Windsor opened regular season play with a convincing 38-8 victory at home over Sweet Springs Friday night. Windsor keeps the traveling Greyhound Trophy with its seventh straight victory in the series. Both teams battled the heat but Windsor took advantage of several turnovers to claim the trophy.
After Jakob Erdmann fell on a short kickoff the Black and Gold’s offense took the field. A mishap on the opening play put Windsor in a 2nd and 22 but the Hounds were able to make up ground on a scramble by Trenton Johnson and inside reverse by Chase Wetterow. On a 4th and 8 play Johnson found Wetterow open in the flat and he scooted 53 yards for the score.
Sweet Springs fumbled on their second play which was recovered by Johnson. Tristen Terry ran for 17 yards on two wedge plays. Offensive linemen for most of the night were Bruce Lilley, Noah Roberts, Tanner Golden, Tim Kuehner and Dakotah Jones. On a another fourth down play Johnson connected with Luke Roberts on a screen pass good for a 25-yard touchdown. The senior running back scored the two-point conversion to give the hometown Hounds a 14-0 lead.
Sweet Springs put together a nice drive but Luke Roberts picked off a bobbled pass and streaked 54 yards into the end zone. WHS had a 20-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter. Johnson recovered his second fumble on the night on the ensuing kickoff. This time Windsor fell short of the first down marker and gave the ball back to Sweet Springs.
SSHS’s nine-play drive ended with a negative yardage tackle by Erdmann and Cole Paxton and then a fumble recovery by Erdmann. Windsor quickly added to their score when Johnson connected on a short pass to senior receiver Keller Lewis. Lewis sprinted down the sideline for 47 yards and a score.
Sweet Springs ended a three-and-out series with a punt that rolled to the five yard line. Windsor returned the favor with a punt to midfield. Again, SSHS couldn’t mount a scoring drive and gave up the ball on downs. Windsor picked up a first downs on a run by Luke Roberts and a reception by Tymon Lynde. On a fourth and one Johnson again found Lewis open for a 20 yard score. The PAT kick was wide right but Windsor claimed a 32-point lead going into the half.
Sweet Springs opened the second half on offense and picked up two first downs but their drive ended with an incomplete pass. Terry, Luke Roberts and Phillip Kroh had good runs but Windsor’s drive stalled on the six yard line. Two plays later Sweet Springs fumbled again and this time Windsor took advantage of the short field. To open up the fourth quarter Kroh plunged in to the end zone to start the running clock.
Going against a mix of varsity starters and JV, Sweet Springs made its own scoring drive and completed the two-point conversion to end the scoring at 38-8. Windsor’s JV offense made its own drive running six minutes off the scoreboard. Good runs by Paxton, Carlton Fowler, Zach Farrier, Trenton Thompson and Camden Allee moved the ball 49 yards down the field as the clock struck 0:00.
Leading tacklers for Windsor were linebackers Noah Roberts and Tim Kuehner with eight tackles. In on seven tackles were Golden, Paxton, Thompson and Luke Roberts. Next were defensive ends Erdmann and Kroh. Luke Roberts led the team with 42 rushing yards followed by Wetterow with 38 and Terry with 34. Johnson passed for 162 yards and four scores.
Windsor stays at home next week as they host a new opponent in Christ Prep out of Kansas. The Greyhounds can expect a wide open passing game from the Patriots. Game time at David Powell Memorial Field is 7:00.