Walker, Desert Shields edge Grizzlies

Cheyenne running back David Walker rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown to lead the Desert Shields to a 12-10 home victory over Spring Valley on Friday.

Both offenses started slowly until quarterback Christian Tasi connected with wide receiver Anthony Vasquez on a 28-yard completion which placed Spring Valley (1-2, 0-1 Division I-A Sunset) deep in Desert Shield territory. Two plays later, Tasi scored on a 1-yard run. Michael Bianco’s 2-point conversion gave the Grizzlies an 8-0 lead. Bianco led the Grizzlies with 54 rushing yards

Cheyenne (1-2, 1-0) took advantage of an Ashton Lawson interception to score on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Matthew LaBonte to Zavieh Harrell to cut the lead to 8-6. Harrell led the Desert Shields with 76 receiving yards. After recovering a Grizzly fumble, Cheyenne went on a nine-play, 44-yard drive and scored just before halftime on a 3-yard run by Walker to take a 12-8 lead.

Midway through fourth quarter, Tasi executed an excellent punt that was downed on the Cheyenne 1-yard line. Two plays later, the Grizzlies tackled Walker in the end zone for a safety and cut the lead to 12-10, which ended the scoring.