldwin caught a Blake Bunday pass on a halfback toss at the 1-yard line on fourth and 12, snapping a streak of five straight games scoring in the last minute of the first half.