Windsor loses nail-biter on Eastern Shore

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 12, 2007

EASTVILLE—Windsor High School jumped out to a 14-0 lead but could not hold it as Northampton pulled off a 24-20 come-from-behind win over the Dukes in a non-district football game Friday night.

Windsor (1-1) scored twice in the first quarter — once on a 15-yard pass from Kwamane Harris to Ryan Acey and the second on

a touchdown run by Brooklyn Presson.

Northampton countered with two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 16-14 lead.

Northampton scored again with eight minutes to play in the game to go up 24-14, but the Dukes went to the Harris-to-Acey connection for another score to cut the lead to 24-20. With about five minutes to play, Windsor tried an onside kick, which failed.

But the Dukes defense held Northampton, and Windsor had the ball back on offense to try for the win. The Dukes could not convert.

Bruce Carroll, Windsor head coach, was happy to see his team come back in the fourth quarter.

&uot;When we were down 24-14, our kids could have quit right there. They battled back and had a chance to win the ball game,&uot; he said. &uot;We get the ball back with one last chance to win, and that’s all you can ask for. A play or two here or there made the difference.&uot;

Although Windsor lost the game, the Dukes have shown significant strides in improvement over last season. Windsor was beat handily by Northampton in 2006.

&uot;We got smoked by them last year, and tonight we had a chance to win,&uot; Carroll said. &uot;I’m not happy about losing the game, but you have to be smart enough to see the big picture. We have a chance to be competitive and win some ball games.&uot;

Windsor plays at Northumberland on Friday.