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‘Best running back in the state’ powers Cimarron-Memorial to first win

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Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Cimarron-Memorial High football team pose for a photo at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day Tuesday July 31, 2018 at the Red Rock Resort and Casino. They include, from left, Mike Overland, Jordan Norwood and Adrian Alonso.

Cimarron-Memorial coach Kory Walker acknowledges his bias when it comes to Jordan Norwood, but also can’t contain his excitement about his star junior running back.

“I watch a lot of film, and I think this kid is the best running back in the state,” Walker said. “The guy runs the ball so hard.”

It might be hard to argue after Cimarron’s 42-25 victory over host Silverado on Friday night. Norwood was unstoppable, gaining 284 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries.

The Spartans finally got a victory after dropping two close games to start the season. Walker implemented an up-tempo game plan in an attempt to exhaust the Skyhawks, and Norwood was the right player to lead the attack.

Silverado went ahead in the first quarter, but Cimarron exploded in the second quarter to build a significant cushion. In addition to Norwood, sophomore quarterback Branden Smith paced the Spartans with 157 total yards.

Included in Smith’s night was a touchdown pass to senior running back Marcus Poole.

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.