BROOMFIELD -- The Windsor football team had demonstrated very little ability to score in the first two weeks of the season, but the floodgates opened on Friday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
After scoring just 14 points combined in their first two contests, the 4A No. 4-ranked Wizards seemingly magically became an offensive juggernaut against the No. 8 Eagles, scoring four touchdowns in the first half of a 40-14 non-league Windsor victory.
The loss dropped Broomfield, a 4A state finalist last year, to 1-2 on the season.
"We shot ourselves in the foot," said Eagles receiver Hunter Nassar, who caught 10 passes for 108 yards but coughed up the ball once. "We weren't doing our responsibilties, doing what we're supposed to do. We went offsides (and had 80 yards in penalties overall). It's on us."
Broomfield had beaten Windsor twice last season -- including in the 4A state semifinals -- but Friday was a different year, and a different story. This time around, the Wizards looked far more like a school that's won two state titles since 2011.
Windsor was in big-play heaven at Broomfield in the first half, scoring TDs of 59, 22 and 72 yards through the air, and 11 yards on the ground. Wizards QB Connor Apodaca was part of each score, throwing for three TDs and running for a fourth. The senior completed just three passes in the first half, but for 153 yards as WHS racked up a 26-0 lead.
"After three weeks of being together, everything clicked," noted Apodaca, who finished with 106 yards rushing and the 153 passing.
Windsor had gone 9-4 in its previous 13 games, dating back to last season, with Broomfield handing the Wizards two of those four losses. So Friday proved some sweet payback for the visitors and very frustrating for the Eagles.
"If you don't hone in on your option assignments, an option team can really hurt you," BHS coach Blair Hubbard said. "That's what happened today. They beat us over the top with some play-action off their option game. And Tanner Garner, one of our starting safeties, was out with a shoulder injury.
"Windsor is a good team and have a great coach. They're very disciplined. We need to play more discplined."
Broomfield came close to breaking the ice and narrowing the deficit just before intermission, but time ran out after QB Stephen Croell rushed to the 1-yard line.
The Eagles finally did get on the scoreboard on their first possession of the third quarter, with Mitchell Gorman's 53-yard run capping a quick 87-yard drive.
Then Broomfield got within 26-14 early in the fourth period after recovering a Windsor fumble. But the Wizards bounced back immediately with a touchdown of their own, with Apodaca again doing the scoring honors, from 1 yard out, after a 39-yard running to set up the TD. And Windsor, 2-1 after a loss to defending 4A state champion Pine Creek last week, added an insurance touchdown to make the score even more lopsided.
"We turned the ball over there late and we had a couple of drives in the first half where we were moving the ball and we shot ourselves in the foot," Hubbard said. "We can't have the holding penalties on drives. So a lot of the scoreboard is what we did in this game."
At QB, Croell finished the night with 179 yards passing and 54 rushing.
Next up, Broomfield travels to Greeley Central on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m.
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Windsor 40, Broomfield 14
At Elizabeth Kennedy StadiumWindsor (2-1)719014—40Broomfield (1-2)0077—14
Windsor — Jaedyn Traut 59 pass from Connor Apodaca (Julia Broghammer kick).
Windsor — Chase Lanckriet 22 pass from Apodaca (Broghammer kick). Windsor — Apodaca 11 run (kick blocked). Windsor — Jon Morgan 72 pass from Apodaca (run fail).
Broomfield — Mitchell Gorman 53 run (Matthew Eich kick).
Broomfield — Trey Ortega 1 run (Eich kick). Windsor — Apodada 1 run (Broghammer kick). Windsor — Noah Montague 9 run (Broghammer kick).
RUSHING — Windsor: Apodaca 10-106, Ramirez 9-42, Traut 4-26, Montague 2-24, Morgan 2-23, Adams 5-18, Ingraham 1-7, Peeples 1-5, Mack 1-4. Broomfield: Gorman 10-84, Croell 10-54, Foster 7-24, Ortega 5-20, Torres 7-13.
PASSING — Windsor: Apodaca 3-6-1-153. Broomfield: Broomfield: Croell 17-29-0-179.
RECEIVING — Windsor: Morgan 1-72, Traut 1-59, Lanckriet 1-22. Broomfield: Nassar 10-108, Zerr 2-51, Foster 2-4, Martinez 1-10, Ortega 1-4, Torres 1-2.