Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 | 12:04 a.m.
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Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and Steve Silver break down last week's high school football action and preview the upcoming games.
The cracking of pads and colliding of helmets sounded a little louder than usual Friday night at Cimarron-Memorial High.
That’s just common procedure for the hard-hitting Cimarron defense, which dominated Arbor View in a 35-7 victory.
“The kids played hard and physical every single play on defense,” Cimarron coach Rod Vollan said.
The Spartans held the Aggies, who had scored a combined 93 points in their first two games, scoreless until two minutes remained in the game. By then, it was much too late.
Cimarron senior running back Stephen Nixon had already done his damage with 12 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
“I helped my team out by making big plays,” Nixon said. “That’s what I do.”
Both of Nixon’s touchdowns were impressive. He took a sweep 11 yards and dove into the corner of the end zone at the beginning of the second half to make the score 14-0.
In the third quarter, Nixon cut to the outside for a 56-yard touchdown rush down the Arbor View sideline. That put Cimarron ahead 21-0.
“I don’t think our kids knew how to respond,” Arbor View coach Dan Barnson said. “We have to learn from that.”
The Spartans defense did the rest. Arbor View never advanced past Cimarron’s 30-yard line before senior DeMon Scurry’s 74-yard touchdown run late in the game.
Barnson said the Aggies lost the battle at the line of scrimmage. Cimarron linebackers Ares Manumaleuna and Aaron Garcia made plays all night and limited the effectiveness of Arbor View’s rushing attack.
“Our defense has always been practicing running to the ball and making plays,” Nixon said. “They get up to the line.”
The defensive highlight for the Spartans came midway through the fourth quarter. Arbor View senior DeMarlo Carl Virgil caught a pass and attempted to head up field.
Cimarron senior James Carraway would not allow it. Carraway hit Virgil so hard that he fumbled and the Spartans recovered.
“They came out and kind of gave us one of them old-fashioned whoopings this evening,” Barnson said.
The Spartans struck first when senior Zach Barbara recorded a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Barbara finished with 41 yards on 11 carries.
Senior running back James Poole, who rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter to make the score 28-0.
Cimarron’s final score came on a fourth-down play when senior quarterback Kenneth Banks connected with senior receiver Timothy Hasson for 35 yards.
“A lot of people don’t think we have much of a pass offense and you look at it statistically and that’s probably accurate,” Vollan said. “But we do work on our passing plays and we hope to get big plays out of it.”