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November 16, 2018

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Cimarron-Memorial holds up against Mojave in overtime

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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.

On 4th-and-goal in overtime against Mojave Friday night, Cimarron-Memorial coach Kory Walker warned his defense to watch for a screen pass.

Senior defensive lineman Adrian Alonso received the message, batting down the attempted screen to secure a 41-38 victory for the Spartans over the Rattlers.

“Alonso made a hell of a play,” Walker said. “They tried to run the same play earlier in the game, and we just felt they were going to go back to it.”

It was a happy ending for a defense that otherwise took its lumps, allowing Mojave to break off a few big plays to come back from a 14-point second half deficit to force overtime. Cimarron settled for a field goal when it got the ball first in overtime after Mojave successfully focused all their attention on junior running back Jordan Norwood.

Norwood otherwise punished Mojave all night, racking up 267 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries to keep Cimarron afloat.

“That’s three straight 200-yard games,” Walker said. “The kid is special. It’s the Norwood show.”

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