It’s time to find out just how good the Windsor High School football team is.
Now at the midway point of the regular season and their non-league slate behind them, the Wizards will put their 5-0 record to the test against undefeated Greeley West (5-0) at home Friday in their Longs Peak opener.
Following a two-week span in which it outscored its opponents 94-6, Windsor will return to facing a ranked team in the Class 4A top-10 showdown this weekend.
The Wizards are No. 3 in the most recent Associated Press media rankings, while the Spartans are projected to move up from the No. 7 spot when the newest poll is released later this week.
“They’re all important to us, but these games now are where it really counts,” coach Chris Jones said. “You want to be that conference champion, and you can’t do it unless you go one (game) at a time.”
Friday night’s contest, which is slated to kick off at 7 p.m., also presents an opportunity for Windsor to avenge last season’s loss.
Greeley West won its first game in the series (1-2) last season when the Spartans shut out the Wizards 14-0 at home.
“(Friday) is going to be a pretty a pretty good benchmark for us. I know we’ll raise our game up to that level,” Jones said.
Here’s a look at what Windsor will have to do Friday in order to keep their undefeated record intact and begin league play off on the right foot:
Avoid a slow start: Greeley West took initiative in last year’s game, which ultimately dealt the Wizards the loss. Windsor was able to recover from the slow start after halftime, but it proved to be too late to avoid the defeat.
The Wizards must carry over the strong starts they have put together in their past three games to avoid working from behind.
Capitalize on possessions: One statistic Jones takes into consideration each game is how many times his team scores in comparison to the amount of possessions it is given.
In its last meeting, Windsor outgained Greeley West in total yards and put together a few strong drives in the second half but was unable to put points on the scoreboard.
Finishing drives and capitalizing on opportunities will be key for the Wizards.
Eliminate penalties: Last week against Skyline, Windsor was called for eight penalties for 85 yards.
If Friday’s rematch repeats as a close, one or two-score game, simple factors such as penalty yardage could end up being the difference-maker.
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When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Dudley Field