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November 15, 2014
Jalen Roman of Windsor picks up a fumble and returns it against Dublin, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Windsor High School in Windsor during the first-round of the Division 2 NCS playoffs. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

Jalen Roman of Windsor picks up a fumble and returns it against Dublin, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Windsor High School in Windsor during the first-round of the Division 2 NCS playoffs. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

WINDSOR — The Windsor High School football team broke its three-game losing streak to win a North Coast Section Division 2 first-round playoff game against the Dublin Gaels, 35-9, Friday night in Windsor.

“It was a confidence thing,” head coach Vic Amick said in explaining Windsor’s mentality early in the game. “Coming off three losses and they got the momentum early. Then we just settled in and we said, ‘we can do this.’ ”

With the Gaels drawing first blood on a field goal in the second quarter, some of the Jaguar players even seemed to turn to each other, Amick said, as if to ask, is this happening again?

“I think it was a mental thing to get us started,” he added, “and after the last three weeks, we knew we didn’t want to go there again.”

The Windsor offense found its niche, however, as the Jaguars scored four touchdowns before halftime.

Quarterback Jalen Roman said that while the team wasn’t shaken heading into Friday’s playoff game, the pressure of the playoffs needed to be acknowledged.

“We just had to say OK and settle in after all the hype about playoffs,” he said. “We mixed up the routine and even though we were slow to start, we knew our offense was going to get it done and our defense was going to make the stops.”

Roman led Windsor with a fumble recovery for a touchdown and also found Max Brown for an 8-yard touchdown.

 

In a complete team effort, the Jaguars extended their lead with an 8-yard touchdown from Austin Evans, a 2-yard carry for a touchdown from Bradley Clark, and a 45-yard touchdown from Gedi Tavares.

“I wasn’t trying to do too much by myself,” Roman said. “I was trusting my offensive line and trying to get everyone involved.”

Dublin quarterback Josh Nobida scored the Gaels’ only touchdown on a 2-yard push in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars’ defense all but shut down their first-round opponent.

In their previous three games and the only three losses of the regular season, the Jaguars’ defense gave up a combined 74 points.

“Our defense settled in and made some great adjustments,” Amick said. “They have two great receivers and we forced them to throw the ball. Our defense played great tonight.”

Roman finished with four pass completions for 73 yards and recorded 15 carries for 97 yards with two touchdowns.

“The offensive line played really great tonight and made some great runs,” he said, “and Jalen was Jalen.”

Brooks Skinner and Jackson Baughman also contributed to Windsor’s offensive game, finishing 5-for-22 and 3-for-17 rushing yards, respectively.

The Jaguars — breaking their three-game losing streak after going the majority of their season undefeated — improved their overall record to 8-3, while the Gaels dropped to 4-7 and were eliminated from the NCS Division 2 playoffs.

Amick said that consistency was going to be key in any further success for the Jaguars in the playoffs.

“Moving forward,” he said, “we need to be playing our best football. Play the entire 48 minutes as the best football team we can be.”

Windsor will face the winner of today’s game between Tennyson and Pinole Valley.

The Jaguars need to get out to a quicker start in their next game, Roman said, and complete every play with precision.

“We need to finish out and get every last stop,” he said, “then we can come home and get on to the next one.”

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By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Redwood Empire didn’t snare a top seed for the upcoming North Coast Section Tournament, but the selection committee showed its respect for the North Bay League by inviting all six schools that were eligible.

Dmitri Acken and the Windsor Jaguars are seeded third in the NCS Division 2 football playoff field. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Dmitri Acken and the Windsor Jaguars are seeded third in the NCS Division 2 football playoff field. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

In fact, the voters thought so highly of the NBL that five will have home games in the first round this weekend. Only two league teams missed the playoffs.

Brackets were released Sunday.

The lone team going on the road is league co-champion Rancho Cotate. The Cougars will be in Fremont Friday night to face unbeaten John F. Kennedy in a Division 3 game.

Rancho is the No. 7 seed while the Fremont school is No. 10. However, Kennedy got the home game because it won the Mission Valley Athletic League.

The Cougars tied Cardinal Newman for the NBL title, but lost the league’s tiebreaker and with it an automatic home game. The drawing for the tiebreaker took place before the season.

Newman is also in the Division 3 bracket as the No. 8 seed and will entertain No. 9 Novato on Saturday night.

Maria Carrillo coach Jay Higgins believes the committee got it right by giving the NBL five home games to start the playoffs.

“Our league has quality teams this season and there was parity,” he said. “It was well-balanced and at the top, there was little difference among the teams.

“I’m excited, this is the fun part of the season.”

The Pumas, the No. 4 seed in Division 2, host No. 13 American from the MVAL on Friday night.

Carrillo wound up 4-3 in league and the Pumas kept Rancho from winning sole possession of the title by defeating the Cougars, 34-28, on Oct. 17.

Longtime Rancho coach Ed Conroy was philosophical after seeing the Division 3 bracket:

“If we have to go on the road for the first game, that’s the way it is,” he said. “Of course we would’ve loved to have a home game. Still, we’re happy to be in the playoffs.”

The Cougars (7-3) come into the tournament having won seven of their past eight games and three in a row.

Other NBL teams in the tournament are: Windsor, Casa Grande and Montgomery.

The brackets also include four schools from the Sonoma County League. However, only league winner Analy has an opening-round home game. The Tigers, seeded No. 4, will play No. 13 El Cerrito on Saturday night.

“We wound up right around where I expected,” Analy coach Daniel Bourdon said. “We drew a solid team for our first game. It’s going to be a tough one.”

El Cerrito is 5-5 but competed in the strong Tri-Counties Athletic League.

After studying the draw, Bourdon said there’s no doubt in his mind that the Division 3 bracket is stronger than Division 2. NCS determines divisions based on school enrollment.

No. 11 Petaluma joins Analy in Division 3 while No. 10 El Molino and No. 11 Piner will compete in Division 4.

Among small schools in the Empire, St. Helena got the highest seed. The Saints are No. 3 in Division 5 and will play host to No. 14 South Fork on Saturday night.

St. Helena is one of six NCL I teams to receive an invitation.

“We’re happy that the committee saw we were a quality league,” St. Helena coach Brandon Farrell said.
“As for our team, we’re happy to be playing at home and happy to see some new teams. It’s is an exciting time of the year when you have a team good enough to be in the playoffs.

NCS playoffs offer myriad intriguing possibilities

November 10, 2014

By NATE SMITH
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November 10, 2014

The seeding committees have spoken, and the table is all set for the North Coast Section playoffs. Let's take an overall look at the divisions, with more detailed break-downs of games to come to come weekly:

DIVISION I

Key Match-ups: Two first round games jump off the page right away. Eighth-seeded James Logan hosts San Ramon Valley in a rematch of a regular-season game won by the Colts, 28-23. The Wolves did not have Dru Samia and a few other starters in that game and will hope to make things different this time around.

Antioch heading to San Leandro is a game that could potentially feature two of the biggest talents in the Bay Area. Antioch's Najee Harris leads the section in rushing yards, and if he is healthy, San Leandro will start UCLA-bound quarterback Stephen Johnson III.

Intriguing possibilities down the road include Liberty at California in the quarterfinals, with two very different styles of play offensively, but two fast and aggressive defenses. A Freedom at Pittsburg rematch in the quarterfinals will happen if the Falcons can get past Monte Vista in the first round. The Pirates needed 17 second-half points to overcome a halftime deficit in the first meeting between the schools.

