The Windsor High School football team is looking to replace the bad taste left in its mouth after suffering its first loss of the season.
The Wizards (2-1), who were edged by Fort Collins 13-12 at French Field on Friday, Sept. 12, will return home to host Greeley Central (2-1) in their homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.
“Bottom line is that we’re going to come back,” coach Chris Jones said after Windsor’s loss. “This day is over, and we’re going to continue to work and get better. We’ll keep going forward.”
Windsor will be coming back to a H.J. Dudley Field that has treated it well, opening the season with two straight wins over Roosevelt and Broomfield. Here is what Windsor must do to bounce back.
Keep Tanner Bohm healthy: The senior quarterback was hit hard in the second quarter of Windsor’s loss at Fort Collins. He was slow to get up but eventually was able to walk off the field on his own. He didn’t play another snap.
The Wizards did OK under backup Brad Peeples, who connected with Noah Winick for an 11-yard touchdown on his only pass attempt of the game. But Bohm’s absence took away from the effectiveness of the triple-option Windsor often runs.
Continue having options: The Wizards are successful when different players emerge and take control of the game. Running back Jake Shields led the way in the season opener in which he picked up 94 yards on 15 carries. The following week against Broomfield, Bohm took control, finishing the game with two rushing touchdowns and 115 yards. He also added a touchdown in the air.
Spreading the wealth is key because it gives opposing defenses a hard time trying to figure out which player on which to focus.
Reignite the defense: Another reason the Wizards were able to blow past Broomfield was their performance on both sides of the football. Windsor’s defense was huge in week two, coming up with four interceptions, which stole the game’s momentum every time Broomfield started to get something together.
Friday’s home game will be an opportunity for Windsor to bounce back before spending the next couple weeks on the road. After their matchup with Greeley Central, the Wizards won’t play on their home field until Oct. 10 against Longmont.
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Up next: Greeley Central (2-1) at Windsor (2-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at H.J. Dudley Field
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