SIDNEY – The Sidney Warriors fell, 26-25, to Windsor at Alumni Field on Friday in a matchup of two state-ranked, Class C teams.
Sidney led, 19-7, at the end of the first half, but Windsor scored three of the game’s next four touchdowns to down the Warriors.
Windsor’s game-winning touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard reception from Jack Beattie with 4:00 showing on the clock. Beattie nearly lost the ball during the catch as it bounced out of his hands briefly, but he corralled it before hitting the ground.
Sidney appeared to take the lead back two separate times on its last drive, but penalties brought both scores back.
“Oh yeah, but I mean you put some plays into the end zone and they have them called back, it’s frustrating,” Warriors coach Jeff Matthews said. “I mean they were close calls and the officials do the best that they can.”
Sidney scored the game’s first touchdown on a Liam Matthews 28-yard reception along the left side at 2:46 of the first quarter.
Windsor tied it, 7-7, on a Beattie catch-and-run combination that spanned 44 yards. Quarterback Ethan Reed hit Beattie with a pass through the middle of the field.
Zachary Harrington put the Warriors back on top with a 13-yard run in the second quarter in which the running back bounced off multiple Windsor defenders.
Thomas Gravel found Cameron Chabot for an eight-yard score that gave Sidney its 19-7 lead.
Windsor came out firing in the third corner and connected on another long pass completion as Beattie hauled in a 33-yard pass from Reed to make it 19-14 after the extra point.
Griffin Dillenbeck put Windsor on top, 20-19, with a short rush in the red zone.
Matthews responded for the Warriors with an impressive leaping grab through a pair of Windsor defenders before racing into the end zone on a 55-yard score midway through the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for Sidney, Beattie got the last laugh for Windsor with his incredible catch in the end zone.
“I mean we played a really good team,” Matthews said. “We had a good week of preparation and we played a good game. We had some mistakes and they had mistakes too, but we made some mistakes right there at the end especially. It kinda cost us.”
Beattie finished with four catches, 131 yards and three touchdowns.
Matthews had more receptions and yards (eight catches, 185 yards), but finished with one less touchdown grab than Beattie.
Gravel went 14-for-22 for 216 yards and three touchdowns while Reed threw for 131 yards, going 4-for-13.
“Get ready to play another opponent,” Matthews said on refocusing for next week. “That’s the best thing about football. You get another week to get ready for your next opponent and you go out and you have fun playing.”
Windsor 26, Sidney 25
Windsor.... 7 0 13 6 – 26
Sidney.... 7 12 0 6 – 25
S – Liam Matthews 28 pass from Thomas Gravel (Jonathan Palmetier kick) W – Jack Beattie 44 pass from Ethan Reed (kick good).
S – Zachary Harrington 13 run (kick failed) S – Cameron Chabot 8 pass from Gravel (conversion failed).
W – Beattie 42 pass from Reed (kick good) W – Griffin Dillenbeck 7 run (conversion failed).
Matthews 55 pass from Gravel (conversion failed) W – Beattie 33 pass from Reed (conversion failed).
Sidney rushing: Zach Harrington 21-86, TD, Liam Matthews 2-12, Thomas Gravel 3- -30.
Sidney passing: Thomas Gravel 14-for-22, 216 yards 3 TD.
Sidney receiving: Liam Matthews 9-185, 2 TD, Peyton Mosher 3-18, Cameron Chabot 1-8, TD, Schuylar Rowe 1-5.