Pittsburg at Foothill would be the semifinal that many are hoping for, and with the winner facing De La Salle, would almost feel like the section title game before trying to slay the giant.

Players to Watch: De La Salle RB Antoine Custer, Foothill QB Kyle Kearns, Foothill WR Isaiah Langley, California RB Justin Locklear, Pittsburg DE David Lui, Liberty WR Willie Williams, Freedom OL Dominic Frederickson, San Leandro QB Stephen Johnson III, Antioch RB Najee Harris, Logan QB Christian Leota, San Ramon Valley WR JJ Koski, Monte Vista QB Jake Haener, Amador Valley RB Ledre McCullough, Heritage DB Sam Hinn

Sleeper: While identifying a sleeper is usually a lost cause in a bracket with De La Salle, we'll give it a shot with Pittsburg. The Pirates' defense might be the best in Northern California, aside from the Spartans, and could potentially keep them in the game.

Analysis: De La Salle has already easily dispatched the best that the EBAL had to offer, along with signature wins over out-of-state and Southern California opponents. This ultimately still feels like their warm-up for the Open Division state playoff bowl title game. The rest of the games leading up to the final should be more intriguing than the championship game.

“There is definitely a lot of depth and parity this year,” said Pittsburg Vic Galli. “All the teams seem to have big wins but also one or two surprising losses, so it will be exciting to see what happens.”

DIVISION II

Key Match-ups: The potential for a Concord versus Tennyson game in the semifinals would be exciting for anyone that loves offense. Windsor is the three seed, but has lost three straight coming into the playoffs, although it did lead at halftime in all three games. An all-North Bay League quarterfinal between Maria Carrillo and Casa Grande would be an enticing match-up, which the Gauchos won the first time, 19-14. The Pumas would have the right to host as the higher seed, however.

But ultimately, what everyone is anticipating in this division is a rematch in the title game between Concord and Clayton Valley. The Eagles won the first game 48-40, but had to hold off a furious Minutemen rally to do so. That game might get the best crowd of any of the championship games.

Players to watch: Clayton Valley RB Miles Harrison, Clayton Valley RB Justin Zapanta, Clayton Valley LB Rich Peralta, Concord QB Mitch Daniels, Concord RB Malik Blackburn, Concord WR Mason Knight, Mt Eden WR Dominic Williams, Northgate RB Matt Huang, Windsor QB Jalen Roman, Tennyson QB Christian Silva, Tennyson RB Tukai Laginikoro, Hayward QB Juni Moi Moi, Casa Grande RB Spencer Torkelson, Casa Grande LB Casey Longaker, Dublin RB Tyree Williams, Pinole Valley WR Chris Salmeron, American RB Jared Luty

Sleeper: While the chances of Clayton Valley and Concord getting derailed on their way to a rematch appear slim, Tennyson has an explosive offense and is experienced enough to feel confident. The Lancers slumped a little in their last two games, but with tough wins over Bishop O'Dowd and Castro Valley, remain a threat to both Windsor in the quarterfinals and Concord in a potential semi-final game.

Analysis: Ultimately the top two seeds are the only ones who have established themselves. Anything other than a rematch in the title game will be a complete shock.

DIVISION III

Key Match-ups: The first round is full of tense games in what is one of the deepest brackets in the section. Cardinal Newman and Novato battle for bragging rights in the North Bay, while Acalanes takes on a tough Bishop O'Dowd team which took San Leandro to overtime. Rancho Cotate was given the seventh seed, but must travel to face undefeated Kennedy, which might be one of the best 10 seeds this bracket has ever seen. Alhambra hosts a Petaluma team that just pushed Analy to the wire in the SCL title game.

Players to watch: Campolindo RB Nick Fadelli, Campolindo TE Tyler Petite, Cardinal Newman QB Jordan Brookshire, Novato QB Robbie Cassee, Analy QB Will Smith, Analy RB Ja'Narrick James, Acalanes QB Casey Harrington, Bishop O'Dowd QB Chris Hagmaier, Las Lomas RB Zack Fulks, Rancho Cotate QB Gunner Mefferd, Rancho Cotate RB Carlos Franco, Kennedy RB Kaleem Abubukari, Marin Catholic QB Darius Peterson, Tamalpais QB Jack Harris, Alhambra RB James Gonsalves, Petaluma RB Yusef Kawasami

Sleeper: Marin Catholic may have finished in a three-way tie for their league title, but finished the season playing at an extremely high level. Their defense was lights out at the end of the season, which could give it the opportunity to make a deep run and challenge for the title.

Analysis: After going undefeated in league play for the fourth straight season, Campolindo is a heavy favorite. Both Marin Catholic and Las Lomas could play the role of spoiler, though, and a 9-1 Analy team with offensive firepower might be a tough test in the semifinals. The road is not easy for the Cougars, as they will face league champions beginning in the second round with either Cardinal Newman (NBL) or Novato (MCAL).

DIVISION IV

Key match-ups: The 8-9 match-up in the first round has the potential to be a high-scoring contest with contrasting styles of play. Fort Bragg has a prolific passing game led by Kaylor Sullivan, while Moreau's run game has been extremely effective, averaging nearly 250 yards per game.

Outside of the first round, a semifinal game between Piedmont and Justin-Siena would feature two of the surprise teams from different parts of the section. Both teams have strong rushing attacks and play good defense.

Players to watch: St. Mary's RB Tamarick Pierce, St. Mary's RB Stevie Harvey, Piedmont RB Gabriel Watson, Fort Bragg QB Kaylor Sullivan, Fort Bragg WR/DB Lucas Triplett, Moreau Catholic RB/DB Jullen Ison, Moreau Catholic RB Jason Hinton, Lower Lake QB Isazah King, McKinleyville QB Kyle Spalding, McKinleyville RB Bailey Turner, McKinleyville WR Travis Nickols, Justin-Siena RB William Boyd Jr., Piner DL Peter Barbieri

Sleeper: If any team appears physically equipped to challenge St. Mary's for the title, it might be Justin-Siena. The Braves have done a good job of keeping games low scoring, and can control the clock with their veer option offense. Coach Rich Cotruvo has been here many times before as well, and will have his team in the right mindset to handle the pressure.

Analysis: Nothing against No. 4 seed San Marin, which did play well in an early season loss to Justin-Siena, but it appears that three teams have a shot in this division. St. Mary's should get past San Marin or Del Norte to reach the title game, and it would be a shock if someone other than Piedmont or Justin-Siena is waiting for them.

DIVISION V

Key match-ups: The 5-12 game in the first round is a rematch from an early-season game in which Valley Christian-Dublin, the 12 seed, defeated Stellar Prep, 34-24. You don't usually see a much higher seed given a rematch in the first round against a team which beat it the first time.

The other intriguing match-ups all seem to be in the bottom half of the bracket. With three 9-1 teams in the bottom half, the quarterfinals and semifinals could all see some very high-quality football played. No. 2 seed St Bernard Catholic should face either No. 3 St Helena or No. 6 John Swett in the semifinals.

Players to watch: Salesian DB Prentiss Reid, Salesian RB Charles Hillary, Salesian RB Dalonnie Crater, St Bernard QB Noah Davis, St Bernard WR Jack Rice, Berean Christian WR Isaiah Hodgins, Tomales RB Willy Lepori, California School for the Deaf RB Jax Pedersen, Cloverdale RB Luke Bernardi, St Helena QB Jack Preston, St Vincent RB George Sammon, California School for the Deaf QB Zane Pedersen, Valley Christian WR Jairus Woodson, South Fork DL Justice Sherman, John Swett DE Jamonte Moore

Sleeper: Keep an eye on the No. 6 seed, John Swett. Swett allowed more than 18 points just once this season, and the defense posted three shutouts. While a victory in the title game would appear to be a stretch, getting there might not be.

