Cimarron-Memorial running back Justin Davis waited too long to get into the end zone last week, scoring twice in the fourth quarter against Cheyenne before the Spartans’ rally fell short.
On Friday at Del Sol, Davis gave Cimarron an early lead and never slowed down.
Davis rushed for 231 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a 27-7 victory over the Dragons.
“Our line did good and opened big holes for me,” Davis said. “I give it all to the line. I just saw holes all night.”
Davis, listed at 5 feet 5 inches and 155 pounds, did not shy away from running inside, as he showed on his 54-yard first-quarter touchdown. He pounded though defenders at the line before exploding into the clear.
“I have been doing this since I was little, and Coach (John Parcells) has been helping me out a lot,” Davis said of his physical running style. “I just hit it and see what I can get.”
Along with his toughness, Davis displayed nifty moves as he juked his way 26-yards for a second-quarter touchdown that put the Spartans (1-1) ahead 13-0.
While Davis was leading the offense, Cimarron’s defense stuffed Del Sol (0-1) for much of the night. The Dragons were held to 162 yards, with 69 coming in the final nine minutes.
“We aren’t really big, but we run to the football,” Parcells said. “We tackled a lot better. Our alignment and assignments were a lot better.
“Once everyone figures out where they need to be, we could be a dangerous defense. We are not there yet, but we will get better.”
Davis said the victory showed Cimarron’s improvement since its opener.
“Last week we should have won, but we had messed-up assignments,” Davis said. “Every win is good. But we are all going to get better every week.
Next week I’ll try to get 300 (yards).”
Stanley Thomas and Desean Lewis both had sacks for Cimarron, and Michael Barnson and Donovan Dykes each recovered a fumble.
Desean Lewis and Derek Morefield added short TD runs for Cimarron in the second half as the lead swelled to 27-0.
Del Sol senior Micah Hare threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to junior Dominic Cochrane with 4:12 remaining.
Shadow Ridge 50, Legacy 49 — At Shadow Ridge, the Mustangs (2-1) mounted a furious comeback in the third quarter and emerged with an overtime victory over the Longhorns (0-2).
Ali Abdullah caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from senior QB Bakari Smith in OT, and Aarron Council’s conversion kick delivered the victory for Shadow Ridge.
Abdullah also scored with 1:11 left in the fourth quarter on an 18-yard pass from Smith, and Alex Wise made a shoestring catch for the 2-point conversion to make it 43-43.
Smith led the Mustangs’ charge, finishing with 393 yards passing and five touchdowns, two to senior Marquise Evans.
Legacy went ahead 49-43 in overtime on QB Kashawn Richardson’s 1-yard run, but the conversion kick failed.
Trailing 35-14 at halftime, Shadow Ridge tied the game by scoring three touchdowns in a three-minute span in the third quarter. Chris Goodie’s 22-yard run tied it on a possession that began with a fumbled kickoff.
Legacy regained the lead with 6:48 left on a 35-yard run by senior Charles Julian, who rushed for 255 yards on 34 carries. A 2-point conversion made it 43-35 before Shadow Ridge rallied again on Abdullah’s TD catch.
— Jesse Vineyard
Virgin Valley 26, Mojave 20 — At Mojave, Dee Bowler rushed for 133 yards on 24 carries, including the winning 2-yard touchdown in overtime, as the Bulldogs (3-0) beat the Rattlers (1-2).
Mojave rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing by 13 early. Zack Arave sparked the comeback, throwing for 194 yards and three touchdowns.
Bulldogs QB Garrett Leavitt passed for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Tyson Teerlink made two TD catches and had 89 yards with three receptions.
Marcus Parker led the Panthers with four catches for 106 yards and two TDs.
— Adam Eslinger
Arbor View 28, Green Valley 19 — At Arbor View, junior Anthony Smith gained 139 yards on 14 carries as the second-ranked Aggies (2-0) started strong and held on to beat the Gators (0-1).
Jimmie Finister ran for a 57-yard touchdown on Arbor View’s second play, helping Arbor View dominate the first half.
The Aggies stretched their lead to 28-7 at halftime, powered by TD runs by Ricky Clark and Larry Norman and a TD pass from Rasheem Parks to Rasheed Parks.
Finister finished with 109 yards on nine carries, and Norman gained 94 yards on 15 carries.
