Football roundup: Windsor clinches league title with OT win over Skyline

Windsor broke up a two-point conversion attempt in overtime to seal a wild 56-55 win over Skyline and wrap up the Northern League championship on Friday.

The fifth-ranked Wizards had led 49-33 with 5:47 remaining, but Skyline came storming back to tie the game at 49 following two touchdowns and two-point conversions.

Windsor scored first in overtime — quarterback Connor Apodaca faked a handoff up the middle and ran to an open end zone to his left — but No. 10 Skyline again responded. The Falcons' Nathan McGregor hit Austin Robison on a play-action pass on fourth-down.

Skyline then went for two, its fourth such attempt of the game. This time the pass was broken up in the left side of the end zone. According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, it was senior Bryce Kellum who had the big play.

The result was a Windsor win, and a conference championship. The Wizards are now 8-1 this season, and 4-0 in their league. Every other Northern team has at least two league losses.

Skyline is now 7-2, including 2-2 in the Northern.

"It was awesome," Kellum told the paper of the win. "Just awesome."

Windsor led 35-20 at halftime, a lead secured by a key interception from junior Tayt Gallatin in the end zone.

Noah Montague had two rushing scores for the Wizards, including a 91-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Salazar also rushed for two touchdowns, according to the Coloradoan's Kevin Lytle.

Skyline's star running back Jeremy Hollingsworth had two touchdowns. McGregor had four total touchdowns, including a pass to Jack Wathen with 15.7 seconds left in regulation that helped tie the game.

6-man playoffs:

  • Top-seeded Stratton/Liberty rolled to a 52-6 win over No. 16 Briggsdale.
  • No. 7 Kit Carson advanced to the quarterfinals with a 46-12 win over Cotopaxi.
  • The remaining six first-round games are on Saturday.
  • Here's an updated 6-man bracket.

Notables:

  • 4A No. 4 Fruita Monument wrapped up its first conference title since 2002, according to Matt Meyer of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, with a 50-16 win over George Washington.
  • 3A No. 7 Canon City locked up at least of share of the Southern League with a 48-7 win over Woodland Park. The Tigers also hold a potential tiebreaker with a win over Discovery Canyon last week.
  • 5A No. 4 Columbine is now in the same position in the Mount Cameron Conference, sitting at 4-0 after a 50-0 win over Mountain Range on Friday. The Rebels hold a potential tiebreaker over Fairview (which is 3-1 in league play).
  • In 8-man, No. 3 Merino beat No. 9 Haxtun 39-24.
  • No. 8 Burlington edged No. 5 Limon 29-28. "It was a great ballgame that could've gone either way," coach Glynn Higgs told the Colorado Preps Scoreboard Show.
  • 8-man No. 2 West Grand cruised to a 52-0 win over No. 6 Gilpin County.
  • Another top-10 clash in 8-man, where No. 10 Sargent rolled past No. 8 Mancos 54-14.
  • The 2A game between Pagosa Springs and Montezuma-Cortez was delayed following a power outage in the first half. The delay lasted 45 minutes. Pagosa ultimately won 48-7.
  • In 1A action, Wray beat rival county rival Yuma 19-7 to retain the Harvest Cup.
  • Another 1A game: Cedaredge and Hotchkiss were scoreless in regulation, and then Cedaredge won in overtime, 3-0.

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