Analysis: Outside of De La Salle in Division I, Salesian is the closest thing to a lock in any of the divisions. The Pride plays teams above their division all year, and their two losses were both to powerhouse programs outside of the section. They have a cast of seniors led by Reid, Hillary, Kyree Harvey, Jordan Cole and Kameron Carr who are motivated to go out on top, and have the ability to do so.

NORTH COAST SECTION FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

DIVISION I

1st round

FRIDAY

No. 1 De La Salle (10-0) bye

No. 9 San Ramon Valley (6-4) at No. 8 Logan (8-2), 7 p.m.

No. 13 Heritage (5-5) at No. 4 California (7-3), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Antioch (6-4) vs. No. 7 San Leandro (6-4) at Burrell Field 7 p.m.

No. 3 Pittsburg (8-2) bye

No. 11 Monte Vista (4-6) at No. 6 Freedom (6-4), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

No. 12 Amador Valley (6-4) at No. 5 Liberty (8-2), 7 p.m.

No. 2 Foothill (8-2) bye

DIVISION II

1st round

FRIDAY

No. 16 Newark Memorial (4-6) at No. 1 Clayton Valley Charter (10-0), 7 p.m.

No. 13 American (7-3) at No. 4 Carrillo (6-4), 7 p.m.

No. 15 Hayward (5-5) at No. 2 Concord (9-1), 7 p.m.

No. 14 Dublin (4-6) at No. 3 Windsor (7-3), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

No. 9 Mt. Eden (7-2-1) at No. 8 Montgomery (8-2), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Miramonte (3-7) at No. 5 Casa Grande (4-6), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Granada (2-8) at No. 7 Northgate (5-5), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Pinole Valley (4-6) at No. 6 Tennyson (5-4-1), 1 p.m.

DIVISION III

1st round

FRIDAY

No. 16 Ygnacio Valley (3-7) at No. 1 Campo (10-0), 7 p.m.

No. 12 O’Dowd (5-5) at No. 5 Acalanes (7-3), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Rancho Cotate (7-3) vs. No. 10 Kennedy-Fremont (10-0) at Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Petaluma (7-3) at No. 6 Alhambra (7-3), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

No. 9 Novato (7-3) at No. 8 Cardinal Newman (7-3), 7 p.m.

No. 13 El Cerrito (5-5) at No. 4 Analy (9-0), 7 p.m.

No. 15 Mt. Diablo (3-7) at No. 2 Las Lomas (8-2), 8-2), 7 p.m.

No. 14 Tamalpais (6-4) at No. 3 Marin Catholic (7-3), 1 p.m.

DIVISION IV

1st round

FRIDAY

No. 12 Lower Lake (5-5) at No. 5 Del Norte (8-2), 7 p.m.

No. 15 Kennedy-Richmond (5-5) at No. 2 Piedmont (10-0), 7 p.m.

No. 14 Kelseyville (4-6) at No. 3 Justin-Siena (7-3), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

No. 1 St. Mary’s (9-1) bye

No. 9 Moreau Catholic (5-5) at No. 8 Fort Bragg (8-2), 7 p.m.

No. 13 Terra Linda (4-6) at No. 4 San Marin (7-3), 1 p.m.

No. 10 El Molino (6-4) at No. 7 McKinleyville (4-6), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Piner (5-5) at No. 6 Fortuna (7-3), 7 p.m.

DIVISION V

1st round

FRIDAY

No. 12 Valley Christian (4-6) vs. No. 5 Stellar Prep (7-3) at Chabot College 7 p.m.

No. 14 South Fork (5-5) at No. 5 St. Helena (9-1). 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

No. 1 Salesian (8-2) bye

No. 8 Cloverdale (6-4) at No. 9 St. Vincent (6-4), 1 p.m.

No. 13 Tomales (7-3) at No. 4 Middletown (7-3), 7 p.m.

No. 15 Ferndale (4-5) at No. 2 St. Bernard (9-1), 1 p.m.

No. 10 California School for the Deaf-Fremont- (8-2) at No. 7 Berean Christian (5-5), 1 p.m.

 

 

No. 11 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (3-7) at No. 6 John Swett (9-1), 7 p.m.

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

After trailing through three quarters Friday night, Cardinal Newman scored with 3:25 remaining and then held on to defeat visiting Windsor, 23-20, in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Jaguars had a chance to tie the game with six seconds left, but Gedi Tevares’ 41-yard field goal attempt came up short.

Newman completed the North Bay League portion of the season with a 6-1 mark. That’s the same record as Rancho Cotate, but the Cardinals get the league’s automatic invitation to the North Coast Section tournament because of the league’s tiebreaker procedure.

The Cardinals fell behind Windsor, 20-9, before scoring the final 14 points of the game.

Damian Wallace’s 95-yard kickoff return and a two-point conversion in the third brought Newman to within three points.

After the teams traded possessions without scoring early in the fourth, Craig Lucey then scored on a 19-yard run. The point after failed.

Jordon Brookshire, the Cardinals quarterback, was outstanding. He rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries. One of those runs resulted in a 41-yard touchdown.

The sophomore was equally as impressive with his passing. He completed eight of nine throws for 80 yards.

Jalen Roman, the Windsor quarterback, also had a big night. He rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown and completed 15 of 22 passes for 130 yards.

Last-play TD gives Pumas win at Windsor

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

On the last play of the game, Alex Netherda scored from the 1 to give visiting Maria Carrillo a 41-35 victory against Windsor on Friday night in their North Bay League game at Windsor.

Netherda’s touchdown culminated a 20-point rally by the Pumas. They trailed 35-21 with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter.

An 86-yard pass to Netherda from Walker Rotherham started the comeback.

Then, with 4:41 remaining, Josh Groesbeck’s 54-yard run and Yvette Perez’ kick made it 35-35.

Netherda finished the night with 102 rushing yards on 20 carries. Groesbeck led the team with 125 yards on 10 touches.

Netherda was also his team’s leading receiver with two catches for 85 yards.

The senior did it on both sides of the ball. He had two interceptions and a team-high eight solo tackles.

The loss was the second in a row for Windsor after the Jaguars began the season with seven consecutive wins.

Windsor is now 7-2 and 4-2 in the NBL. The loss knocked the Jaguars out of a first-place tie in league. Rancho Cotate and Cardinal Newman share first place with 5-1 records. Rancho Cotate defeated Cardinal Newman in their head-to-head meeting.
Maria Carrillo is 5-4 and 3-3.

Late rally lifts Rancho to win over Jags

October 29, 2014
 
 
 

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:09 pm

Windsor falls into first-place tie; entertains Maria Carrillo Friday

The varsity football Jaguars fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Friday, as visiting Rancho Cotate used a second-half rally to spoil the Windsor homecoming, 30-19.

The loss dropped the Jags to 4-1 in league and 7-1 on the year, forging a three- way tie with Rancho Cotate and Cardinal Newman for first place in the North Bay League.

Windsor will need to regroup quickly this week, with a home Halloween match-up looming with Maria Carrillo this Friday, Oct. 31. The Pumas (2-3, 4-5) are coming off a 19-14 loss to Casa Grande and represent another test for the Jaguars this week.  

“Carrillo will be tough,” WHS Head Coach Vick Amick predicted. “They beat the team we just lost to so we’ve got to show up on Monday ready to work and put last week behind us or else it will hurt us going into Friday night. We’ve just got to put our heads down, and work to get better.”

