Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 | 12:12 a.m.
The Duel in the Desert high school football trophy is staying at Cheyenne.
Cheyenne’s Myloe Lewis had a rushing and receiving touchdown Friday, leading the Desert Shields to a 26-19 victory against host Cimarron-Memorial in the annual rivalry game. The two schools opened together in 1991 and have played every year for the trophy.
Just like last year, Cheyenne was again victorious in winning for the second consecutive week to open the season.
“The kids are always excited to play for that trophy, so we are going to let them enjoy it,” Cheyenne coach David Cochran said.
Cheyenne opened a 26-7 lead before Cimmaron-Memorial stormed back to make things interesting late. An interception by Darius Gantt with about 90 seconds to play sealed the victory.
Last week, Cheyenne also opened a convincing double-digit lead, but allowed Desert Pines back into the game.
“We are allowing too many mistakes and letting teams get back into the game,” Cochran said. “We have to do a better job of closing.”