This past weekend the Windsor Wizards brought home the 4A title, defeating Loveland 35-14 using a combination of talent, tough defense and a strong run game. Key in every facet of the Wizard’s success was junior LB/RB Corte Tapia. This season, on defense, Tapia posted 15.5 sacks, moving him past current Arizona Cardinal and former Denver South standout Calais Campbell, as Colorado’s all-time sack leader. Tapia took some time recently to discuss with PrepColorado the state title, sack record and recruiting.
What was the key to Windsor winning the title?
Corte Tapia: I think, along with having a ton of great athletes at every position, I think our team chemistry really was the biggest thing. Everyone bought in and just wanted another week together each week and we had each other’s back, on and off the field, we were always hanging out and everyone was truly brothers!
In what areas did the team improve this season?
Corte Tapia: I think in the beginning defense was a little uneasy in those first few games then improved a lot and played the best team defense all around that I think we could have. The offense really improved throughout the whole season’s ups and downs and adjusting to problems and improving every week, also not turning the ball over
Individually, in what areas do you feel you have improved?
I think my pass rush, and motor really improved through the year, also my study and just like understanding and watching film of the game!
How does it feel to now hold the state sack record?
it's a pretty unbelievable feeling knowing that you are at the top, it's a place I've been striving for and knowing all my work finally got me to the top and was worth it makes it that much better! just an unreal feeling
So what is going on with recruiting?
Corte Tapia: No schools have offered, but CSU and Wyoming are recruiting pretty hard and just few small letters from few other places.
Currently what do your offseason plans look like?
Corte Tapia: I play baseball too so I have a little time and I'm just going to lift and workout hard try and get faster and go to as many camps as I can!
The 6-2 225 pound Tapia, having just finished his junior year, already holds the sack record and will add to his total next season. Despite not having an offer, the high motor, versatile and productive defender will get one, most likely soon.