Green Valley, which got a rushing TD by Gino Jonassanit late in the first half, cut the deficit with a TD pass from Kyler Chavez to Quintin Kohorst, and a 12-yard run by Christian Lopez.
Chavez completed 14 of 20 passes for 127 yards.
— Jeff Wollard
Basic 47, Rancho 14 — At Rancho, the Wolves bolted to a 41-0 halftime lead and never looked back, beating the Rams in both teams’ season opener.
Senior Jaylen Rose threw TD passes of 34 and 6 yards to Devonte Boyd, then both sat out the second half with the outcome certain. The second TD pass came on the last play of the first half, capping a drive that included a 54-yard hookup from Rose to junior Antraye Johnson on third-and-29.
Johnson returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and added two more TDs, both on 1-yard runs.
Basic held Rancho to 66 yards of total offense, including 4 yards in the first half. Rancho scored on a 6-yard pass from Maxwell Luarca to Tommy Perkins, and a 22-yard fumble recovery return by Liam McIntyre.
— Stephen Weeks
Spring Valley 22, Valley 12 — At Valley, senior quarterback Brant Berglund compiled 285 total yards and a touchdown on a bad ankle to spark the Grizzles (2-0) past the Vikings (0-1).
Berglund suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter after a 64-yard run that set up a Spring Valley touchdown. He stayed in the game and finished with 171 yards passing and 114 rushing.
“I didn’t want to let my team down.” Berglund said after the game.
Valley could not capitalize on five turnovers by the Grizzles, including three interceptions by Berglund.
Vikings running back Kennedy Williams gained 165 yards on 27 carries, scoring twice, and Juan Batiste recovered a fumble and made an interception.
— Zac Alexander
Palo Verde 41, Bonanza 13 — At Palo Verde, junior running back Calvin Beaulieu set the tone early, scoring on runs of 15 and 56 yards in the first half help the No. 5 Panthers (1-2) top the Bengals (0-2).
Beaulieu led all rushers with 169 yards on 21 carries.
Bonanza scored first on a 72-yard interception return by safety Colton Bennion, and kept it score close in the first half when Tyler Penkalski blocked a Palo Verde punt which Scott Dore recovered in the end zone.
The Panthers defense, though, got heat on the quarterback all night, compiling five sacks and yielding only seven first downs.
Palo Verde took to the air in the second half. Parker Rost threw touchdowns to Hykeem Massey on consecutive drives to start the third quarter. Rost finished with 162 yards passing and three touchdowns. Senior tight end/linebacker Christian D’Orazio-Martin caught a 28-yard touchdown pass, and also had two sacks.
— Tim Flanagan
Eldorado 41, Sunrise Mountain 28 — At Eldorado, Justin Brown rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns as the Sundevils (1-0) rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit to beat the Miners (1-2).
Josh Brown rushed for three touchdowns and passed for 165 yards, including a tying 20-yard TD to junior Benjamin Martinez in the third quarter.
Sunrise Mountain QB Chris Moore ran for two touchdowns and running back Sherman Nash also scored twice, including a 90-yard kickoff return.
The Sundevils’ defense limited Moore to one second-half completion.
— Jamie Bichelman
Moapa Valley 54, Faith Lutheran 19 — At Faith Lutheran, Conner Mortensen scored five touchdowns, including a 65-yard punt return, and rushed for 175 yards to lead the Pirates (3-1) over the Crusaders (1-2).
Moapa Valley got 121 yards rushing and three touchdowns by Sean McConnell, who scored on a 40-yard run, a fumble return and a 60-yard punt return.
Faith Lutheran quarterback Shawn Balva passed for 369 yards on 14 completions, with Anthony Pryatel-Farmer catching six for 166 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. Balva also ran 6 yards for score.
Moapa Valley forced three turnovers in the third quarter alone and sacked Balva 11 times overall.
Sean Bishel made two interceptions for Faith Lutheran, and Vinny DeGeorge had two catches for 82 yards and a TD.
— Neil Grepke
Desert Pines 34, Clark 8 — At Clark, the Jaguars (1-2) pulled away from an 8-all halftime tie with 26 unanswered points to beat the Chargers (0-3).
