In what was the most exciting game in Colorado so far this young season, the Chatfield Chargers held on in double OT to defeat Lakewood 42-41. The high scoring close win may have been sweeter as Chatfield rebounded from last week’s 42-40 loss to Horizon.
As has been the case this season, the play of senior quarterback Kyle Winkler was key. The 6-1 195 pounder went 21 of 26 for 166 yards and three scores. So far this season Winkler has been frighteningly accurate hitting on over 80% of his passes for 484 yards and seven scores for his 2-1 squad. Potentially most impressive is the fact that Winkler has only thrown one interception this season, coming last night on a tipped pass. When asked about his accuracy Winkler cites, “tons of reps with my receivers, really emphasizing perfect route running and timing.” The “tons of reps” are across the board as Winkler has spread the wealth, hitting ten different receivers so far this season.
A look at Winkler’s game shows a young man whose three years as a starter are evident in his play. Winkler, can throw from multiple platforms successfully. Key to his game is the footwork and comfort he shows throwing on boots, sprints and from the pocket. Winkler has solid arm strength and sneaky athleticism with the ability to keep plays alive with his feet.
Recruiters may be missing out as they take a wait and see approach to Winkler. The experienced and productive QB is getting DII looks and reports that Colorado School of Mines is the school showing the most consistent interest. It is hard to believe Mines will be the only school of interest for Winkler if he continues to play at such a high level of efficiency the remainder of the season.