Friday’s homecoming meeting with the Cougars was a tale of two halves, with Windsor claiming early dominance to grab a 16-0 halftime lead, only to give it up after intermission in a strong Rancho comeback.

The Jag’s defense was nearly impenetrable in the early going, as linebacker Mitchell Bruning blocked a Cougars punt on their opening possession, scooped it up and took it to the house for a 6-0 Windsor lead.

The defense held on Rancho’s next series, and Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman capped a short drive with a one-yard scoring run to increase the advantage to 13-0. The Jaguars finished up a tremendous first half with a Gedi Tavares field goal to make it a 16-0 ballgame at the break.

The Cougars did not pack it in, mounting an eight-minute, third-quarter drive resulting in a one-yard scoring plunge by quarterback Gunner Mefferd. Carlos Franco ran in the ensuing two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 16-8 at the end of three.

The Cougars stunned the home crowd early in the fourth quarter, as Franco broke loose on a 25-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful two-point conversion try to knot the contest at 16-all.   

Roman put his team back in business on Windsor’s next possession, ripping off a nice gain on a keeper to set up an eventual 25-yard Tavares field goal to re-take the lead at 19-16.

It would be the last hurrah for the Jags, as Rancho answered with a long scoring drive, highlighted by a fourth-down conversion and capped by an 11-yard scoring pass from Mefferd to Chris Taylor-Yamanoha with 3:59 remaining. The Cougars sealed the win moments later when defender Danny Shelton intercepted a Roman pass and took it to the house en route to a 30-19 Rancho Cotate victory.    

“It was a tough one to swallow knowing that we had the lead with four minutes left,” Amick noted. “We didn’t capitalize off early turnovers, and we didn’t capitalize twice in the red-zone. Everything that went wrong was self inflicted mistakes. They’re a good football team that played 48 minutes while we did not.”

Roman finished up with 79 passing yards, adding 47 yards rushing and one touchdown. Chris Licea had a solid game with 40 yards on the ground.

Leading defenders included Bradley Clark (10 tackles, FR), Alex Tranceto (6 tackles, FF) and Bruning (8 tackles, blocked punt, TD).

Cougars rally to hand Jaguars first loss of season

October 24, 2014

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Rancho Cotate football team rallied in the second half and handed Windsor High School their first loss of the season, beating the Jaguars 30-19 Friday night in Windsor.

“Early on, I was worried,” Rancho Cotate head coach Ed Conroy said. “We were flat and unemotional and we had a talk about it. We knew they were going to play at a really high level and we had to respond.”

Rancho Cotate's Carlos Franco runs the ball between Windsor's Braxton Canady, left, and Austin Evans, right, during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Rancho Cotate’s Carlos Franco runs the ball between Windsor’s Braxton Canady, left, and Austin Evans, right, during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Mitchell Bruning got the Jaguars on the board early, after he blocked the Cougars’ first punt and scrambled the last three yards for the touchdown.

Jalen Roman carried the ball for a touchdown and then a field goal from Gedi Tavares gave the Jaguars a 16-0 lead at the end of the first half.

The difference was in the execution after half time, as the Cougars were able to play for the entire four quarters, Windsor head coach Vic Amick said.

“We came out all guns blazing and it really was the best-case scenario for us,” he said. “Hats off to Rancho for competing all four quarters.”

The Cougars found the missing spark and ignited their offense to open the second half, as Mo Ward recorded all five carries of his carries for 38 yards in the second half.

Quarterback Gunner Mefferd said he felt everything click after they were in the right mindset.

“I just realized that we were getting in our own heads,” he said. “We just needed to relax.”

Mefferd carried the ball for one yard and the Cougars’ first touchdown, as Carlos Franco completed the two-point conversion.

“I just saw my teammates’ heads down and had to bring them up,” he said. “It feels so great to beat them (Windsor).”

Franco then helped close the gap on Windsor’s lead, as a 25-yard touchdown and Cooper Nicks’ two-point conversion tied the game at 16.

“It messed with our heads,” Franco explained about the slow start, “but I just kept telling everyone that it was OK. We have to continue to play and that’s what we did.”

A 25-yard field goal from Tavares was the last effort that Windsor could muster on offense as Rancho Cotate continued to roll.

“We just caught on and couldn’t be stopped,” Mefferd said. “Feels so amazing to beat Windsor here. I haven’t lost on this field in my entire varsity career and it just feels so amazing.”

Mefferd connected with Chris Taylor-Yamanoha and an interception returned for the touchdown by Danny Shelton sealed the Cougars’ victory in front of Windsor’s homecoming crowd.

“We played better defense and we got some momentum,” Conroy said. “Every time they kicked the ball off, our boys were down there making plays.”

The defense was the greatest improvement after last week’s 34-28 loss at Maria Carrillo, Conroy said, as he gave full credit to the defensive line and their coverage of Roman.

“The quarterback was running for his life and we weren’t going to let him get anywhere,” he added.

Rancho Cotate improved to 4-1 in the North Bay League, 5-3 overall, while Windsor’s loss put them at 4-1 in league and 7-1 overall.

The Jaguars’ first loss of the season was going to come any day, Amick said, because of the “average offense” they’ve been playing with.

“But the sun will rise and we will play football next week,” he said. “This doesn’t mean our season is over.”

Jags footballers stay perfect with win over Santa Rosa...

 
 
 

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Windsor to host Rancho Cotate Friday in Homecoming Game

The varsity football Jags kept their historic unbeaten streak alive on Friday, using a tremendous second-half performance to power past the host Santa Rosa Panthers, 33-16.

The victory extended Windsor’s season record to a perfect 7-0 and 4-0 in the North Bay League, good for sole possession of first place.  

The latest in the string of victories did not start well for the Jaguars, as they battled back from a lethargic first half to win going away.

“We started slow on Friday, down 8-5 at the half,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “We lost the battle at the line of scrimmage in the first two quarters but we ended up getting it fixed and squared away in the second half.”  

The Jaguars will face one of their stiffest challenges of the season this Friday, Oct. 24 when they entertain visiting Rancho Cotate in the annual homecoming game. The Cougars are fresh off a 34-28 upset loss to Maria Carrillo to fall to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the NBL. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.

“Rancho will be a tough test for us this week,” WHS coach Vic Amick predicted.  “They’re good year in and year out, and will have it out for us considering we beat them at home in the playoffs last year and it’s our Homecoming. We just have to prepare and worry about how we execute,” he added.

Jags a second half team

The mark of every winning team lies in a strong finish, and that was certainly the case on Friday at Santa Rosa.

Down 8-5 with the lone first-half highlight a 35-yard Gedi Tavares field goal, Windsor cranked up its potent offensive attack after intermission.

Quarterback Jalen Roman set the tone in the third quarter in directing a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown march to consume eight minutes and grab the lead for good.

Linebacker Anthony Spallino kept the momentum on the Windsor sideline on the Panther’s next possession, intercepting a Santa Rosa pass and taking it to the house for a two-touchdown advantage.  Roman would add second-half scoring passes to receivers Anthony Rea and Austin Evans en route to an eventual 33-16 win.

Although not their best effort of the year, the Windsor charges continued to show resilience and determination, key ingredients needed in a championship run.   

“Our guys never quit on one another and their confidence never waivers,” Amick noted. “Good teams always find a way to win.”

