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Yellowjackets meet expectations in win

  • Caleb Meagher

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 9/28/2019 10:19:20 PM
Modified: 9/28/2019 10:19:18 PM

WINDSOR — While Windsor’s 44-13 VPA Division III football win over Mill River on Saturday at MacLeay-Royce Field may have been a surprise to some followers, it was not a shocker for Windsor coach Greg Balch.

“I knew we had a good team,” said the Windsor skipper. “I never doubted our talent, and the kids never stopped trying. They have been tremendous.”

One of those tremendous kids was senior Caleb Meagher, who had a career day with four touchdowns, ran for one conversion and caught a pass from quarterback Max Clifford for another two points. Windsor fans were given a scare when Meagher had to be carried off the field in the fourth quarter. However, it was just a cramp.

“Most of the injuries was because of cramping,” said Balch.

Even though the Jacks (1-4) were an easy winner over the Minutemen (1-4), the first play from scrimmage gave them some immediate concern. Mill River quarterback Colby Fox connected with wideout Tyler Shelvey for a 65-yard score, taking the ball from two defenders.

“It wasn’t like we didn’t know those two guys were two of their better players,” said Balch. “What a way to start.”

“And it wasn’t like we were not ready for that play,” chimed in assistant coach Matt Meagher.

But that was the only bump in the road as the Jacks scored two touchdowns before the first period was over, then tallied another TD early in the second quarter to take control of the game.

The first score came on a 14-play drive that culminated with Meagher’s first touchdown, this one coming from the 2-yard line.

Mill River then went for a first down on their own 35 and failed, setting up the second Windsor tally. A big 34-yard run by Ben Gilbert put Windsor on the 1, and Meagher took it in.

An interception by Wyatt Bean set Windsor up for its third score, with Meagher again scoring from in close. His first two touchdowns had come on runs around end; the third was up the middle.

Windsor later fumbled the ball away on its own 17 in the second quarter, and Mill River quickly took advantage. Cox passed to Shelvey for the score, cutting Mill River’s gap to 20-13.

However, Windsor answered back with two quick scores. A 44-yard pass from quarterback Max Clifford put the Jacks deep in Mill River territory, from where Clifford took it in.

“We don’t always throw the ball a lot, but Max can really wing it,” said Balch.

The score got to 36-13 as Clifford tossed a 20-yard scoring strike to Jordan Place. Meagher’s fourth TD concluded the scoring for the day as he took it in from the 5 late in the third quarter.

Windsor has road games at Oxbow and Otter Valley before hosting Woodstock on the final Saturday of the campaign.

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