Windsor blanks Redwood, 38-0

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Windsor cut through Redwood for a 38-0 victory Saturday, yet credit the Jaguars’ defense and play along the lines as much as a big-play offense for the road win.
Playing another sharp game early in the season, the young Windsor team could still have some of its best football ahead.

“It’s a huge win,” said linebacker Brady Stibi, who had two interceptions. “It comes from hard work. If you practice hard, you play hard.”

Dominating a Redwood team that was coming off a comeback win last week impressed Giants coach Jon Hirsch.

“We knew we had our hands full. Credit them for playing a really, really sound football game,” Hirsch said.

Windsor opened the scoring with an early 54-yard touchdown run by quarterback Christian McAlvain. But the Jaguars couldn’t get much else going until late in the second half.
No problem there, however, because Windsor’s defense limited Redwood to a meager 21 yards in offense during the first half. Linebacker Kevin Brown led the unit in tackles, including several behind the line of scrimmage.

“Our defense was pretty dominant today,” said Windsor coach Dustin Davis.
When the offense switched into gear, McAlvain directed the balanced attack to a pair of scores before halftime.
A 43-yard Jerad Leon run was the big play in a drive that led to an impressive 41-yard field goal by kicker Lee Aranda.

On the Jaguars’ next possession, McAlvain hit Lorenzo Camarena with a well-thrown ball up the right side, and the speedy receiver was tripped up just short of the end zone. Leon ran the ball in from two yards out with just 10 seconds left in the half.
The large guys up front opened things up for Windsor’s skill players.

“Our offensive line did an awesome job today opening holes and giving me time to pass,” McAlvain said.

One of those big openings allowed McAlvain to scamper up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown run on a fourth down in the third quarter.
Redwood answered with its longest play on the day. Zach Dubin hit on a 28-yard pass that Zac Neiman wrestled away from a Windsor defender, getting the Giants deep into Jaguars’ territory.
On the next play, Dubin’s pass bounced off a Redwood receiver and Stibi snagged it out of the air. Stibi was headed for a touchdown when a Giants’ player tripped him up.

“I thought I had six (points). I got caught from behind,” Stibi said.
Windsor would score one play later when McAlvain connected with Taylor Biaggi on a 75-yard touchdown pass.

“I was looking to go short, but it just opened up,” McAlvain said.

Determined to avoid a shutout, Redwood put together its best drive for the game. Mixing some passes with gritty running, the Giants’ possession came down to a fourth-and-goal.
There was Stibi again, stepping in front of a Redwood receiver at the back of the end zone to pull in his second interception, holding on after bobbling the ball.

“I wasn’t expecting it. He threw it right to me,” Stibi said.
While the win might have looked easy, Windsor created opportunities and took advantage of Redwood mistakes.
With two wins to open the season, Windsor and its first-year coach are confident, but not comfortable.

“It’s a great start,” Davis said.