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Cheyenne slips by Legacy in defensive thriller

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Cheyenne High School football players Kenneth Counts III, Tyler Spight and Alex Wojtowicz.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer recap the action from the first week of high school football and look ahead to another slate of games. Popular topics include this week's Arbor View vs. Palo Verde showdown and last week's stunning upset by Bonanza over Silverado.

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Cheyenne made a commitment to improve its defense this offseason.

The Desert Shields showed it in their season opener Friday, as they stifled visiting Legacy for most of the night on the way to a 16-14 victory.

“We got gashed pretty good with their running game in the first half, but we made some adjustments at half,” Cheyenne coach David Cochran said. “They tried to throw on us, but I don’t think they even completed a pass against us.”

Junior defensive lineman Dylan Power was a big part of that success. He registered two sacks and a couple more quarterback hurries to pester the Longhorns all night.

Offensively, the Desert Shields leaned on junior running back Myloe Lewis to move the ball. Lewis broke free for a touchdown run in the first half.

A Steffan Webb touchdown for Legacy meant the score was tied at 8 going into halftime.

“It was kind of like a slugfest,” Cochran said. “It was a defensive battle the whole time.”

Cheyenne capitalized on a muffed punt by a Legacy returner and recovered the ball at the 1-yard line. It took four plays, but Lewis finally punched in the score on a sweep before Cheyenne converted on a two-point conversion with about four minutes remaining in the game.

The Cheyenne sideline got a major scare when L.J. McMorris returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but Legacy’s two-point conversion attempt proved unsuccessful.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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