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Defense shines again in another Canyon Springs win

high school football media day 2015

Christopher DeVargas

Canyon Springs football players Tyson Odum, Tre’von Dean, and Marcell Selmon before the 2015 Season.

Senior running back Jerrod Blackwell tore open the Cimarron-Memorial (0-3) defense for 159 yards and one touchdown to help Canyon Springs (2-0) stay perfect Friday night in the 27-13 win.

But the Pioneers’ defense continues to be the star of the show, with another impressive performance to follow up last week’s 7-6 overtime victory over Cheyenne.

“After they gave up that opening touchdown, they locked in,” Canyon Springs coach Keith Jones said. “They are a pretty experienced group, and I have a solid defensive coordinator teaching them.”

Following the Spartans’ opening-drive touchdown, Cimarron-Memorial was held scoreless until late in the game when Canyon Springs put younger players in with the game in hand.

The Pioneers scored three straight unanswered touchdowns to go into halftime up 20-7.

Diamante Burton carried the ball nine times for 57 yards and a score, and quarterback Trevon Dean ran in a touchdown as well for Canyon Springs.

Not only are the Pioneers 2-0, but both wins have come on the road.

“It shows character and it shows determination,” Jones said. “The kids are responding well to a different atmosphere than they are used to.”

Now Canyon Springs prepares for a two-game home stand against Coronado (1-1) and Centennial (3-0).

“I think that (these games) will definitely tell us what kind of team we really are,” Jones said. “I think our defense can complete with anybody in town. Our offense has made some strides and I think they will peak at the right time.”

Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [email protected]. Follow Jesse on Twitter at

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