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Pine Creek dominates Windsor in quarterfinal

By Kevin Carmody Updated: November 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

A ball-hogging, dominating offense. A speedy, relentless defense.

Not a bad combination for Pine Creek.

It was all-out domination for the No. 3 Eagles on Friday against No. 6 Windsor, grinding out touchdown-scoring drives of 16 and 14 plays, while shutting down one of the state's best offenses in a 25-0 victory in a 4A quarterfinal playoff at District 20 Stadium.

In the previous 11 games, Windsor (9-3) had scored no fewer than two touchdowns on the ground while chewing up 324 yards per game.

Pine Creek (10-2) emphatically put that success to an end Friday as the Wizards, averaging 34 points per game, were shut out for the first time since early in the 2010 season.

"We came out here to prove a point that we can stop an offense that was pretty much unstoppable this season," Eagles defensive lineman Bubba Baron said. "We also came out here to prove a point that we are the best, because we're one team, one heart and one love for everybody."

Scott Savage rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and Avery Anderson and Austin Schultz had one apiece as the Eagles advanced to the 4A semifinals for the second time in three years.

As they did in 2011, the Eagles will meet Monarch (10-1) with a berth in the state championship game on the line. Two years ago, Pine Creek earned a 20-0 home win over the Coyotes.

Next weekend, the third-ranked Eagles will travel to No. 2 Monarch.

Pine Creek received the opening kickoff after Windsor deferred, and Anderson made the Wizards pay.

The Eagles junior returned it 77 yards to the Wizards 22. Five plays later, Anderson took a toss sweep to the right and into the end zone to give Pine Creek a quick 7-0 lead just 2:29 into the game.

"We watch tons of film, especially special teams," Anderson said. "We knew we could pop one if we took it right up the gut. The guys in front of me set it up and took it where it needed to go."

Windsor, aided by two personal-foul penalties, worked the ball into Pine Creek territory. The drive stalled at the 17; then Joe Shermock pushed a 35-yard field-goal attempt wide to the right.

Pine Creek's next drive took the Eagles 68 yards over 13 plays, but Schultz was stopped a yard short of a first down at the Wizards 10.

After forcing a punt, the Eagles enjoyed another time-consuming possession. This time, Schultz got the extra yard, a 1-yard burst, to complete the 16-play, 81-yard journey that extended the lead to 13-0 with 57 seconds left before halftime.

On the first play of the second half, Windsor quarterback Tanner Bohm turned the ball over on an errant pitch, and Savage scored two plays later that, after the second of three blocked extra points, made it a 19-0 cushion.

Later, a 14-play, 95-yard drive, ended with a Savage 4-yard touchdown run, capping the scoring with 8:33 left.

"We can't give up that play on the opening kickoff and fumble a pitch like that," said Wizards coach Chris Jones, whose team moved up to 4A last season by making the quarterfinals, one year after winning the 3A state title. "Pine Creek is a very good, very fast team. They're the most athletic team we've ever faced, and that's a tribute to their coaching staff and their kids. We're a program working to be at that level."

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