Roman turned in another remarkable performance under center, finishing with 100 yards and two touchdowns through the air while adding 110-yards on the ground. Other offensive leaders were Anthony Rea (8-90 yards receiving, TD), Austin Evans (receiving TD), and Tavares (35-yard field goal).  

Top defenders were Evans (3 sacks, safety), Spallino (7 tackles, INT, TD), and Mitchell Bruning (8 tackles).

Jags footballers stay perfect with 10-7 win on Friday

October 11, 2014
 

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:17 pm

Windsor pushes record to 6-0; visits Santa Rosa on Friday

It may not have been pretty, but it was a “W.”

That was the sentiment as the unbeaten Jaguars walked off the field following a 10-7 dog-fight over host Montgomery on Friday, keeping Windsor’s magical season alive at a perfect 6-0 and 3-0 in the North Bay League.

Although the win was ugly from an offensive standpoint, the Jaguars were no doubt pleased with the game-saving effort of its defensive unit.

“It was a tough game and Montgomery gave us their best fight,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “Offensively we need to be better upfront and in letting our playmakers make plays.  Defensively we were lights out, it was one of the best performances I've seen in some time.”

Next up for the Jags is a Friday, Oct. 17 visit to Ernie Nevers Field to take on Santa Rosa.  The Panthers ran their record to 1-2 in league and 1-5 on the season with a 35-26 loss to Maria Carrillo last week.

“Going into Santa Rosa we have to fight ourselves in the mid-season grind and have a great week of practice,” Amick noted.

Jags’ defense keys win

It was apparent early on that Friday’s meeting at Montgomery would not be business as usual for the potent Windsor offense, but rather a grind-it-out battle won in the trenches.

The Jaguars drew first blood in the opening quarter on a 34-yard field goal by kicker/receiver Gedi Tavares for an early 3-0 lead, accounting for all the points scored in the game’s first 24 minutes. The Vikings threatened just before the half, but their 75-yard drive would go unrewarded when a bad snap ruined a 22-yard field goal attempt.

Still clinging to a 3-0 in the third quarter, defender Evan Legaspi picked off a Vikings pass to give Windsor the ball at midfield.  Jag’s quarterback Jalen Roman made Monty pay on the ensuing series when he hooked up with Tavares on a 50-yard catch and run to put the Jaguars up 10-0 at the end of three.

Montgomery climbed back into the game in the fourth quarter, cashing in on a two-yard keeper from quarterback Richard Flores to cut the deficit to three points. It was all Windsor would allow the rest of the way as they dug in for a gritty 10-7 win.  

Roman finished up with eight completions on 18 pass attempts for 84 yards and one touchdown, while adding 36 yards on the ground. Other top offensive players were Jackson Baughman (12-57 yards rushing, 2-16 yards receiving), Hunter Hanson (3-15 yards rushing), Dmitri Acken (2-12 yards rushing), Aron Hermasillo (1-4 yards rushing), Brooks Skinner (1-3 yards rushing), Tavares (1-50 yards receiving, TD), Mitchell Bruning (1-5 yards receiving), Legaspi (1-7 yards receiving), and Anthony Rea (1-6 yards receiving).      

Although complete stats were unavailable, leading defenders included Sam Fletcher (10 tackles), Acken (5 tackles, 2 sacks) and Legaspi (INT).

Windsor struggles but stays perfect

October 11, 2014

By RICHARD J. MARCUS
For The Press Democrat

Friday night’s 10-7 grind-it-out victory by the visiting Jaguars over Montgomery was no masterpiece, but it was enough to keep Windsor (6-0, 3-0) undefeated and retain a share of the top NBL top -spot. The Vikings, on the other hand, will drop to the middle of the pack in league standings.

“The game wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and we will take it any way we can get it,” Windsor (6-0, 3-0) coach Vic Amick said. “We have a lot of mistakes to clean up.”

Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman breaks into the clear. (Press Democrat / Kent Porter)

Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman breaks into the clear. (Press Democrat / Kent Porter)

It was Montgomery (2-4, 1-2) that burned itself with costly mistakes at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, leading to the key stretch of the game.

With the Jaguars leading 3-0 courtesy of a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter by Gedi Tavares, the Vikings put together an impressive 75-yard drive in the final minute of the first half. The drive stalled, however, and Montgomery lined up for a 22-yard field goal attempt by Jordan Page. The snap was slightly high and it went through the holder’s hands for a blown opportunity.

The Vikings did not convert the long drive into any points, giving Windsor momentum going into the half.

“We got a big stop defensively at the end of the half,” Amick said. “They make that field goal and it’s a different game.”
Montgomery coach Marcello Bautista concurred: “That missed field goal hurt, but we had our opportunities. Then in the second half we threw an interception and let Windsor score on the next play.”

To wit, the Vikings retained possession to start the second half, but three plays in Montgomery quarterback Richard Flores was intercepted by Windsor’s Evan Legaspi at the 50-yard line.

On the next play, Jaguars quarterback Jalen Roman had a rarity — time to sit in the pocket — and took advantage. Roman aired out a long bomb to a streaking Tavares, who beat double coverage for the 50-yard touchdown and a 10-0 Windsor lead.

“It was a hitch-and-go route and I have complete faith in Gedi. He is a track guy,” Roman said. “I threw it and knew he scored when I heard the crowd cheer.”

Both quarterbacks were under duress much of the night. Roman (87-187, 8478 yards passing) was slowed by an ailing foot and Montgomery dialed up the defensive blitz frequently to pressure him on passes and keep him contained on the ground (16 rushes for 36 yards).

“We knew he was slowed up and we wanted to put some pressure on him,” Montgomery coach Marcello Bautista said.

“Our offensive line did not play well tonight to say the least,” Amick said. “They made a lot of mistakes and didn’t execute like in practice.”

Meanwhile, Windsor’s defensive front kept Montgomery’s offense under lock-and-key most of the night, included sacking Flores (15-32, 173 yards) four times and flushing him from the pocket at critical times.

“Windsor is big up front defensively,” Bautista said. “Our offense struggled but they played better than the last few games. Flores played better then he has in previous games.”

Montgomery trailed 10-0 until 5:41 left in the fourth quarter when the Vikings put together an 85-yard drive, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Flores.

The Vikings had one last shot with three minutes to go as they took possession at their own 38-yard line. Several Windsor defensive sacks and a costly offensively interference penalty against the Vikings led to a 4th-and-30 and Montgomery was forced to punt. Windsor salted away the remaining 1:31 to seal the win.

“Our defense stepped up big tonight,” Roman said.

“Our defense won the game, that was pretty evident,” Amick said. “Montgomery is a good football club.”

The Vikings were left with the empty feeling of losing a game they know they could have won.

“Windsor is a good team. It was a good high school football game,” Bautista said. “If we minimized our mistakes the game would have had a different outcome.”

Unbeaten footballers roll over Casa Grande

October 8, 2014
 

Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:51 am

Jags push record to 5-0; visit Montgomery on Friday

Happy days are indeed here again for the WHS football program, as the Jaguars continue to roll over anything in their path.

The Jags claimed perennial power Casa Grande as their latest victim, running roughshod over the visiting Gauchos on Friday in a 27-7 romp.

The resounding victory extended Windsor’s North Bay League record to 2-0 and pushed their season mark to 5-0, just the second time in the program’s history that the team has been unbeaten after five games.

Friday’s win was especially sweet for the Jags, after suffering a 42-7 loss at the hands of the NBL champion Gauchos last year.

“It was a big win for us,” WHS coach Vic Amick said. “This group is special and joined special company becoming the second team to beat Casa in school history along with the undefeated team (in 2011).”

