FOOTBALL: After the lightning, Maloney blanked by Windsor

FOOTBALL: After the lightning, Maloney blanked by Windsor

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It was a rough opening night for head coach Kevin Frederick, senior quarterback Larue Graham and the Maloney Spartans, who fell 28-0 in Windsor in their season opener. | Justin Weekes / For the Record-Journal

WINDSOR — The Maloney defense was in midseason form. Unfortunately for the Spartans, so was Windsor’s.

New quarterback Julian Jackson threw for two scores and Windsor benefited from four giveaways to defeat the Spartans 28-0 Friday in an CCC Division II crossover clash at Jack O’Brien Stadium interrupted by lightning.

Maloney gained the early initiative when a bad exchange on Windsor’s first offensive play resulted in a turnover at midfield. Quarterback Larue Graham scrambled for eight yards for the initial first down of the season. A six-yard pass to Maurice Brackett resulted in a fourth-down conversion at the 27.

The Spartans were at the 12 when a mis-timed center snap handed the ball back to the Warriors.

Windsor busted up the stalemate using a short passing game with Jackson at the throttle.

The drive began at the Windsor 34 with an 11-yard connection with L.J. Walcott. As the first quarter wound down, the Warriors had a fourth-and-2 at the Maloney 36 when Jackson hit a wide-open Jerry Woodard in the flat for 14 yards.

A swing pass to Shawn Hunter for eight yards earned a first down inside the 10. Hunter slashed for eight and blasted in from the 2 for a 7-0 Windsor lead. The Warriors’ drive chewed up just under six minutes and covered 66 yards in 14 plays.

The Maloney offense answered by stringing together three first downs. Aden Valentin had runs of 11 and eight yards. Brackett snared a slant for seven to the Windsor 33 but Graham was intercepted by Woodard on the next play.

Windsor was driving goalward again when a bolt of lightning postponed the game for 30 minutes. When play resumed, the Warriors used a 54-yard strike from Jackson to Woodard for a first down at the Spartans’ 6.

The Maloney defense stiffened. With 6.9 seconds remaining in the half, Jackson tried to sneak it across from inside the 1 and got nowhere. Desmond King was among those jamming up the middle.

Windsor took a two-touchdown lead at the end of the third quarter and a 34-yard pass from Jackson to Walcott in spite of Brackett’s airtight coverage. Woodard added his second conversion kick.

A bad snap in punt formation early in the fourth quarter gave Windsor good field position. It enabled the Warriors to put it out of reach at the 8-minute mark with a 27-yard aerial strike from Jackson to Woodard.

The Warriors applied the icing with 4:15 left when feature back Tomasz Johnson scored from the 2.

O’Neal Ward turned in a strong game on the defensive line for the Spartans. Sirtorius White was also a factor in limiting the Warriors’ ground game. Valentin and Preston Studley handled most of the rushing work for the Spartans. Passing accounted for just 64 yards with Brackett making three grabs.


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