There’s no need to tell the Wizards they have one of the closest-watched teams in the state.
They’re well aware.
The Windsor High School football team is exposed to the week-to-week extras that go along with regular-season play — they just make a point not to dwell on it.
They know their squad is moving up in the rankings and see their names being mentioned on Twitter and in articles among stat leaders.
But that hardly seems to matter.
“We know about all of it, but we’re coming out like any other game we would if we were ranked highest in the state or lowest,” said running back Jake Shields, who had three touchdowns in Windsor’s most recent win. “The only stat that matters is the next win.”
During the week, coach Chris Jones and company practice like a team starving for its first win.
On game day, they execute like one of the few remaining squads yet to be dealt a loss this season.
It all stems from the biggest point of focus made every week — who’s next?
“Our biggest rival is who we play next week, every week,” Jones said. “There’s only going to be one ‘W’ and two teams there — and we want it.”
Windsor’s newest rival is Skyline as the Wizards (4-0) host the Falcons (2-2) at H.J. Dudley Field at 7 p.m. Friday.
Here’s a look at what has been gelling well recently for Windsor, which is coming off a 50-0 shutout on the road last week:
Offensive line: Windsor’s front line has paved way for the Wizards to rack up 1,440 rushing yards this season — an average of 360 per contest.
Both Shields and wide receiver Landon Schmidt credited the offensive line for the team’s success following Thursday’s win.
New QB getting comfortable: Leading those rushing statistics is quarterback Brad Peeples, who is averaging 121 yards on the ground every game. The second-leading rusher accounts for 87.
Peeples appears to have found his groove in his first year as a varsity starter.
Capitalizing on turnovers: The Wizards’ defense has forced seven turnovers this season in form of five interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Windsor has done well turning those opportunities into points on the other side of the ball and most recently did so immediately on a pick-six from Zach Watts.
Freshman kicker called up: Dylan Tufts was called up from the freshman ‘C’ team last week for extra-point conversion kicks.
Tufts nailed all six of his attempts in his debut. Windsor was 1 for 3 on PAT attempts entering Thursday’s game.
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