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Defense impenetrable as Cimarron-Memorial powers past Eldorado

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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On a night where the offense turned in an anemic performance, defense sparked Cimarron-Memorial.

The Spartans won their third straight to start the season by smothering the Eldorado Sundevils, coming away with a 20-7 victory on the road.

“Our defense played outstanding football,” Cimarron coach John Parcells said. “It was just top-notch, lockdown, great defense. Coach Murphy and his guys that run the defense did a great job. Everything’s really starting to jell on that side.”

The game’s opening score came when Cimarron cornerback Maurice Bennett returned an interception for a touchdown. The Spartans went on to pick off three more passes, upping their interception total by one after three last week against Cheyenne.

In addition to Bennett, Savigon McIver had a pick and Dallas Cervantes recorded two. One of the turnovers in the first half set up a short scoring run from quarterback Derek Morefield.

Parcells also highlighted linebacker John Nelson as a standout in the game.

“He’s played great and really become one of the leaders on our defense,” Parcells said. “He’s a hard-nosed player and big hitter.”

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