Next up for the Jags is a Friday, Oct. 10 visit to Montgomery, who fell to 1-1 in league and 2-3 on the year after suffering a 42-20 loss to Rancho Cotate last week.  Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Slow start, strong finish      

Windsor shook off a sluggish start in the Oct. 3 meeting with Casa Grande, overcoming a fumble on its opening drive and a couple of damaging mistakes that would keep the game close.  

The Jags drew first blood in the opening period, as quarterback Jalen Roman hit receiver Gedi Tavares on a seven-yard scoring pass for a 7-0 lead at the end of one. Windsor went up by two scores early in the second when receiver Mitchell Bruning hauled in a 40-yard touchdown strike from Roman for a 14-0 advantage. The Gauchos kept within striking distance with a 29-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 14-7 at the half.

The Jags, behind a great defensive effort and a strong push from the offensive line, got it rolling after intermission, with a pair of Windsor drives resulting in a five-yard touchdown strike from Roman to Sam Fletcher, followed by a seven-yard scoring run by Roman to make it 27-7.

The Jags went to an effective ground game in the fourth quarter, and the Windsor defense did the rest en route to a 27-7 victory.

Roman enjoyed another terrific night under center, completing 11 of 17 passes for 256 yards and three scores, while adding 60 yards rushing and one touchdown.

Other offensive leaders included Bruning (7-150 yards receiving, TD), Tavares (4-50 yards receiving, TD) and Fletcher (1-5 yards receiving, TD).

Anchoring the Windsor defensive unit were Dmitri Acken (8 tackles), Bradley Clark (6 tackles, sack) and Fletcher (6 tackles).

Windsor makes it look easy

October 7, 2014
Windsor's Hunter Hanson, left,  protects his quarterback Jalen Roman, right, during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, October 3, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Windsor’s Hunter Hanson, left, protects his quarterback Jalen Roman, right, during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, October 3, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

By KERRY BENEFIELD
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

There was a moment in the fourth quarter Friday night that defined the dominance of the Windsor Jaguars.

The play didn’t seal the game, that was already nailed. But it put a resounding Jaguar stamp on the contest.

There were 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Windsor was up 27-7 over the visiting Casa Grande Gauchos. It was Jaguars ball at midfield with five yards to go on fourth down. Go for it? No question. There was no look to the sideline by wizard-like quarterback Jalen Roman, he just called the play. And the Jaguars promptly picked up seven yards.

There was never any doubt. It’s as if when the Jaguars want something, they just take it.

“There’s no discussion,” Roman said. “We knew that play would get us seven, eight yards.”

That is the way these Jaguars roll. Without doubt. With a confidence that befits a 5-0 team that has beaten teams in the air and on the ground, but usually behind their dynamic leader, Roman.

“I told you he was special,” Jaguars head coach Vic Amick said.

Special? Well, only if 252 passing yards, 60 rushing yards and one touchdown indicates anything above average. And he would have had one more touchdown had a glorious scamper into the end zone not been called back for holding.

And the soft-spoken Roman said he started out a little nervous. After all, only one Windsor football team had ever beaten the Gauchos before.

Make that two.

The season has been a dramatic turnabout for both squads that squared off Friday night.

The Gauchos mauled opponents right and left last season, roaring to a 13-0 record before falling to Miramonte High School in the North Coast Section Championship game. That team featured two offensive and defensive stars who are currently suiting up for Division 1 programs.

That Casa squad took apart the Jaguars 42-7.

But that was last season.

This season, the Gauchos have yet to win a contest and a squad that routinely posted 40 points a game last year is having trouble getting on the board.

It’s a new story for Windsor, too.

Last season, the Windsor Jaguars went 6-6 overall and 3-4 in league.

This season, it’s a different story. Entirely.

Friday night’s game highlighted a team Amick said is good now but could become utterly dominating. Cut the mistakes, the interceptions, the fouls from Friday night’s game and the result could have been even more lopsided.

“That’s the scary thing about our team,” he said.

Despite “hitting for the cycle on mistakes,” according to Amick, the Jaguars were up 14-7 at the half. They were a breath away from adding six more but Roman’s pass just shy of the goal line was picked off with about 20 seconds left in the second quarter.

In the second half, there were more highlight-reel plays from Roman. A broken play that sent the speedy QB scrambling, then rolling to his right before lofting a pass to Mitchell Bruning. That was Roman’s favorite of the night.

“I kind of just floated it to him, kept my eyes down the field,” he said.

Remarkably, this is the first season at the helm for Roman. Last year, he was catching balls from senior quarterback Colin McAlvain.

But that was last year. This season, Roman’s the senior and Roman’s the guy.

“His arm is as strong as they come,” Amick said before the game.

“We could line up Jalen anywhere on the field and he’s going to be the best player at it.”

Part of what makes these Jaguars special, besides that 5-0 start, is their closeness. Most of these key players have been together since pee-wee football.

That pays dividends at this level, and this crop of Jaguars is reaping the rewards — and making life miserable for everybody else.

“We knew we had a special group of guys,” Amick said. “We knew we had the talent to do whatever we please to do.

“They are as tight a group as we have ever had,” he said.

 

NBL

 

AT CASA GRANDE

 

Windsor        7  7  13 0  – 27

Casa Grande 0  7   0 0   – 7

 

W- Gedi Tavares, 7 yard pass from Jalen Roman (Tavares kick)

 

W – Mitchell Bruning, 40 yard pass from Roman (Tavares kick)

 

CG – Kaleo Garrigon, 29 yard pass from J.J. Anderson (kick Matt Abramo)

 

W – Sam Fletcher, 5 yard pass from Roman (PAT failed)

 

W- Roman, 7 yard run (Tavares kick)

You can reach staff columnist Kerry Benefield at 526-8671 or kerry.benefield@pressdemocrat.com and on Twitter @benefield.

Unbeaten Jags pound Ukiah 49-7 in opener...

October 7, 2014
 

Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:34 pm

Windsor entertains Casa Grande this Friday

The Jaguars enjoyed some home cooking on Friday in the North Bay League football opener at a packed Kirkpatrick Stadium in Windsor, jumping all over visiting Ukiah in a 49-7 romp.

The resounding victory was Windsor’s fourth in as many outings, the best start for the program since capturing the North Coast Section title in 2011.

The Jaguars will put their win streak on the line when they host Casa Grande this Friday, Oct. 3.  Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.   The Gauchos (0-1, 0-4) are off to their worst start in years following a 45-10 loss to Rancho Cotate last week.

Quick start stuns ‘Cats

Although the Jag’s previous three wins followed a different script, Friday’s victory at the expense of an over-matched Wildcat’s squad was equally impressive.

“We knew we had to start fast, we had to be tough and execute at a high level,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “There were some pre-game distractions with the lightning and thunder and the JV game being postponed and then canceled.  It was hard to overcome, but we are able to achieve our goals.”

Windsor got the crowd into it early when linebacker Sam Fletcher picked off a Ukiah pass and took it to the house for a stunning 7-0 lead with just 15 seconds gone.  The Jags went up by two scores on their next possession, capping a 65-yard march with a short scoring burst from Dmitri Acken to make it 14-0.  The Wildcat’s defense had no answer on Windsor’s next drive, resulting in another short touchdown run to put the Jags up 21-0 at the end of one.

The Windsor defensive unit kept the ‘Cats off the board in the second quarter, stopping a couple of promising drives to take over on downs. The Jaguars obliged when a long pass play from quarterback Jalen Roman to receiver Mitchell Bruning set up another five-yard touchdown run by Acken. The Jags finished up an explosive half when Roman broke loose for a spectacular 60-yard scoring run off a keeper for a 35-0 lead at the break.

