Dazzling debut for new Windsor coach

Windsor QB Christian McAlvain is tripped up by Montgomery's John Jesse during the second quarter Friday Sept., 3 2010 in Windsor. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2010

By ERIC BRANCH
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

For four quarters, Windsor coach Dustin Davis was stone-faced as paced the sideline, giving his players instructions and speaking calmly into his headset.

At the final whistle, however, Davis, 29, broke into a wide smile.

His coaching debut was in the books. His career record was still perfect. And he conceded that, yes, he was enjoying the afterglow after his Jaguars shocked visiting Montgomery, 28-15, Friday in the season opener for both teams.

“Not bad for a first game,” Davis said.

No. Not bad at all.

For his first game, Davis, who went 29-0-1 the past three years coaching Windsor’s junior varsity, sported a black tie and wore a long-sleeved white collared shirt. And his team looked just as spiffy.

Consider that Windsor, in its first game under its first-year coach, didn’t have a penalty or a turnover until the fourth quarter. The Jaguars committed three penalties and had an interception in the final 12 minutes, but those miscues were more than offset by a two-touchdown, 63-second flurry that erased Montgomery’s 15-14 lead.

The blitz started when the Jaguars capped a 10-play, 58-yard drive with junior running back Jerad Leon’s 5-yard scoring run. On Montgomery’s next offensive play, a host of Windsor defenders stripped the ball from quarterback Kurtis Ceniceros and defensive back Lorenzo Camerena recovered at the Montgomery 24.

Three plays later, 6-foot-3 junior quarterback Christian McAlvain, in his varsity debut, drilled 6-5 junior wide receiver Kameron Richardson on an 11-yard slant and the Jaguars, suddenly, had a 13-point lead with 9:34 remaining.

On the sidelines, the Jaguars, 6-5 last year, whooped and hollered, clearly thrilled to be stunning the defending North Bay League champions and North Coast Section Division II runners-up.

McAlvain, who played for Davis last year on the JVs, said he was nervous to be conducting his first postgame interview. But he disguised any nerves on the field. Despite at least four drops from Windsor receivers, McAlvain showcased a strong arm in completing 9 of 21 passes for 91 yards.

“I played with Dustin last year and the thing is, he has us really well prepared for every game,” McAlvain said. “He’s a great coach and a great guy. It feels like a family on this football team.”

Montgomery, which went 11-3 last year, committed nine penalties (93 yards) and lost two fumbles. All-Empire running back Alex Ciudad-Real had 136 yards on 20 carries and ripped off a 54-yard run to give the Vikings a 15-14 lead with 3:30 left in the third quarter.

“That’s how we’ve been practicing, mistakes, mistakes, mistakes,” Montgomery coach Jason Franci. “Not to take anything away from them. That’s a very good team and they are very well organized. But we can’t make so many mistakes and expect to win.”

You can reach Staff Writer Eric Branch at 521-5268 or eric.branch@pressdemocrat.com.