CENTERVIEW — Windsor got its first ever postseason win Friday as it rolled past Crest Ridge 43-18 in the first round of the Class 1, District 4 tournament.
“I think it’s great to make history,” said Windsor senior Chase Wetterow. “…We played hard and it’s a great team we have out there.”
Friday’s matchup between the Greyhounds and Cougars was the fourth in two years. Crest Ridge won both last season and Windsor won both this season.
The Greyhounds got four rushing touchdowns from Wetterow, all in the second half to help Windsor pull away after leading 13-12 at halftime.
Windsor forced a three-and-out on Crest Ridge’s first drive of the second half and started the ensuing drive on the Crest Ridge 32 after a short punt.
Wetterow scored from seven yards out on the third play of the drive.
Wetterow broke free for a 53-yard score with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter. A two-point conversion put Windsor up 29-12.
On Windsor’s next drive, Wetterow again scored from seven yards out and the two-point conversion made it 37-12 late in the third quarter.
Windsor’s final score came with 3:08 remaining in the game when Wetterow scored a 17-yard touchdown on the ground.
Windsor moved the ball well in the first half, but turnovers on its first drive of the game and last drive of the first half kept Windsor’s lead to just 13-12 at the break.
The Greyhound defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive of the game and the offense then marched down the field 65 yards to the 10-yard line.
“Our defense played well,” said Windsor coach Dave Wanninger. “They had some good quarterback runs and some pass plays but overall our defense played well.”
A holding penalty made it fourth-and-20 and Trenton Johnson’s pass went out of the back of the end zone to give Crest Ridge the ball.
The Cougars then marched down the field in 11 plays for an 11-yard touchdown run by Houston Edwards to give Crest Ridge a 6-0 lead.
Windsor’s defense made a big stop on Crest Ridge’s final drive of the first half.
The Greyhounds stuffed a quarterback keeper on fourth-and-4 to give Windsor the ball at its own 31 with 1:23 remaining in the first half.
Carlton Fowler had runs of 15 and 26 yards on the drive to help get Windsor to the Crest Ridge 9-yard line, but a loss of four and an interception in the end zone ended the drive.
Windsor tied the game at 6-6 late in the first quarter with a 71-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Fowler, who caught it in stride on the middle of the field.
In the second quarter, a muffed punt gave Crest Ridge the ball at the Windsor 22-yard line.
The Cougars took advantage and got a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Rodgers to Jayson Burnap on fourth-and-8.
It gave Crest Ridge a 12-6 lead with 10:15 remaining in the second quarter, but Windsor answered with a 75-yard drive.
Noah Roberts capped it off with a one-yard score. Johnson tacked on the PAT to give Windsor a 13-12 lead with 4:54 remaining in the second quarter.
“We had some mistakes but we cleaned it up a little bit,” Wetterow said. “We knew we were going to play hard in the second half.”
Windsor will play at Lincoln next week in the district semifinals. Lincoln neat Windsor 46-0 on Sept. 11.
“I feel like we’re going to come out and we’re going to beat them,” Wetterow said.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.