Windsor improves to 5-2; will visit Cardinal Newman on Friday
Every successful football team has a signature victory it can point to that propels them to a winning season.
The varsity football Jaguars may have scored such a win on Friday at Ernie Nevers Field in Santa Rosa, amassing nearly 400 yards rushing to dispatch a solid Panther’s squad, 50-26.
The resounding victory pushed Windsor’s season record to 5-2, and an even 2-2 in the North Bay League.
The Jaguars won’t have much time to enjoy their latest victory as they turn their attention to their next obstacle - a Friday, Oct. 21 visit to Cardinal Newman.
The Cardinals (6-1, 4-0) enter this week’s contest riding a four-game win streak following a 50-7 drubbing over Montgomery on Oct. 14 and represent a formidable challenge for Windsor on Friday.
Jags crank up run game
The Panthers had no answer for Windsor’s bruising ground attack in their Homecoming Game, as the Jag’s offensive line opened up gaping holes for running backs Jackson Baughman and David Escarcega all night.
With quarterback Kobe Roman directing traffic, the duo set the tone on the opening drive with a 67-yard march fueled by big runs and culminating in a one-yard scoring plunge by Escarcega. Olin Piotter followed with the PAT kick and Windsor led 7-0.
The Panthers clawed back on their first play from scrimmage, as quarterback Isaiah Steele found receiver Cassius Banks on a 64-yard touchdown strike to knot the contest at 7-7 at the end of one.
The Panthers took the lead early in the second quarter when Banks scored on a short scoring run to make 14-7 Santa Rosa.
It would prove the high-water mark of the night for the Panthers, as the Jaguars’ offensive line took charge while their defense stiffened.
In the midst of a career night, Baughman capped Windsor’s next march with a four-yard touchdown plunge, followed by a two-point conversion pass from holder Casey Horton to Joey Pignataro to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Baughman picked off a pass on Santa Rosa’s next possession, leading to a 39-yard catch and run from Roman to Baughman to make it 22-14.
Roman capped a dominant second quarter with a one-yard touchdown dive to give Windsor a 29-14 lead at the half.
The Jaguars continued to pour it on after intermission, trading scores with a mistake-prone Panther’s squad to open up a 43-26 advantage at the end of three.
Roman put an end to any comeback hopes for Santa Rosa in the final period with another rushing touchdown as Windsor powered to a 50-26 win.
Baughman did everything but sell hot dogs, finishing up a great night with 137 yards on 21 carries and 4 touchdowns.
Escarcega rushed for 135 yards on 19 touches and one score, while Roman tallied two rushing touchdowns while throwing for another.
There were no defensive stats available for Windsor.
Jags footballers pound Montgomery, 28-8
October 5, 2016
Windsor receiver Jorgen Sarganis (5) was wrapped up by a Montgomery defender after a reception in the Jaguar's 28-8 win over the host Vikings on Friday. Windsor will host Rancho Cotate in the Homecoming Game on Oct. 7.By Greg Clementi
Home field passes test, Windsor to host Rancho in Homecoming Game.
The Jaguars turned in one of their best efforts of the season on Friday at Montgomery, exploiting five Viking turnovers to lead from start to finish in a 28-8 romp in Santa Rosa.
The dominant victory pushed Windsor’s season record to 4-1 and an even 1-1 in the North Bay League.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars received confirmation that their home field has been deemed playable for the first time this season. After failing a compaction test in August, the seven-year-old all-weather turf has undergone a total replacement of the synthetic fill and will be ready to go on Friday.
The timing couldn’t be better, as the Jags return to the friendly confines of Kirkpatrick Stadium on Friday, Oct. 7 to host Rancho Cotate in the annual Homecoming Game. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
The Cougars (2-0, 3-2) are coming off a 41-9 shellacking over Casa Grande on Sept. 30 and their high-octane offense figures to provide a stiff challenge to the Windsor defense this week.
The Jaguars wasted no time in establishing control in the Sept. 30 tilt at Montgomery, setting the tone on the opening possession. Quarterback Kobe Roman directed a run-oriented drive resulting in a 6-yard scoring run by senior back David Escarcega. The PAT kick failed and the Jaguars led 6-0.
After recovering an onside kick, the Jags stalled deep in Vikings territory, but the ensuing punt had the Vikings pinned inside their five-yard line. The Windsor defense came up big moments later when linebacker Joey Pignataro sacked the Montgomery quarterback for a safety and the Jags led 8-0. Windsor finished the period with a 26-yard touchdown burst by running back Jackson Baughman for a 14-0 lead at the end of one.
Meanwhile the Windsor defense, which would force five turnovers on the night, continued its outstanding play to throttle the Vikings throughout the second quarter.
The Jaguars gained a three-score advantage when Baughman capped another Windsor march with a 4-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 lead at the half.
The Jaguars kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter, as Roman hooked up with receiver Marcel Sands on a 40-yard scoring strike for a 28-0 bulge at the end of three.
The Vikings avoided the shutout late in the final period on a 4-yard touchdown run from running back Trae Anaya, followed by a successful 2-point conversion try, but the Jags cruised to an eventual 28-8 win.
Roman turned in an effective night under center, completing 12 of 25 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, while churning up 83 yards on the ground.
Baughman led a rushing attack with 10 carries for 101 yards and 2 scores, while Escarcega had 74 rushing yards and a touchdown. Sands was the leading pass catcher with 2 grabs for 52 yards and one score.