The Jaguars used the big cushion to get their bench involved after intermission, but their was no let-up in sight as Windsor powered to an eventual 49-7 win.

Roman (9-14, 140 yards passing, TD) enjoyed another brilliant night with his legs,  churning up 160 yards on the ground with one score, and had another three touchdowns called back due to penalties. Other top offensive players included Acken (40 yards rushing, 2 TDs), Hunter Hanson (5-40 yards rushing, TD), Gedi Tavares (3-50 yards receiving, TD, 7 PAT kicks), and Brooks Skinner (3-30 yards receiving, TD).

Top defenders were Fletcher (10 tackles, INT, TD), Anthony Spallino (8 tackles), Bruning (8 tackles), Austin Evans (2 sacks) and Braxton Canady (sack).

Lightening cancels JV game       

Friday’s quick-moving weather system caused game officials to cancel the junior varsity game between Windsor and Ukiah. At press time no make-up date had been set.

Second half rally sparks Jaguars past Miramonte, 49-27

POUNDING THE ROCK

POUNDING THE ROCK

Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman (11) found a hole in the Jaguar's 49-27 victory at Miramonte on Friday.  The Jags pushed their record to 3-0 entering the bye week.

 

by Greg Clementi Sports Editor gpclementi@yahoo.com

Windsor extends record to 3-0 entering bye week

The Jaguars finished up an unbeaten pre-league football schedule on Friday, using a big-play defense and a strong second half push to roll past defending North Coast Section Division-2 champion Miramonte, 49-27.

The impressive victory made it 3-0 to start the 2014 campaign, the first time the varsity squad has won its first three games since capturing the NCS title in 2011. In fact, the Jags represent the only North Bay League team still unbeaten this year.

With an open date on Friday, Windsor enters its bye week with a full head of steam and two weeks to prepare for the next challenge – a Friday, Sept. 26 home clash against Ukiah in the NBL opener.

Slow start, strong finish

It was a tale of two halves in Orinda on Friday, as the host Matadors did the bulk of their damage in the first half before Windsor got rolling after intermission.

Miramonte drew first blood in the opening period when QB/defensive back Ryan Anderson picked off a pass and raced 55 yards for an early 7-0 lead. The Jaguars answered when quarterback Jalen Roman found receiver Mitchell Bruning on an 11-yard scoring strike to knot the contest at 7-7. Windsor later used a 17-yard interception return by linebacker Sam Fletcher to grab a 14-7 edge at the end of one.

The Matadors surged back into the lead in the second quarter when Anderson fired a 12-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Stehr to tie the game at 14-all. Miramonte capped a strong first half with a 78-yard scoring pass for a 20-14 advantage at the break.

The second half belonged to Windsor, as big-play man Mitchell Bruning cashed in with a blocked punt, falling on the ball in the end-zone. Gedi Tavares followed with one of his eventual seven PAT kicks for a 21-20 Jags lead.

Following a key interception by linebacker Anthony Spallino, Windsor fullback Dmitri Acken cashed in with a 10-yard touchdown burst to make it 28-20. Roman finished up a stellar period when he hit Bruning on a 15-yard scoring dagger for a 35-27 cushion after three.

Windsor’s stifling defense owned the final quarter as the Jaguars iced the game with a five-yard touchdown pass from Roman to Bruning, followed by a one-yard scoring plunge from Hunter Hanson en route to a 49-27 win.

“Miramonte was a battle, we came out super flat in the first half,” WHS head coach Vic Amick reflected. “We didn't change anything at the half, we just told them we need to play better team football and to play with more passion and more heart.”

Roman logged his third straight 100-yard rushing performance, churning up 150 yards on 14 carries, adding another 112 yards passing and three touchdowns. Other offensive leaders were Bruning (7-75 yards receiving, 3 TDs), Acken (11-100 yards rushing, TD), Hanson (6-50 yards rushing, TD), and Lance Langhals (2-18 yards receiving).

Leading defenders were Fletcher (8 tackles, INT, TD), Spallino (8 tackles, INT) and Bruning (blocked punt, TD). 

Windsor rolls at Miramonte, improves to 3-0

By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

ORINDA — A 2-0 start was great news for Windsor, but wins over Granada and Benicia were a little different from Friday night’s assignment. This was Miramonte, one of the top football programs in the Bay Area and the reigning North Coast Section Division 2 champion, and it was on the road.

“We made that a point of emphasis, that they have something that we want,” Windsor coach Vic Amick said. “That was ours three years ago, but we haven’t tasted that in a while. We kind of emphasized that all week in practice. They’re defending champions, and they’re not gonna let us come into their house and lay down.”

Amick’s crew was up to the challenge. The Jaguars served notice that they may be ready to contend for a North Bay League title, overcoming a 20-14 halftime deficit and running away with an impressive 49-27 win.

Windsor is 3-0 for the first time since it went undefeated and won a section title in 2011. Miramonte, shockingly, is 0-3.
Windsor scored on an interception return by Sam Fletcher, a blocked punt and recovery in the end zone by Mitchell Bruning, and three touchdown passes from Jalen Roman to Bruning in a game that was full of big plays.

Some of those big plays came at the end of the second quarter, and they very nearly undid Windsor.

With the score 14-14, Miramonte got the ball on its own 26 with 1:49 left in the half. Moments later, facing third-and-12 at the Windsor 47, Matadors quarterback Ryan Anderson found Spencer Hardwick over the middle; a Jaguars defender took a bad angle to the receiver, and Hardwick sped for a touchdown.

After a botched extra point, Miramonte recovered an onside kick and was right back in business.
Then came a huge turning point. As the seconds wound down, Anderson lofted a Hail Mary pass that Matadors receiver Sutter Lindberg grabbed out of the sky. The home crowd erupted, but Lindberg was ruled down at the 1 – with no time on the clock.
Windsor had dodged a bullet.

Whatever the Jaguars coaches said to their players at halftime it worked.
Windsor quickly forced Miramonte to go three-and-out, and Bruning blocked the punt and fell on it in the end zone to give his team a 21-20 lead. The Jaguars added a 10-yard run by massive lineman-turned-running back Dmitri Acken and a 15-yard scoring pass from Jalen Roman to Bruning, sandwiched around an interception by Anthony Spallino, and the rout was on.

“Maybe it was hot. Maybe we got here a little too early today, I don’t know what it was. But we were flat,” Amick said. “And that’s not who we are. We’ve worked too hard, done too many things in the offseason to come out that flat in the first half. Our guys have heart. They’re a great family. We never quit on each other.”
Miramonte wasn’t quite finished. On the final play from scrimmage of the third quarter, Anderson hit Lindberg with a pass, two Jaguars missed tackled and Lindberg went 78 yards for a touchdown that cut the score to 35-27.

Undaunted, Windsor dominated the fourth quarter and left with a big victory.
Roman rushed for 146 yards and passed for 112 in the game, brushing aside an early pick-six that put his team in a 7-0 hole just 2:10 into the game. He also recovered a fumble to preserve a drive and make a touchdown possible

.
“Great leader,” Amick said. “I’ve said this and I’ll say it again: He’s one of the better players in the Empire. He’s a straight-out football player. He’s not a quarterback by nature. He’s a football player by nature. He does special things that we can’t even tell him to do.”
Acken rushed for 58 yards in the second half as he wore down the Matadors.

The crazy thing is, Windsor can get even better. The Jaguars were missing several injured players Friday, including three lineman, and will get most of them back soon. And Amick said his kids aren’t “great practice players” yet.

