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Cimarron-Memorial off to fast playoff start against Durango

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Cimarron-Memorial rushed past Durango in a 59-20 victory in the first round of the playoffs Friday.

Spartan running backs James Poole, Stephen Nixon and Zach Barbara combined for more than 500 yards in the victory.

Durango, however, kept the game close in the first half. Trailing 21-20, the Trailblazers set up for a field goal with less than a minute to go before halftime.

But Cimarron-Memorial blocked the attempt and returned it far enough to set up its own field goal. The Spartans nailed the field goal attempt with one second remaining in the first half.

That changed everything.

“That gave us some momentum headed in for halftime,” Cimarron coach Rod Vollan said.

The Spartans dominated the second half, scoring 25 points and holding Durango scoreless.

“It was playoff football, so everything that we may have done well got amplified and things we didn’t do so well got amplified,” Vollan said. “But bottom line is, it’s playoff football and we’re happy to move on.”

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