Iquan Corsey passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard strike to Trevion Turner, to lead Desert Pines. Malik Davis had 97 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Clark quarterback Anthony Bermudez scored on a 7-yard keeper in the second quarter.
— Brian Danise
Chaparral 34, Western 6 — At Western, the Cowboys (2-1) compiled 228 yards in the first half to take a 21-0 lead and breezed to victory over the Warriors (0-3).
Tyquan Anderson rushed for 131 yards, 120 of them in the first half, highlighted by an 84-yard touchdown. Antonio Thomas had 95 by halftime and finished with 186 on 18 carries, with touchdowns of 42 and 28.
Quarterback Josh Jonshon added 59 yards and a touchdown on seven carries for Chaparral.
— Bryan Follins
Ayala (Calif.) 56, Cheyenne 32 — At Cheyenne, Ayala from Chino Hills, Calif., scored on the opening kickoff and led throughout to defeat the Desert Shields (2-1).
Bryan Meyette was 12-for-18 passing for 208 yards and four touchdowns for Ayala (3-0), and R.J. Cardenas ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Jordan Robinson also supplied 148 yards of offense and three touchdowns for Ayala.
Myloe Lewis rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown on eight carries for Cheyenne. Agbor Enokenwa had 100 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
— Steven Slivka
Needles 32, Calvary Chapel 15 — At Calvary Chapel, Kobee McCorkle scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter, and the Mustangs (1-1, 1-0 Division III Southern) led the rest of the way to beat the Lions (1-2, 1-1).
Jason Nevarov rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown for Needles, while McCorkle finished with 52 yards and two scores.
A.J. Davis powered Calvary Chapel, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
— Mick Akers
Boulder City 33, Pahrump Valley 6 — At Pahrump, Xavier Steel scored on an 88-yard kickoff return and gained 67 yards on eight carries to lead the Eagles (3-0) past the Trojans (0-3).
Boulder City’s D.J. Koopman rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries, including a 5-yard TD in the second quarter.
Joe Miller passed for 113 yards for Boulder City. He connected with Michael Kelso twice for 58 yards, including a 37-yard TD in the first quarter.
Pahrump Valley’s A.J. Segura completed 6 of 19 passes for 78 yards, including a 12-yard TD to Dalton Beighley in the second quarter.
Lincoln County 42, The Meadows 0 — At Panaca, Derek Cheeney rushed for 167 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries as the Lynx (2-1, 2-0 Division III Southern) routed the Mustangs (0-3, 0-2).
Colton Johnson gained 126 yards on 12 carries for Lincoln County, which led 34-0 at halftime, and Mitchell O’Connor added 94 yards and a TD on five carries.
Preston Avery scored on a 39-yard interception return.
Bryson Bickart rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries for The Meadows, and Chase Marrs had 47 yards on six attempts.
Pahranagat Valley 48, Carlin 0 — At Carlin, Austin Poulsen completed 14 of 21 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 77 yards and one TD on seven carries to help the Panthers (2-0) dominate a rematch of last year’s Class 1A state title game over the Railroaders.
Tyler Higbee ran for 87 yards on 15 carries for Pahranagat Valley, including TD runs of 12 and 10 yards. He also caught seven passes for 61 yards, including a 14-yard scoring strike from Poulsen.
Spring Mountain 34, Mineral County 0 — At Hawthorne, the Eagles (2-0) rolled past the Serpents (1-1) in a game that was called with 9:44 to play in the second quarter when Mineral County had too many injuries to continue.
Bruce Travis-Collins and Marcus Thomas had two rushing touchdowns each for Spring Mountain, and Isaiah Brooks had one.
White Pine 12, Laughlin 6 — At Ely, the Bobcats (2-1, 1-1 Division III Southern) beat the Cougars (1-1, 1-1) on a touchdown pass with less than five minutes to play.
Laughlin’s points came on a rushing TD by Averie Prosise.
Round Mountain 42, Beatty 14 — At Beatty, Serjio Chavez ran for four touchdowns and Emitt Davis rushed for two TDs to lead the Knights (2-1, 1-0 Division IV Southern) by the Hornets (0-1, 0-1).
Beatty scored twice in the fourth quarter.
Sandy Valley 46, Victor Valley Christian (Calif.) 0 — At Sandy Valley, the Sidewinders (1-0) breezed past the Royals (0-2).