Top defenders included Brett Stibi (6 tackles, fumble recovery) and Pignataro (5 tackles, safety, sack, INT).
Windsor footballers fall to Maria Carrillo 12-7 in NBL opener
September 30, 2016
Windsor quarterback Kobe Roman will lead the Jaguars in a road clash at Montgomery this Friday, Sept. 30 in a battle of 3-1 teams. By Vera Roman
3-1 Jags will visit Montgomery this Friday, Sept. 30.
The varsity football Jaguars hit their first road-bump of the 2016 campaign on Friday, falling 12-7 to visiting Maria Carrillo in the North Bay League opener at Bailey Field on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus.
The Pumas erased a 7-0 deficit with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, the last one coming on a 31-yard scoring pass with 3:34 left to pull out an unlikely victory.
The Jaguars (3-1, 0-1) will resume league action this Friday, Sept. 30 when they visit Montgomery in Santa Rosa in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Vikings also fell to 3-1, 0-1 with a 63-21 loss to Rancho Cotate on Sept. 23.
The Jags entered the league opener with Carrillo on a defensive roll, having allowed just seven points in their first three games, including successive shutouts over Northgate and Hayward. The defense continued its outstanding play in recording a season-high 10 sacks against the Pumas on Friday, but it was not enough to overcome costly offensive miscues.
Murphy’s Law was in full effect for the usually steady Windsor offense, which was assessed over 200 yards in penalties, including a pair of touchdowns called back due to flags.
“It was a weird game,” WHS head coach Tom Kirkpatrick said. “We were smothering them on defense but kept shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers. I’ve never seen a team record 10 sacks and still lose the game.”
The Jaguars broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter when quarterback Kobe Roman engineered a drive resulting in a 15-yard scoring strike to receiver Jordan Diaz for a 7-0 lead after three.
The game turned for the Pumas in the fourth when Carrillo running back Tevila Salato scampered in from 11-yards out. The try for the 2-point conversion failed and Windsor led 7-6.
The score remained unchanged until late in the period when Pumas’ quarterback Jake Wolski hit receiver Seth Vernon in the end zone on a 31-yard touchdown pass on a miraculous fourth down play, as Maria Carrillo escaped with a 12-7 win.
Roman finished up a tough night with 9 completions on 20 pass attempts for 120 yards and one touchdown. Jackson Baughman led all Windsor rushers with 51 yards on 6 carries. The linebacking corps of Bret Stibi (12 tackles), Joey Pignataro (11 tackles) and Jarrod Mulholland (10 tackles) played great defense for the Jaguars.
WHS footballers blank Hayward, 28-0 in pre-league finale
September 21, 2016
Jags receiver Zach Rackman has been a go-to player for the unbeaten varsity football team this season. Windsor will host Maria Carrillo on Sept. 23 at Bailey Field on the Santa Rosa JC campus.Photo by Vera Roman
3-0 Jags open NBL campaign vs. Carrillo on Friday at SRJC
The varsity football Jaguars wrapped up a perfect pre-league schedule in style on Sept. 16 at Sunset Field in Hayward, using an outstanding defensive effort to turn back the home-standing Farmers, 28-0.
The victory pushed Windsor’s season record to 3-0, and served as a final tune-up before kicking off the North Bay League schedule this Friday, Sept. 23 against Maria Carrillo.
“We’re happy with the way things have gone so far, I guess it’s better than going 0-3,” joked head coach Tom Kirkpatrick. “Our defense has played pretty soundly and the credit goes to (coach) Brad Stibi and our other coaches that have had the kids ready to play.”
Scheduled as a home date, this Friday’s meeting with the Pumas has been moved to Bailey Field on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus due to on-going problems with Windsor’s all-weather field.
Jags blank Farmers
The Jaguars were all about defense against in their visit to Hayward on Friday, using a swarming effort to give their offense good field position all night.
The Jaguars broke a scoreless tie with 2 minutes left in the opening quarter when quarterback Kobe Roman hooked up with receiver Zach Rackman on a 20-yard scoring pass, followed by an Olin Piotter PAT boot for a 7-0 lead after one.
Windsor busted the game open in a decisive second period, capping an early drive with a 3-yard touchdown burst by running back Jackson Baughman to go up by two scores. The Jags gained separation just before the half when Roman called his own number on a 9-yard keeper to make it 21-0 Windsor at the break.
There was no let up for the Jaguars after intermission as they continued to bottle up the Hayward offense. Windsor capped the evening’s scoring in the third quarter when Baughman dove over from a yard out for his second touchdown of the night en route to an eventual, 28-0 win.
Roman continued to impress in his first varsity season under center, completing 15 of 26 pass attempts for 210 yards and a touchdown, adding 28 yards and another score on the ground.
“Even though he hasn’t played a lot of quarterback, Kobe has really good instincts,” Kirkpatrick noted. “He’s definitely a talented player.”
Other offensive standouts for Windsor included receivers Jorgen Sarganis (4-60 yards), Jordan Diaz (6-65 yards), and Rackman (4-50 yards, TD). Top rushers were Baughman (2 TDs) and David Escarcega (5-37 yards).
Anchoring the Jag’s defensive unit were linebackers Jarrod Mulholland and Joey Pignataro, with 6 tackles apiece.