Windsor gets just enough offense to win

Cooper Maloney of Analy is forced down by the Windsor defense, Friday Oct. 1, 2010 in Windsor. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2010

By BOB PADECKY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

WINDSOR — After a while, probably by the middle of the second quarter Friday night, it became obvious that Windsor’s players had trouble communicating, getting out of their own way and, in general, playing as if they never had seen each other before. The game against Analy stayed that way so when it was over, I had to ask Windsor coach Dustin Davis the obvious question.

“This is your team’s fifth game of the season but it looked like at times like the players just met each other. Is that a correct impression?”

Davis didn’t flinch. The Jaguars did win, 6-3, to remain unbeaten but he agreed with that impression.

“We were making mistakes out there,” Davis said, “that we were making in spring ball. I’m not sure what to do yet but we are going to make some changes. We have to get better. Six points by the special teams is not going to win the SCL title for us.”

In fact, you could make the case that if Windsor didn’t have quite likely the best placekicker in the Empire, Lee Aranda, the Jaguars might have lost 3-0. Aranda kicked a 35-yard field goal with 58.2 seconds left in the third quarter and a 38-yarder with 8:04 left in the game, with both kicks having plenty of boot left. Aranda now has made four out of five goals this season and is a perfect 9-for-9 on PATs. Yes, as security blankets go, Aranda is the warm and fuzzy one for Windsor.

The Analy-Windsor matchup was billed as this week’s game to watch but when the teams arrived at half with Analy up, 3-0, only a true football geek — or the parent of one of the players — would have said this was a match-up that lived up to the anticipation. At the half Windsor had 58 yards total offense, Analy 104.

Quite possibly the biggest statement made in this game — other than Aranda’s two field goals and the four Windsor interceptions of Analy quarterback Jake Zanutto — was the emphasis that no one on the Jaguars is above anyone else. This week Windsor starting quarterback Christian McAlvain was 30 minutes late to a team meeting. Davis easily could have given McAlvain a warning, especially with 3-1 Analy coming to town and Windsor off to its best start in five years.

“But rules are rules,” Davis said. “Christian knew that. It was a learning experience for him.”

McAlvain didn’t start and didn’t enter the game until 6:49 was left in the second quarter. To be fair to Lorenzo Camarena, who did start and struggled, it wasn’t the play by any Windsor quarterback that made this a 6-3. A few samples:

With five minutes left in the third quarter McAlvain quick-kicked on Analy’s 44. Two Windsor players had a chance to stop the ball from rolling into the end zone but didn’t. Said Davis: “We have been working on that play since spring ball.”

With two minutes left in the game and Windsor trying to run out the clock, Jaguar running back Vincent Valdes gained three yards but didn’t stay in bounds, running instead to the sidelines where he was driven out of bounds to stop the clock.

“We are 5-0 and I’m happy with that,” Davis said, “but we are not winning the way we want to win. We have to get on offense, on defense and on special teams. We dropped passes, committed penalties (eight) and we were really sloppy. And I can’t put it all on the players. We as coaches have to take a hard look. Maybe it’s the way we do drills. Or practice. But we definitely are going to make changes.”

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