Windsor travelled to Appleton City for the eighth week of the season and battled the Bulldogs for a come- from-behind 20-12 win. Despite several players being unable to play because of injuries the Greyhounds rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the victory.
The game was played in a light rain and wind which hampered both teams’ passing games. Windsor opened with a three-and-out series before Appleton City mounted a time consuming run of plays. Mixing buck sweeps with fullback traps ACHS ran off 14 plays before scoring. The P.A.T. was blocked but the hosts had a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs were successful with their second onside kick and their offense returned to the field. Junior linebacker Luke Roberts was able to strip the ball lose and recovered the fumble ending their drive. Roberts and Brett Rosebrough ran sweeps outside but Windsor again was forced to punt. This time the ACHS return man muffed the punt and Windsor recovered.
Early in the second quarter Windsor got on the scoreboard with Rosebrough running in a sweep right from the fourteen yard line. Mason Briggs wedged up the middle to give the Greyhounds a 8-6 lead. Windsor offensive line consisted of senior Donavin Helms, junior Bruce Lilley, sophomores Jakob Erdmann and Dakotah Jones and freshman Tanner Golden.
Appleton City put together another fourteen play drive on the ground to make the score 12-8. Windsor marched right back down the field with the help of Trenton Johnson’s pass to Roberts which was the only completion for either side. Windsor’s drive stalled near the twenty yard line and the score was unchanged going into halftime.
Windsor’s defense seemed fired up in the third quarter with a partially blocked punt giving the Greyhounds the ball near midfield. Roberts, Rosebrough and Briggs all had good runs but a penalty on the one-yard line kept the Greyhounds from retaking the lead. Appleton City pushed the ball back to midfield right before the end of the third quarter.
Windsor again had good runs off tackle by Rosebrough and Roberts and wedge plays up the middle with Briggs to move the ball downfield. Roberts scored from the two yard line to give Windsor a 14-12 lead. Windsor’s defense stopped the Bulldogs on a fourth and short but ACHS got the ball back on the next play on a fumble. Again, Windsor’s defense forced Appleton City to punt.
With the rain limiting the passing game, Windsor stayed on the ground and again got positive yardage with runs by Rosebrough, Briggs and Roberts. Johnson got into the mix with a twenty yard run to the five yard line. Again, Roberts got the call on a sweep left and Windsor had a 20-12 lead. Appleton City had one more chance but turned over the ball after an incomplete fourth down pass.
Rosebrough led the Windsor rushers with 100 yards, while Briggs had 68, Roberts had 57 and Johnson had 31. Leading tackler for the black and gold was Roberts who was in on 17 tackles. Johnson had fifteen tackles and an interception in the first half. Rosebrough followed with ten tackles. Sophomore Tim Kuehner was in on nine stops and had a great fourth quarter hit on the quarterback to force an errant throw. Erdmann and Tristan Terry each had five tackles.
“It was a good win with several substitutes stepping up and playing well,” commanted coach Dave Wanninger. The win gives Windsor a 4-4 record heading into regular season finale. Windsor will be on the road again this week as they travel to Crest Ridge for a 7:00 game. –Submitted.