LOVELAND – It didn’t matter how they did it, just as long as the job got done.
After suffering its first loss of the season last week by one point to Longs Peak Conference rival Longmont, the Windsor High School football team was hungry to get back in the win column.
The Wizards, who retained their No. 3 ranking in Class 4A despite the loss, got what they traveled to Ray Patterson Stadium for on Thursday night, leaving with a 6-0 shutout over Loveland.
“The kids turned the corner, which was the biggest thing, and we’re going forward again,” Windsor coach Chris Jones said. “I’m just excited we get to have that big “W” on our side again.”
Windsor (7-1, 2-1 LP) sparked the only offensive production from either team on its opening drive of the game that was primarily defensive and, at times, ugly.
After forcing an Indians punt to begin the game, the Wizards put together a three-play, 50-yard touchdown drive for the only points of the game just over three minutes in.
Brandon Ramirez, who was filling in at fullback for an injured Jake Shields, ran 48 yards to put Windsor inside of the Loveland 5-yard line.
Quarterback Brad Peeples then rumbled in the touchdown from three yards out on the following play. A failed two-point conversion left the game at 6-0.
“I was just trying to do my part on the team and take on the job,” said Ramirez, who rushed for a game-high 76 yards on 10 carries. “(Shields) helped kind of coach me through it and I was happy to help.”
Peeples finished with 60 yards on 20 carries, Landon Schmidt had 27 yards on four touches and Caleb Bangs picked up 15 yards carrying the ball twice.
The Wizards’ defense again showed why it ranks among one of the best in the state with its performance Thursday.
Windsor recorded five sacks, eight tackles for loss and its second shutout of the season while holding Loveland (3-5, 1-2 LP) to just 25 rushing and 122 total yards.
Schmidt came up with two interceptions, including one on Loveland’s final possession to seal the game.
“We did some things that were better this week than last week offensively. And defensively, there was just a lot of good hitting there,” Jones said. “There were a lot of guys on defense coming up and making big plays.”
Loveland and Windsor collectively accounted for 14 punts and nine penalties for 105 yards.
Windsor will return home after playing its past two games on the road to face Thompson Valley at Dudley Field at 7 p.m. next Friday.
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NO. 3 WINDSOR 6, LOVELAND 0
WIND – Brad Peeples 3 run (2-point conversion failed), 9:50.