Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 | 11:21 p.m.
Senior quarterback Joshua Rose threw four touchdowns to lead Cheyenne to an opening-night win over rival Cimarron-Memorial Friday night.
Rose completed 9-of-23 passes for 192 yards and the four scores as Cheyenne held on to win a back-and-forth contest 35-19.
“Josh is a special kid,” Cheyenne coach Patrick Ward said. “He’s a very smart kid and a coachable kid. We’ve got some kids who can catch. The line is learning how to pass block and they’re doing a good job.”
Senior receiver Mike Reed, who towers over most defensive backs at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, caught two touchdown passes for the Desert Shields.
Cheyenne claimed a 14-0 halftime lead, but the teams traded scores six times in the second half as Cimarron-Memorial tried to claw its way back.
“They had our back against the wall and they were fighting as good as anybody,” Ward said.
The rivalry game between the schools — Duel in the Desert — dates back to the early 1990s. A win over Cimarron-Memorial is a good way for Cheyenne to begin its season.
“I think the kids were really pumped (to get a win over a rival),” Ward said. “We had a pretty good crowd at the game, and I think everyone was excited. (Cimarron) played a hell of a ballgame. They were very well coached and fought to the end.”
Cheyenne now prepares for a trip out to Boulder City to play the Eagles, while the Spartans hope to get into the win column as they host Coronado next Friday.