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If there was any doubt Cheyenne High is the team to beat in the new Division I-A, senior running back Myloe Lewis erased those concerns Thursday in the opening two minutes of the Desert Shields’ first game.
Lewis rushed for a 55-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Then, after a Desert Pines interception, he scored on a 23-yard run in making a big-time opening-night statement.
Lewis rushed for 343 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries in leading visiting Cheyenne to a 30-22 victory. The Desert Shields led 16-0 with 10:01 to play in the first quarter, showing the rest of the new classification that the state championship likely will go through the North Las Vegas school.
“We aren’t even going to address the state (championship) issue,” Cheyenne coach David Cochran said. “We are going to take it one game at a time and stay humble, stay hungry and keep working.”
The game stayed close for the rest of the first half, but Lewis had his longest run on the second play of the third quarter to put the game out of reach. He went virtually untouched on an 84-yard touchdown, outracing the Desert Pines defense to the end zone for a 24-6 advantage.
“Man, that was unexpected,” Lewis said of his big night. “It was great blocking first of all. Just seen the hole and went in.”
The evening wasn’t all good for Cheyenne.
Lewis lost a pair of fumbles, and the Desert Shields committed four turnovers and were flagged for double-digit penalties. Two of Desert Pines’ three touchdowns, including a Travis Nofoa 15-yard scoring strike to Leon Flintroy with 3:44 remaining to cut the Desert Pines deficit to eight points, were the result of getting the ball off a turnover deep in Cheyenne territory.
“That first-of-the-season rust kicked in,” Cochran said. “We turned the ball over too much. We have to work on that. We also had too many personal fouls, which we are going to spend a lot of time addressing. We are going to try to clean it up and get better as we go.”
Iquan Corsey received a bulk of the carries for Desert Pines after Eric Wilkes was injured early. Corsey scored on a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and rushed for about 90 yards.
“People got introduced to Iquan,” Desert Pines coach Paul Bennett said.
Cheyenne went for the 2-point conversion after each touchdown. Devin Tatum twice scored on runs.
But this night belonged to Lewis.
“That Myloe is the truth. He is the truth, man,” Bennett said. “I didn’t realize he was that good.”