LONGMONT – Six seconds stood between them and their biggest win of the season.
One, maybe even two, more stops on top of the plethora they had already made in their impressive performance.
But, as expected, when the Windsor High School football team traveled to Longmont on Thursday night, the Class 4A battle of unbeatens went all the way down to the wire.
Something had to give.
It was either going to be the powerhouse offense of the No. 2 Trojans, which was yielding 45 points per game – or the stout defense of the No. 3 Wizards, which surrendered an average of only seven.
The latter, despite playing well and holding Longmont scoreless entering the last minute, finally broke and the Trojans stole an 8-7 victory at Everly-Montgomery Field.
“It just hurts. We told the kids it would be one of those games of an inch here or a second there,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “It was a heavyweight fight, toe-to-toe … I know those kids are hurting pretty bad.”
Trailing 7-0 with 1:29 left to play, Longmont (7-0, 2-0 Longs Peak Conference) took over from its own 18-yard line with one final chance to come up with an answer.
The Trojans crossed midfield 30 seconds later and scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass from backup freshman quarterback Oakley Dehning to Eli Sullivan.
Then, just as it did when it stole a 33-32 win from the Wizards at Dudley Field a year ago, Longmont went for the two-point conversion – which Conlan Berger ran in from the left side.
“We were playing great and knew we could hang with them,” said defensive tackle Storm Fox, who had five tackles and 1.5 sacks. “We were just going to go as hard as we could facing whatever they were going to do (on the final drive).”
Their defense continued to give the Wizards (6-1, 1-1 LPC) life all game long.
Windsor forced three turnovers – via interceptions from Landon Schmidt and Josh Bloss and a fumble recovery from Jake Hammond – had five tackles for loss and two sacks.
The Wizards’ offensive performance was highlighted by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Brad Peeples to Brandon Ramirez on a 4th and 7 situation in the second quarter.
Berger led all rushers with 102 yards on 13 carries.
Schmidt led the Wizards with 99 yards on seven touches, Peeples added 71 rushing yards and Ramirez finished with 36.
Windsor will next play Loveland (2-4, 0-1 LPC) on the road at 7 p.m. Thursday.
“We’ll do some fixing,” Jones said. “We’ll get better and come back next week.”
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NO. 2 LONGMONT 8, NO. 3 WINDSOR 7
WIND – Brad Peeples 10 pass to Brandon Ramirez (Dylan Tufts kick good), 6:12.
LONG – Oakley Dehning 45 pass to Eli Sullivan (Conlan Berger 2-point conversion good), 0:06.