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Palo Verde downs Cimarron-Memorial, 28-14

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Palo Verde takes the field for the second half during their game against Arbor View Thursday, September 1, 2011. Palo Verde came out on top 14-7.

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Palo Verde is dangerous enough when it sticks to its trademark run game.

What happens when the Panthers can throw it, too? Watch out. Palo Verde beat Cimarron-Memorial 28-14 Friday behind two touchdown passes from quarterback Parker Rost.

“They were giving it to us, so that’s why we threw it,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said. “They flooded the line, so we had a play we knew we could run. The quarterback did a great job reading it.”

Rost went 6-for-10 for 84 yards. Lee Griggs led the team in rushing with 19 carries for 76 yards.

The Palo Verde defense did its part, too. The Panthers were shutting out the Spartans until giving up two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

On the second one, Cimarron running back Demaryae Williams rushed for a 55-yard touchdown. He finished with 17 carries for 82 yards.

“We had him bottled up, but then he got loose there at the end,” Rost said. “They kept playing and they were tough, so I give credit to Cimarron.”

The Palo Verde defense forced two turnovers and recorded five sacks on the night.

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