Logan Goodner wasn't much interested in silver linings on Saturday afternoon.
For all the flying around the Longmont senior linebacker and his mates were doing, it came up an empty effort in a 12-6, punch-to-the-gut loss to Windsor that sent the Wizards to their first ever Class 4A championship game appearance next week.
For a third straight time in the series, the battle between the Trojans and Wizards came down to the wire. The past two meetings have been all about the defense, and the Trojans proved they were ready for the Windsor attack in the semifinal tilt at Everly-Montgomery Field.
Goodner and his partners allowed but 155 yards in all to Windsor (12-1), and amazingly kept the Wizards without a first down the entire first half of play. The lone big play for WHS was a 49-yard run in the third quarter from Landon Schmidt, a play that followed a Longmont fumble and resulted in Windsor's only offensive TD of the game.
Otherwise, the first six possessions for Windsor resulted in either a punt or a turnover on downs.
"I just want to thank coach (Brian) Arndt for putting that together, and man, our defensive line just did not stop (producing)," Goodner said after wrapping up a remarkable individual campaign. "They kept fighting. and even when we were behind we put everything we had into it.
"Sometimes it just doesn't come out the way you want it to, but we wanted it so bad today."
Whether the Wizards tried to move the ball laterally or through the hash marks, the Trojans (12-1) were disciplined and did not miss a lot of tackles, either. Windsor managed just 12 first-half plays.
After getting their first first down to open the third quarter, Windsor again came up empty as Longmont induced a fourth-down stop in LHS territory. And on the next possession, Windsor tried a fake punt on a fourth-and-1, and Schmidt's run was snuffed.
Even in the waning minutes, Longmont's defense made a stand. Down 12-6 with a shade over 2 minutes to go, Windsor needed just one first down to be able to run out the clock. But the Trojans, with Goodner leading the way, forced another punt.
Longmont got the ball back with 1:26 left, but Windsor intercepted a deep ball and still got its chance to kneel out the victory.
"We wanted to get our offense just one more chance, because we knew they could get it done," Goodner said. "All we were doing was for the offense to get another shot. We knew they had a lot of playmakers and we just did what we could."
Longmont's 2015 defense will still go down as one of head coach Doug Johnson's best ever units. They allowed just 174 points over 13 games — an average of just 13.4 a contest.
Even in 2011 when LHS went 11-1, the Trojans allowed 214 points or 17.8 per game.
The Wizards, who were seeded third in the Class 4A playoff field, were even more sturdy on defense this year. This was the first game Longmont did not score a TD this season, and WHS has only allowed 85 points all year.
Windsor will play Loveland in the championship next week at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.