There are average passing numbers among quarterbacks in the Longs Peak Conference, and then there’s Thompson Valley’s Kanaan Turnbull.
The two are not in the same tier.
Not even close, actually.
The passing yards thrown by the Eagles sophomore through eight games nearly double the next-closest in the conference.
His 1,403 yards also rank 21st in the state and fifth-best among all Class 4A quarterbacks.
The Windsor High School football team (7-1, 2-1 LPC) will host Turnbull’s pass-heavy offense Friday night when the Wizards play Thompson Valley (6-2, 2-1 LPC) at Dudley Field at 7 p.m.
Here are three keys for No. 3 Windsor in its final home game of the regular season.
Contain Turnbull’s targets: Thompson Valley junior Matt Berg and senior Jake Hornick are Turnbull’s go-to receivers this season.
The duo also lead the conference in receiving yards (Berg in first with 522 and Hornick in second with 465). The two have collectively reeled in 13 of Turnbull’s 15 passing touchdowns this season.
Keeping coverage on its top targets would be an effective way for Windsor to shut down the high-flying Thompson Valley offense.
Eliminate the Eagles’ momentum: Thompson Valley is fresh off arguably its biggest win of the season last week, pulling out an upset over Greeley West at home.
The Eagles shut out the Spartans, who were ranked No. 7 in 4A entering the game, 8-0 at Ray Patterson Stadium.
Thompson Valley appeared to be off to a rough start, beginning the season with a 50-12 loss to 3A Roosevelt in Week 1. The Eagles have since rattled off six wins over seven games to become a contender in the run at the conference title.
Re-ignite the offense: After a dominant performance during the first half of the regular season, Windsor’s offense has been stagnant its past two games.
The Wizards yielded an average of 31 points per game during their first six contests. That number has fallen to just seven in the previous two weeks.
A large factor was the absence of senior fullback Jake Shields, who sat out Thursday’s game at Loveland due to a shoulder injury. His return for the next two games before playoffs begin is questionable.
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Thompson Valley at Windsor, 7 p.m., Dudley Field