WINDSOR -- It's a taste the Monarch Coyotes haven't experienced yet in 2017.

They will want to wash their mouths clean after Friday night.

After rolling through the first six games of the season, coach Phil Bravo's boys knew the schedule was about to get tougher and that started on Friday night in Windsor.

The No. 6 Coyotes took a 17-14 lead to the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold it and surrendered 21 unanswered points to the Wizards to drop their first game of the season 35-14 in the rugged Northern League.

"Windsor had a lot of guys back tonight that hadn't played in quite a while and they performed real well," said Bravo, whose team will look to bounce back next week at home against Mountain View. "When we beat Windsor last year, it didn't define our season and the fact that we got beat by them this week isn't going to define us.

"We are going to come back and we have a lot of football ahead of us."

Monarch (6-1, 1-1), trailing 14-10 at the half, got a momentum changing play to open the third quarter. Ben Coatney swept in a blocked the Wizards punt and the Coyotes swarmed to the ball to set themselves up in the red zone at the 15-yard line.

Just four plays later, Max Laychak gave Monarch the lead with a 4-yard dive.

It would be the last time Monarch would find the end zone.

"We stalled in between the 20's; that was one, but our coverage teams tonight were horrid," Bravo said, "Our kickoff team was horrid, our punt team was horrid and we gave them great field position and a short field all night.


Advertisement

"We can't do that, because if they make two first downs, then they are in the red zone."

What looked like a tired Windsor side midway through the third quarter, sprung to life in the final 12 minutes and made the most of their slanted field.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Noah Montague gave the Wizards the lead for good with a 2-yard scoring run. Windsor, whose defense played well in the fourth, got scoring runs of 8 and 1 from Jaedyn Traut and Connor Apodaca respectively to close out the 21 point fourth quarter.

Monarch’s Max Laychak tries to break free from Windsor’s Darren Peeples and Joel Kopcow as Brandon Ramirez closes in during the game Friday
Monarch's Max Laychak tries to break free from Windsor's Darren Peeples and Joel Kopcow as Brandon Ramirez closes in during the game Friday night at Windsor High School. (Joshua Polson / The Greeley Tribune)

"We did some good things, we threw the ball well in the first half; but our guys battled. Yeah, it is a disappointing loss, but we are not going to hang our hat on it," Bravo said. "Not going to call it quits, we've got three big games ahead of us."

The Monarch ground game was held in check. Leading rusher Justin Kiss, who left the game in the third quarter with an apparent shoulder injury, led the Coyotes with 69 yards on 14 carries. Speedy Cole Polluconi couldn't find much room either, going for 44 yards on 20 carries.

Quarterback CJ Schmanski was on target early on, especially to Brenden Christensen, hooking up three times in the first quarter for 50 yards. Christensen finished with four catches for 52 yards. Ben Cole made on big catch for 59-yards that set up Kiss' 7-yard score in the second quarter.

"I will look at this tape very diligently," Bravo said. "This is a resilient team and even though this is the first time we've tasted this, I know these guys will bounce back and the leadership will help them do that."

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt

Windsor 35, Monarch 17

At Windsor

Monarch (6-1, 1-1)3770—17Windsor (6-1, 2-0) 77021—35

First quarter

Monarch — FG Tyler Lanphear 36. Windsor — Noah Montague 6 run (Julia Broghammer kick).

Second quarter

Windsor — Brayden Pedersen 32 pass from Conner Apodaca (Broghammer kick). Monarch — Justin Kiss 7 run (Lanphear kick).

Third quarter

Monarch — Maxc Laychak 4 run (Lanphear kick).

Fourth quarter

Windsor — Montague 2 run (Broghammer kick). Windsor — Jaedyn Traut 8 run (Broghammer kick). Windsor — Apodaca 1 run (Broghammer kick).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Monarch: Justin Kiss 14-69, Cole Polluconi 20-44, Max Laychak 12-42, Ricky Stimac 1-7, CJ Schmanski 3-5. Windsor: Isaiah Salazar 9-68, Darren Peeples 1-54, Brandon Ramirez 2-42, Connor Apodaca 10-31, Noah Montague 7-16, Jaedyn Traut 2-16, Jon Morgan 1-3.

PASSING — Monarch: Schmanski 7-12-0-133. Windsor: Apodaca 8-15-0-122.

RECEIVING — Monarch: Brenden Christensen 4-52, Ben Cole 1-59, Stimac 1-13, Max Ryterski 1-9. Windsor: Chase Lanckreit 3-34, Brayden Pedersen 2-48, Ramirez 2-30, Wyett Adams 1-10.