Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 | 12:01 a.m.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer look ahead to another week of high school football and detail why the Northwest division appears to be the strongest in town. Palo Verde, Arbor View, Centennial, Cimarron and Cheyenne have all looked impressive in the early season.
The Cheyenne High football team is making a habit of winning close games.
The Desert Shields on Thursday received a 3-yard rushing touchdown from Tyler Spight in overtime against host Cimarron-Memorial and Kenneth Counts followed with the 2-point conversion for a 28-20 victory.
Last week, Cheyenne (2-0, 2-0 Northwest) hung on for a 16-14 win against Legacy in another back-and-forth contest.
Cimarron (2-1, 1-1) was denied on its possession in overtime when running back Demaryae Williams was stopped at the goal line on consecutive plays. Williams had three touchdowns and more than 200 rushing yards but couldn’t break through the Cheyenne defense on the game’s final two plays.
Williams’ third touchdown came on an 8-yard run with about 50 seconds to play to even the score at 20. Cheyenne, however, blocked the extra point to force overtime.
It was one of several big plays that helped Cheyenne stay in the game. They were outplayed for parts of the night but used the big play to keep the score close and didn’t flinch late with the game on the line.
Cheyenne struggled moving the ball for most of the first half and trailed 7-0 with less than a minute remaining before halftime. But junior running back Myloe Lewis helped the Desert Shields grab momentum by racing for an 76-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds to play in the half. Spight added on the 2-point conversion and Cheyenne led 8-7.
In the second half, Counts helped set up Cheyenne’s second touchdown by returning an interception deep into Cimarron territory. On the next play, Lewis scored on an 18-yard run for a 14-7 Cheyenne lead.
Cimarron’s Williams responded early in the fourth quarter with a short touchdown run to even the game at 14. But Lewis again answered by scoring on an 80-yard run with 4:43 to play to give Cimarron the lead again. Lewis was virtually untouched on both long runs.
Williams, a transfer from Palo Verde who entered with 238 yards in two games, was equally impressive. He just didn’t have the answer in overtime, giving Cheyenne a crucial Northwest Division win in arguably the state’s toughest league.