Greene 36, Windsor 28
GREENE – Greene was prepared for moments like Friday night. Sixty-three yards, just over three minutes left, and one timeout remaining to score the go-ahead points against a talented opponent.
Junior quarterback Scott Gorton tossed a perfectly thrown fade pass to Brendan Kinne in the back right of the end zone with six seconds left to give the Trojans a thrilling non-league win over the Black Knights.
“We’ve beaten Sidney the last two years and Norwich last year. This win has to rank right up there,” said hoarse-voiced Greene head coach Tim Paske.
Every day the Trojans work on the two-minute drill in practice, and it paid off big time. Nate Whittaker, who shared QB duties with Gorton during the game, had a first-down run and a first-down catch, Garrett Hickey picked up a 13-yard run, and Dan Carlin caught a first-down pass at the Windsor two setting up the winning scoring toss to Kinne. It certainly wasn’t the first – or last time – those two will connect on scoring tosses. Last year that pitch-and-catch duo made hay on the junior varsity level. “That pass route (to Kinne) is one we practice a lot, and we have guys who can go up and get it,” Paske said.
While Greene found a nice mix of rushing a passing in the game finishing with 194 yards on the ground and 99 yards passing, Windsor moved the pigskin almost exclusively through the air – to the tune of 277 yards. That was a result of a stingy run defense that surrendered just 24 rushing yards to the Black Knights.
Forgoing the run, Windsor quarterback Matt Murray threw three TD passes, and his last, a seven-yarder to Mike Williams, knotted the game with 3:04 left. Josh Clink batted down the all-important two-point scoring pass to hold the score in check.