WINDSOR -- The Windsor Wizards have become dream slayers for local prep football teams.

Last season, the Wizards beat three BoCoPreps-area squads in the postseason -- Holy Family, Frederick and Silver Creek -- on their way to the Class 3A state title.

On a snowy Saturday at Dudley Field, Broomfield was the local team seeing its season end at the hands of the Wizards. Three stalled drives inside the Windsor 10-yard line proved too much to overcome for the Eagles as they fell 20-12 in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Down just 20-12 in the third quarter after a fumble recovery by BHS linebacker Connor Eakes and a 56-yard touchdown run by Ryan McCulley on the next play, the Eagles appeared to take all the momentum into the fourth quarter.

But on second and goal from the Windsor 5 with 8 minutes to play, quarterback Angelo Perez's pass slid through the hands of the intended receiver at the goal line, off his shoulder pad and into the arms of defensive back Jordan Porterfield. The Eagles wouldn't penetrate past the Windsor 45 again.

"The ball was up in the air and I knew we needed that stop," Porterfield said of his interception. "This could have been our last game. I made sure it wasn't."

The loss halted ninth-seeded Broomfield's season with a record of 8-3. The 2012 campaign was one that saw the Eagles open the year with a shootout loss to 5A power Pomona. After winning seven straight, they were blown out by Monarch in Week 9, then rebounded with a win in Week 10. Along the way, they weathered myriad key injuries, as well as the absence of coach Gary Davies for about 10 days while he was on paid administrative leave.


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"These guys have battled so much this year, and I was just hoping for a better outcome for them," Davies said. "I was very proud of them. These guys don't quit."

The Eagles will no doubt lament their missed opportunities on Saturday.

Aside from the Porterfield interception, the Eagles had two drives stall on downs inside the Windsor 10 on a wet, slippery day when trying field goals seemed futile. (Both teams suffered failed extra-point attempts after touchdowns.)

A first and goal at the 6 went nowhere midway through the second quarter. On BHS' first drive of the third -- after Porterfield had rushed 65 yards on the first play of the second half for a 20-6 Windsor lead -- the Eagles had a fourth-and-1 at the Windsor 9. But a fade pass to the back of the end zone intended for Dan Perse went long, falling incomplete.

Porterfield, who rushed for 123 yards on the day to complement quarterback Joe Sanger's 138 in the WHS option attack, fumbled on the No. 8 Wizards' next drive to set up McCulley's score. But the missed chances proved painful for BHS.

"We had about three red zone chances," said McCulley, who cut into a 14-0 Windsor lead in the first half with a 37-yard TD scamper up the middle. "It would have been a whole different game if we could have gotten 10 more yards on those."

With Broomfield employing a more balanced attack, Windsor's ground game proved to be a difference maker -- despite fumbling eight times and losing three -- especially in the first half before the Eagles adjusted and got their passing game going some.

The Wizards didn't complete a pass on the day but rushed for 397 yards, including a 50-yard score by Drew Bunday that made it 14-0 late in the first quarter after a 2-point conversion.

Perez played a solid game despite the conditions, running for 37 yards and passing for 119. He completed just eight passes, though several of the incompletions slid through the wet hands of receivers, including a bomb down the middle of the field intended for Conner Gee that looked like a sure touchdown on BHS' final drive.

McCulley rushed for 132 yards, while Perse caught three passes for 77 yards.

"It was definitely tough. It was slick all game," said Perse, a senior. "We made our mistakes as a team. Nobody individually lost this game.

"It is what it is. I wish I could go back and do it again."

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WINDSOR 20, BROOMFIELD 12

At Dudley Field

Broomfield (8-3) 0 6 6 0 -- 12

Windsor (10-1) 14 0 6 0 -- 20


SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

Windsor -- Joe Sanger 5 run (kick failed).

Windsor -- Drew Bunday 50 run (Brandon King run).

Second Quarter

Broomfield -- Ryan McCulley 37 run (kick failed).

Third Quarter

Windsor -- Jordan Porterfield 65 run (kick failed).

Broomfield -- McCulley 56 run (run failed).


BRM WIN

First downs 12 15

Rushes-yards 24-164 60-397

Passing yards 119 0

Comp-Att-Int 8-21-2 0-2-1

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 8-3

Penalties-Yards 5-35 5-50


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Broomfield: McCulley 14-132, Perez 8-37, Gee 1-(-1), Eakes 1-(-4); Windsor: Sanger 24-138, Porterfield 22-123, D. Bunday 7-52, Brandon 4-29, Duve 2-41, Waller 1-14.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Broomfield: Perez 8-21-2-119; Windsor: Sanger 0-2-1-0.

RECEIVING -- Broomfield: Perse 3-77, Panicucci 2-20, Gee 2-19, Plane 1-3; Windsor: None.