LONGMONT -- The Longmont High football team is still trying to put together a complete game after a tough 27-17 homecoming loss to seventh-ranked Windsor on Friday.
Allowing 31.75 points per game, the Trojans had earned two wins by outgunning their opponents before Friday. After allowing 21 first-half points to the Northern Conference-leading Wizards, the Trojans defense answered the call, and some questions, against the 2011 3A state champs in the second half.
"This was homecoming; this was a big game," said Longmont's Joe Lopez, who had two sacks, one of which caused a fumble and got the Trojans the ball back in the second quarter. "We wanted to show who we are as a defense and I think we did that in the second half. But I still think we have more to improve."
Against the big Wizards front line and multiple-tailback option attack, the Trojans conceded 380 rushing yards. But in the second half, they held the Wizards and quarterback Joseph Sanger, who leads the conference with 10 rushing touchdowns, to six points while outscoring the Wizards 10-0 and trying to mount a comeback.
"Those guys were big and aggressive," Trojans leading tackler Kyler Leroux said. "I know we did our best but it just wasn't our day. I feel like we could have stopped it but we'll come back strong next week."
The Trojans kept it close to the end. Senior defensive back Drew Magee forced a fumble and senior defensive back Marcus Vasquez recovered the ball in their own redzone during the game's final minutes. But an interception on the next play returned the ball to the Wizards, who scored another touchdown and ran out the clock.
Tailbacks Drake Greeott and Logan Goodner combined for the Trojans' two touchdowns. Senior Miles Bergner added another long field foal, a 44-yarder in the third quarter.
Offensively, the Trojans showed an added emphasis on the passing game, going deep several times with mixed success in the first half. But they managed just 75 rushing yards, well below their average.
Senior quarterback Forrest Wetterstrom entered the game third in the Northern Conference with 432 rushing yards. But after leading the Trojans to a gritty win over Mountain View last week, he couldn't get anything going against the Wizards, getting tackled six times for negative yardage.
While the Trojans' enigmatic offense has demonstrated big-play ability in its first four games the big plays weren't there on Friday. Longmont had both an 88-yard kick return touchdown by freshman David Speidel and a 62-yard touchdown catch by freshman Eli Sullivan, who still finished with 83 yards, called back for penalties in the first half.
"I thought we did some very, very good things and showed a lot of heart," Johnson said. "In the second half we did very well. We have a good football team and we showed spurts of really, really good football tonight and that has me excited."
The loss dropped the Trojans to 2-3, including losses to 5A opponents Ralston Valley and Westminster. After losing Friday's battle of the two teams favored in the preseason to win the Northern Conference, the Trojans will travel to Fort Collins to take on Thompson Valley next week.
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Windsor 27, Longmont 17
At Longmont H.S.
Windsor (4-1, 2-0) 6 15 0 6 -- 27
Longmont (2-3, 1-1) 7 0 10 0 -- 17
Windsor -- Joseph Sanger1 run (kick no good).
Longmont -- Drake Greeott 2 run (Miles Bergner kick).
Windsor -- Drew Bunday 4 run (Jordan Porterfield run).
Windsor -- Sanger 49 run (Ryan Romero kick).
Longmont -- Logan Goodner 5 run (Bergner kick).
Longmont -- Bergner 44 field goal.
Windsor -- Sanger 7 run (kick blocked).
First downs 15 15
Rushes-yards 54-380 38-75
Passing yards 24 124
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 5-17-3
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 2-0
Penalties-Yards 3-35 3-30
RUSHING -- Windsor: Blake Bunday 14-90, Joseph Sanger 18-117, Jordan Porterfield 14-98, Drew Bunday 4-38, Brandon King 4-37; Longmont: Forrest Wetterstrom 18-7, Drake Greeott 3-6, Logan Goodner 7-21, Eli Sullivan 4-23, Joe Lopez 1-7, Miles Rivera 1-6, Clint Sigg 4-5.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Windsor: Sanger 2-4-0-24; Longmont: Wetterstrom 5-16-3-124, Sigg 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING -- Windsor: Alex Baldwin 2-24; Longmont: Sullivan 2-83, Duncan McCabe 1-15, Greeott 1-10, Rivera 1-6.