Windsor football wins season opener with new quarterback

Windsor football wins season opener with new quarterback

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Windsor quarterback Brad Peeples, shown in a scrimmage last month, made his first start Friday night. The Wizards defeated Roosevelt 25-12 on the road.

Windsor quarterback Brad Peeples, shown in a scrimmage last month, made his first start Friday night. The Wizards defeated Roosevelt 25-12 on the road.

Friday night was a learning experience.

For the first time in 293 days, the Windsor High School football team took the field in its 2015 season opener. The Wizards pulled out a 25-12 road win at Roosevelt while also finding out how far their off-season training had carried them.

Windsor was sporting new uniforms and operating with a new player under center. Junior quarterback Brad Peeples made his first varsity start, which was highlighted with both explosive plays and nervous moments.

Peeples finished the game as Windsor’s leading rusher, carrying for 98 yards on 12 touches. He was quick, and even busted free for gains of 30-plus yards twice in the first half.

On the flip side, he threw his first interception in the second half and struggled when putting the ball in the air.

“I came in with a lot of nerves and made some early mistakes, but the other guys really helped me settle in and relax,” Peeples said. “It was a huge learning experience and I’m looking forward to building on it.”

Peeples also had the resources of two key offensive seniors on either side of him in Landon Schmidt and Jake Shields.

Schmidt had an impressive night on both sides of the football, racking up 92 yards on eight carries and finding the end zone on Windsor’s first three touchdowns.

His first was delivered from 40 yards out on his first touch of the season. He followed that up with another from 11 yards away to help the Wizards enter halftime tied with the RoughRiders 12-12.

“I liked the way (Peeples) handled himself overall,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “I know he was anxious but held his own. The first game is always interesting — you see a lot of things that you like and some that you don’t.”

Both defenses were strong after the break, holding each other to two consecutive three and outs to force punts — which presented a scoreless third quarter.

Windsor’s Corte Tapia then shifted the momentum of the game with a blocked punt which led to the go-ahead touchdown on the ensuing drive.

Brandon Ramirez scored the Wizards’ final touchdown on a 33-yard run.

“The key was to start breaking away at them there in the third. Although the scoreboard didn’t say anything, it’s where we played well defensively and found our game,” Jones said. “It was like falling dominoes that led to the next big play.”

Ramirez finished with 53 yards and Shields had 32.

Windsor, which is ranked No. 8 in Class 4A in the preseason Associated Press media poll, will next play on the road at Broomfield at 7 p.m. Friday.

Follow sports reporter Quentin Sickafoose at twitter.com/QSickafoose.

WINDSOR 25, ROOSEVELT 12

Windsor

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Roosevelt

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1st quarter — W — Landon Schmidt 40 run (Brandon Ramirez kick failed), 8:43; R — Carlos Ortega (Kevin Vargas kick failed), 4:54; W — Schmidt 11 run (two-point conversion failed), 0:11.

2nd quarter — R — Cameron Hurtado 1 run (Vargas kick failed), 6:32.

4th quarter — W — Schmidt 8 run (Ramirez kick good), 6:05; W — Ramirez 33 run (Ramirez kick failed), 5:27.

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