Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 | 11:41 p.m.
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.”