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Cimarron-Memorial holds Cheyenne at bay in 19-12 victory

2013 Prep Football

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Cimarron-Memorial High football players before the 2013 season included (top row, from left) Frank Tito and Jeffrey Prince. On the bottom row from left is Michael Barnson and Tim Wooters.

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Cimarron-Memorial High knows it’s better to learn from a tough victory than a defeat. That’s what the Spartans will be talking about this week when they discuss today’s 19-12 victory at Cheyenne High.

The turnovers and penalties were the factors preventing a blowout victory. Of course, Spartans coach John Parcells would much rather discuss those with his team at 2-0 rather than 1-1.

“We were pleased with the fact we could win ugly,” Parcells said.

Cheyenne (0-4) led 12-0 midway through the second quarter. Cimarron scored just before halftime and then at the break, Parcells said, quarterback Derek Morefield gave an impassioned speech.

He then backed it up in the second half with two touchdown runs that put the Spartans ahead. That was enough to overcome three fumbles on Cheyenne’s half of the field and a few penalties that derailed other Spartan drives. The Spartans countered with three interceptions, including two from Dallas Cervantes and 226 rushing yards from Michael Barnson.

“We knew were the more physically dominant team,” Parcells said. “We wanted to punch them in the mouth.”

Cheyenne hits the road next week to open league play at Western High. Meanwhile, Cimarron returns home to attempt to stay perfect against Eldorado High. As the Spartans prepare for that game they know the takeaway from this victory.

“Great teams win, even when they play poorly,” Parcells said.

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