WINDSOR — In case anyone was skeptical about the Silver Creek football team after a season-opening loss to Class 2A third-ranked Kent Denver, the Raptors did nothing but impress on Friday night.
In front of a standing-room-only crowd on the road at Dudley Field, the Class 3A fifth-ranked squad routed No. 4 Windsor 41-21. The outcome was essentially decided by halftime.
Raptors quarterback Austin Apodaca threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a pair of scores in the first half. Wide receiver Ryan Rankin caught 10 balls for 187 yards and a score before the intermission. And the Silver Creek defense held Windsor’s power offense to 66 yards entering the break on the way to a 27-7 lead.
“That’s a good team we just beat and it shows to (the players) that we have the ability to play with the best in the state,” said Silver Creek coach Mike Apodaca, the quarterback’s father.
The victory lifted Silver Creek — a state quarterfinalist last year — to 4-1 on the season heading into a tough Northern League slate next week. Windsor, which entered the game having allowed just 20 points all season, fell to 4-1.
“That’s a good defense,” said Austin Apodaca, who finished with 308 yards passing. “We just have a lot of confidence. When we have confidence and swagger that we’re going to score 40 points on any team we play, it’s a good demeanor to have.”
Adding to the Raptors’ performance was the fact that they pulled it off in spite of themselves. Silver Creek committed 15 penalties for 148 yards, including 98-yards worth in the first half.
The Raptors were on fire from the start on both sides of the ball.
Apodaca connected with Rankin from 13 yards out to cap the opening drive of the game and make it 7-0. After a quick punt by Windsor, the Raptors drove 83 yards in seven plays, scoring on a 23-yard strike from Apodaca to Greg Reynolds to go up 14-0.
“We’re just brothers on the field I guess,” Rankin said of the connection with his quarterback. “We’ve been playing for the longest time, since third grade.”
Windsor scored on its second drive to make it 14-7. But if anything deflated the Wizards most, it might have been the Raptors’ ensuing possession.
Apodaca and Rankin connected for first downs on third-down-and-19 and third-and-14 to set up the quarterback’s first rushing score.
A 41-yard connection between the pair just before halftime led to Apodaca’s second score and the 27-7 edge with 35 seconds left.
“We had one-on-one coverage on the outside and he just picked us apart on that,” Windsor safety Aaron Schmidt said of Apodaca.
Rankin had all of his catches in the first half. Reynolds added three catches for 49 yards, while receiver KC Reynolds caught four passes for 72 yards and a score. And back Ian McNabb pitched in 61 yards and a TD rushing.
The defense was equally impressive, though.
Facing a hulking Windsor offensive line led by 6-foot-5, 297-pound Penn State recruit Joey O’Connor, the Raptors held the Wizards to 69 yards rushing and 232 total.
Several Raptors had sacks, and cornerback Stephan White picked off a pair of passes late to seal the game after Windsor had cut the deficit to 34-21 and had the ball with 3:27 left.
“Players made plays,” White said. “It was just a good game all around.”
Silver Creek 41, Windsor 21
At Dudley Field
Silver Creek (4-1) 14 13 7 7 — 41
Windsor (4-1) 7 0 7 7 — 21
Silver Creek — Ryan Rankin 13 pass from Austin Apodaca (Ryan Templeton kick).
Silver Creek — Greg Reynolds 23 pass from Apodaca (Templeton kick)
Windsor — Alex Baldwin 24 pass from Joe Sanger (Alex Weis kick).
Silver Creek — Apodaca 7 run (Templeton kick)
Silver Creek — Apodaca 2 run (Kick fail).
Silver Creek — KC Lord 17 pass from Apodaca (Templeton kick).
Windsor — Baldwin 63 pass from Sanger (Weis kick).
Windsor — Aaron Schmidt 17 pass from Sanger (Weis kick)
Silver Creek — Ian McNabb 9 run (Templeton kick).
First downs 17 11
Rushes-yards 35-124 33-69
Passing yards 308 163
Comp-Att-Int 18-32-0 9-17-2
Punts-Avg. 4-37 5-35
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 15-148 7-47
RUSHING — Silver Creek: McNabb 20-61, Apodaca 8-45, Dunlavy 2-13, Emberley 4-(-3), White 1-8; Windsor: Sanger 15-36, Porterfield 8-32, Dressor 5-6, Schmidt 2-(-2), Hooley 3-(-3).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Silver Creek: Apodaca 18-32-0, 308 yards; Windsor: Sanger 8-16-2, 127 yards, Wiemers 1-1-0, 35 yards.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: Rankin 10-187, Lord 5-72, Reynolds 3-49; Windsor: Baldwin 4-130, Wiemers 2-12, Schmidt 2-18, Hooley 1-2.