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Jags footballers stay perfect with 10-7 win on Friday
October 11, 2014
Quarterback Jalen Roman led the Jaguars to a tough 10-7 win over host Montgomery on Oct. 10. The Jags will put their unbeaten record on the line this Friday at Santa Rosa.
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.
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)
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.”
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Unbeaten footballers roll over Casa Grande
October 8, 2014
RUN AFTER CATCH
Mitchell Bruning (8) avoided a Casa Grande defender after a reception in the Jags 27-7 win over the Gauchos on Friday. The Jags went to an effective ground game in the fourth quarter, and the Windsor defense did the rest.
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)
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.
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 email@example.com and on Twitter @benefield.
Unbeaten Jags pound Ukiah 49-7 in opener...
October 7, 2014
POUNDING THE ROCK
WHS quarterback Jalen Roman churned up 160 yards on the ground to lead the unbeaten Jaguars past visiting Ukiah, 49-7. Windsor will host Casa Grande on Oct. 3.
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.
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
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.
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...
Mitchell Bruning is one of a strong group of juniors on an improved Jaguars football squad this season. The 2-0 Jags will visit Miramonte this Friday.
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...
Football receiver Gedi Tavares hauled in a long pass in the second quarter to key a 30-10 win over visiting Granada in the season opener on Aug. 29.
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).
Sept. 5 @ Benicia (5/7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 12 @ Miramonte (5/7:30 p.m.)
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.
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
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. 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.)
|Friday, Oct 24 |
|Ukiah (CA) @ Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) ||7:00pm ||Cardinal Newman |
|Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa) @ Casa Grande (Petaluma) ||7:30pm ||Casa Grande |
|Analy (Sebastopol) @ El Molino (Forestville) ||7:30pm ||El Molino |
|Petaluma (CA) @ Elsie Allen (Santa Rosa) ||7:30pm ||Elsie Allen |
|Sonoma Valley (Sonoma) @ Healdsburg (CA) ||7:30pm ||Healdsburg |
|Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park, CA) @ Windsor ||7:30pm ||windsor |
|Montgomery (Santa Rosa) @ Santa Rosa (CA) ||7:36pm ||Santa Rosa |
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