Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 | 11 p.m.
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Palo Verde hosts Cheyenne in a Thursday night game between two traditional Northwest powers. The Panthers have looked nearly invincible while starting the season 5-0, but could the Desert Shields give them a scare in this rivalry game?
Legacy quarterback Jordan Pinkney cut around the edge on an option play and saw nothing but open field with only a few minutes remaining in his team’s home game against Cimarron-Memorial Friday night.
Pinkney scored a 40-yard touchdown on the play to give Legacy (2-3) a late 20-14 victory against Cimarron (2-3).
“The kids finally came together and showed some emotion,” Legacy coach Dave Snyder said. “We’ve been in some tough spots this season, but the kids have worked hard.”
Close games are nothing new for these two Northwest Division rivals. Last year, Legacy defeated Cimarron 30-29 in overtime during its march to an undefeated regular season and divisional title.
But Cimarron returned the favor and took Legacy out of the playoffs with a 21-20 victory. Both teams lost nearly all their key contributors from last year. That didn’t stop this matchup from producing another classic with new faces.
Legacy’s Jordan Ireland had 14 carries for 101 yards and LJ McMorris had 100 yards on seven carries. Pinkney went 4-for-8 for 81 yards.
“I thought for the most part we played hard, but we had too many missed assignments,” Cimarron coach Rod Vollan said. “We made one too many mistakes. We’ll do what we always do and watch film, identify the mistakes and move forward.”