Landen Estrela

Strong season – Landen Estrela (No. 5) is in the midst of a standout varsity football campaign for the Jaguars. Photo Scott Gibson, courtesy of Gibson Outdoor Photography

Windsor’s home finale versus Maria Carrillo moved to Nov. 8

Football playoff fever is alive and well for the Jaguars entering the final week of the North Bay League Oak Division football campaign, a game which was pushed back a week due to the Kincade Fire and evacuations.

The Jags will host Maria Carrillo in the NBL Oak Division finale this Saturday, Nov. 9 in a contest that could decide their playoff fate. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Originally scheduled for Nov. 1, preparation for the game continues to face challenges this week.  

“We’re still trying to find a field to practice on because ours needs to be cleaned,” Jags head coach Brad Stibi reported on Monday.

As for the X’s and O’s, the Windsor brain-trust was mindful of the challenges that the Pumas will present.

“We must do our jobs this week and play with discipline,” Stibi noted. “Beating Carrillo would definitely put us in a better playoff seeding.” 

Jags turn back Wildcats

Windsor took a major step toward the postseason in its last outing, scoring a critical, 21-14 win at Ukiah on Oct. 25. The win snapped a two-game losing skid and evened Windsor’s league record at 2-1 and 6-3 overall.

“A win is a win but overall it was a poor team effort,” Stibi said. “We shouldn’t be playing like this late in the season.”

The Jags’ hard-fought victory over Ukiah may not have been their best overall performance, but it did keep them squarely in the hunt for a North Coast Section Division 3 postseason berth, which has been pushed back to start on Nov. 15. 

Windsor did just enough to notch a victory at Ukiah, jumping out to a 14-0 halftime lead on a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Billy Boyle to standout receiver Nico Contreras.

The Wildcats rallied for two touchdowns after intermission, but Boyle’s third scoring strike to Contreras would ultimately be the difference in a 21-14 victory.

The Windsor defense turned in a solid effort in a bend but don’t break performance, led by 10 tackles from Jeremiah Pignataro. Other top defenders included Gianni Domenichelli (8 tackles) and Lucas Fowler (6 tackles, sack). Joey Skinner and Nico Zamora each hauled in an interception for the Jaguars.

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