The Windsor High football team won their home opener with a come from behind 42-32 victory over Slater. In the seesaw battle the lead changed hands six times. The Greyhounds came out on top with a strong second half effort.
Slater, with eleven seniors on their 21-man squad, controlled the clock in first quarter with a strong running game. An eleven play drive put the Wildcats up 8-0 and they then executed a successful onside kick. Their switch to the passing game proved costly as outside linebacker Brett Rosebrough intercepted a pass and returned it 85 yards for a score. Slater started another drive on the ground but two errant snaps put the Wildcats in poor field position. Sophomore linemen Dillyn Berschauer and Jakob Erdmann made big plays to get the ball back to Windsor. The Greyhounds had not run a single play from scrimmage in the quarter.
The second quarter the Greyhounds opened with a strong running game with Luke Roberts and Trenton Johnson having good carries behind the starting line of Berschauer, Donavin Helms, Tanner Golden, Phillip Kroh and Bruce Lilley. Roberts carried in the final 32 yards and the extra points to put Windsor ahead 14-6.
After the kickoff, the Wildcats started near midfield. Another series featuring the ground game and Slater went ahead 16-14. Windsor had a three-and-out series and the Wildcats quickly scored again to take a 24-14 halftime lead.
Windsor came out strong to open the second half as Chase Wetterow returned the kickoff to midfield. Johnson, Roberts and Rosebrough had good runs with Roberts scoring from the one yard line. The score was Slater 24- Windsor 20. Cameron Johnson recovered a squib kick for the Greyhounds and the Windsor offense returned to the field. The seven play drive included two consecutive wedge plays by Mason Briggs to take the Greyhounds into the red zone. Trenton Johnson scored the touchdown from seven yards out and then Rosebrough picked up the two-point conversion to give Windsor a 28-24 lead.
Slater wasn’t done as they marched down the field and retook the lead 32-28. Windsor came right back as Briggs gained 32 yards on a sweep. On a fourth-and-twelve play Trenton Johnson connected with Roberts on a 23-yard touchdown pass. The two-point play gave Windsor a 36-32 lead.
Slater’s next series ended with a fourth down incompletion. Three plays later Roberts ran an off-tackle play 44 yards for his fourth touchdown of the night. Windsor led 42-32 with less than four minutes remaining. Slater was forced to go to the air and after a 27-yard completion Kroh had a sack and then Jerry Nelson had a one-handed interception. The Greyhound offense moved the ball to midfield before running out the clock.
Windsor had almost a ten-yard average for their rushing offense as Roberts gained 139 yards in 10 carries, Trenton Johnson had 68 yards in 13 totes, Rosebrough ran for 42 yards on seven rushes and Briggs gained 45 yards on three attempts. Johnson passed for 45 yards with seven of nine passes. Roberts led Windsor’s receivers with three catches for 39 yards.
Roberts was in on 13 tackles, one more than Berschauer. Rosebrough had nine tackles to go along with his interception. They were followed in tackles by Trenton Johnson, Nate Hargett, Jerry Nelson and Erdmann.
The Greyhounds host another game this Friday as the Tipton Cardinals come to town. The contest, at David Powell Memorial Field begins at 7:00.