WINDHAM — Coach Bill Raycraft called his team’s performance “sloppy” and “not as clean as we need it to be.”
A cynic might say that’s just coach speak for “I don’t want my guys to get overconfident.”
While the Windham coach found reasons to critique the Jaguars’ performance, the laymen looking on were thrilled with yesterday’s convincing 49-6 victory over John Stark. The blowout came one week after Windham faced its only adversity of the season in a 42-25 thumping at Plymouth.
“We obviously wanted to see how we’d bounce back,” said senior running back Kevin Cooney, who scored three of Windham’s seven touchdowns. “And the score shows we did. We put almost 50 points on the board, so we bounced back from that loss.”
Starting the game an hour later than originally scheduled because of SAT testing in the area, Windham wasted no time washing out the bad taste of last week’s loss as Joe Lorenz hooked up with Joe Frake for the first of their two touchdown passes to cap its first possession of the game.
The Jaguars (5-1) did the most of their damage behind an offensive line that helped Windham average 10.2 yards on each of the 39 rushing attempts that netted 399 yards.
Cooney needed only six carries to amass 167 yards, scoring on runs of 54, 25 and 36.
“There’s nothing but daylight for me, which is awesome,” Cooney said of the holes. “We couldn’t do it without our line, so I give them all the props. They get us in the end zone and that gets us the (win).”
Defensive front four: While the offense was averaging 10.8 yards on its 47 plays from scrimmage, the defense limited John Stark (1-5) to 58 rushing yards on 30 attempts (1.9 yard average). Ends Jacob Estevez and Chris Ferri and tackles David Crichton and Artem Aristov led a charge that had eight tackles for losses, including three sacks, and held John Stark to two yards or fewer 19 times.
John Stark compiled 83 of its 143 total yards and five of its first downs on its final two possessions.
Aggressive kicking: Maintaining its tradition of squib kicks and onside attempts, Windham recovered one of its eight kickoffs, which were made by three different kickers. Giving an opponent a shorter field is worth the chance of recovering one of their own kickoffs according to Raycraft.
“We have 13 different kicks from various points of the field,” Raycraft said. “Regardless of what the score is, it’s a philosophy where we’re going to put (the kick) in a spot where we think we can recover it.”
Windham 49, John Stark 6
John Stark (1-5): 0 0 0 6 — 6
Windham (5-1): 14 21 7 7 — 49
W — Joe Frake 14 pass from Joe Lorenz (Anthony Gallo kick), 8:37
W — Lorenz 4 run (Gallo kick), 1:08
W — Kevin Cooney 54 run (Gallo kick), 10:10
W — Cooney 25 run (Gallo kick), 4:04
W — Frake 13 pass from Lorenze (Gallo kick), 2:32
W — Cooney 36 run (Gallo kick), 10:10
W — Noah Swiderski 44 interception return (Gallo kick), 10:22
JS — Tim Barnes 12 pass from Blake Gorski (run failed), 6:39
RUSHING: JS (30-58) — Carson Dunn 6-25, Adam King 4-18, Colbey Decotis 9-15, Jacob Bumford 6-6, Ian Franco 2-0, Gorski 3-(-6); W (39-399) — Cooney 6-167, Chris Ferri 6-66, Thomas Anderson 4-52, Danny Cannone 7-51, Davis Potter 3-29, Jeremy Cocciardi 2-16, Guilliaume Gauthier 2-10, Lorenz 3-7, Troy Peters 1-3, Brendan McInnis 2-0, Shane Lafond 3-(-2)
PASSING: JS (5-11-85, 1 interception) — Gorski 4-10-43 (1), Nic Lloyd 1-1-42; W (7-8-14, 0) — Lorenz 6-7-93, McInnis 1-1-14
RECEIVING: JS — Barnes 3-65, Decotis 1-12, Dunn 1-8; W — Frake 4-81, Jacob Estevez 1-14, Artem Aristov 1-13, Anderson 1-(-1)