They do play with heart, though, as the coach told them after the game. Then he gave them the good news:
“Bye week. No film tomorrow.”
Windsor gets a week off and returns to open North Bay League play against Ukiah.

Footballers power past Benicia, 21-7...

 

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 

Jaguars put 2-0 record on line at Miramonte on Friday

The varsity football Jaguars logged their second straight win of the campaign on Friday, slipping past home-standing Benicia in impressive fashion, 21-7.

The victory avenged a 34-27 loss to the Panthers last season and gives the Jags added momentum heading into a titanic road clash at perennial power Miramonte this Friday, Sept. 12 (5/7:30 p.m.).

“It was a good quality win, we've had that one circled since last year when they stole one at home from us,” victorious WHS coach Vic Amick said. “It was big for us and our young team to go on the road and play the way we did.”

Despite missing key starters, particularly on the offensive line, Windsor churned up 275 yards on the ground against Benicia, the bulk of the damage done by quarterback Jalen Roman and bruising fullback Dmitri Acken.    

“I'm very proud of our offensive line which was without starters Kyle Davis (concussion) and Cameron Caughey (dislocated shoulder),” Amick noted. “Other guys stepped up and we were able to run the ball behind them.”

The Panthers drew first blood on Friday on their opening drive to take an early 7-0 lead, but it only served to awaken a determined Windsor squad. The Jags clawed back in the first period when Acken capped a prolonged march with a four-yard touchdown burst, knotting the contest at 7-7 at the end of one.

The Jaguars broke the deadlock in the second quarter, finding pay-dirt on another 29-yard scoring jaunt from Acken for a 14-7 edge. Windsor’s defensive unit spoiled a couple of promising Panther’s drives with interceptions late in the period to help preserve a seven-point lead at the break.

The second half belonged to Windsor, with a strong push from the front seven effectively throttling the Benicia offense for the last 24 minutes. The Jags iced the game in the third quarter on a one-yard scoring plunge from Roman to cap an eventual 21-7 win.

“I'm just proud of how we’ve played with so much passion and togetherness as a unit,” Amick noted. “These kids have worked as hard as any group we've had and the two games so far have been a justification of that.”

Roman eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the second straight game, churning up 136 yards on 19 carries and one score while completing seven of 12 pass attempts for 90 yards.  Acken finished a great night with 11 rushes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Leading the defensive charge for Windsor were Lucas Campos (10 tackles), Evan Legaspi (8 tackles, INT), Sam Fletcher (8 tackles), and Anthony Rea (7 tackles, INT).

Jags run past Granada, 30-10 in season grid opener...

 

 

Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 

The varsity football Jaguars served notice of great things to come on Friday, turning back visiting Granada, 30-10 in the much anticipated season opener before a packed house at Kirkpatrick Stadium.

Windsor used outstanding efforts from many of their skill position players and a dominant effort from the men in the trenches to erase an early 10-3 deficit.

Senior quarterback Jalen Roman logged a sensational 2014 debut under center, completing 11 of 15 pass attempts for 133 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 10 rushes for 100 yards on the ground.

“I thought we played great for starting 16 juniors,” victorious WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “There were times when we sputtered but I couldn't be more happy with the heart and passing we had for four quarters.”

The Jags (1-0) will quickly turn their attention to their next pre-league obstacle – a Friday, Sept. 5 visit to Benicia.  The Panthers (0-1) are coming off a 48-13 loss to Concord in their opener last week. Kickoff for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.    

Dominant second half keys win

The Jaguars drew first blood on Friday with a field goal in the opening quarter, but the Matadors answered with 10 straight points for a 10-3 lead.

It would prove to be the high water mark for Granada, as Roman found speedy receiver Gedi Tavares on a long scoring pass early in the second peirod to knot the contest at 10-10 at the break.    

The second half belonged to Windsor, as the Jaguar’s defense began to take control of the line of scrimmage.  Leading 17-10, Windsor linebacker Sam Fletcher intercepted a pass and took it 20 yards to the house to open up a 23-10 advantage at the end of three.

“Sam’s pick was huge and gave us life in the second half,” Amick noted.

The Jaguars added one more insurance score in the fourth quarter en route to a 30-10 win.

In addition to Roman, other big offensive contributors included Tavares (3-60 yards receiving, TD), Mitchell Bruning (5-45 yards receiving, TD), and Lance Langhals (TD). Leading defenders included Bruning (10 tackles), Cameron Caughey (2 sacks), Fletcher (INT, TD), and Evan Legaspi (INT).

WHS football schedule

Sept. 5 @ Benicia (5/7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 12 @ Miramonte (5/7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 19 – Bye

Sept. 26  @ Ukiah (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 3 @ Casa Grande (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 10  @ Montgomery (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 17 @ Santa Rosa (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 24 @ Rancho Cotate (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 31 @ Maria Carrillo (5/7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 7 @ Cardinal Newman (5/7:30 p.m.

BIG?PLAY MAN

September 2, 2014

 

Senior quarterback Jalen Roman (11) will lead an improved Jaguar’s squad, as the team kicks off the 2014 campaign this Friday against visiting Granada.

Jaguars football season returns

September 2, 2014

by Greg Clementi Sports Editor 

Windsor kicks off season on Friday vs. Granada

The varsity football Jaguars figure to field a blend of talent and experience this fall, as they look to battle for the upper echelon in the rough and tumble North Bay League.

Windsor is in the final stages of preparation for the season opener in the friendly confines this Friday, Aug. 29 against visiting Granada, as the JV and varsity kickoff off at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

The Jaguars have their sights set firmly on a return to the post-season, after finishing the 2013 NBL campaign tied for fifth place at 3-4. Windsor scored a win over Rancho Cotate in the NCS opener before finishing the year at an even 6-6.

The team figures to benefit greatly from a season of growth with 23 juniors and 15 seniors on this year’s roster, a team that is battle-tested and ready to take the next step toward football prominence.

The list of key returnees starts with senior quarterback Jalen Roman, a proven playmaker who moves over from the wide-receiver spot of a year ago. With the ability to burn the opposition with both his arm and legs, Roman should keep defenses guessing as he directs a balanced offensive attack.

Other key returnees on offense are bruising fullbacks Dmitri Acken and Anthony Spallino, and running backs Hunter Hanson and Bradley Clark. Wide receivers include Evan Legaspi, Anthony Rea, Jared Evans and Lance Langhals, and tight end Mitchell Bruning.

The Jaguars will feature one of the best weapons in the league with returning kicker Gedi Tavares.

Defensively, Windsor will boast an outstanding linebacking corps that includes run-stopping juniors Mitchell Bruning and Sam Fletcher, and seniors Anthony Spallino, and Bradley Clark. The defensive backfield will be led by Legaspi, Rea, Langhals and Roman. Tackle Dmitri Acken will anchor the D-Line.

The Jags will need to negotiate a tough league schedule, with perennial powers Casa Grande, Rancho Cotate and Cardinal Newman expected to be the top dogs in the chase for the NBL crown.  

2014 WHS football schedule

Aug. 29 — Granada (5/7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 5 —  @ Benicia (5/7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 12 — @ Miramonte (5/7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 19 — Bye

Sept. 26 — Ukiah (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 3 — Casa Grande (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 10 — @ Montgomery (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 17 — @ Santa Rosa (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 24 — Rancho Cotate (5/7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 31 — Maria Carrillo (5/7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 7 — @ Cardinal Newman (5/7:30 p.m.)

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