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Canyon Springs wins rivalry game with neighboring Cheyenne

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Canyon Springs football players Stephone Revels, Fabian Leos and A.J. Cooper Thursday, July 26, 2012.

The Canyon Springs football team won the battle of Alexander Road Friday, beating Cheyenne decisively, 42-8.

The Pioneers moved to 2-0 and look poised for a strong season.

Donnel Pumphrey, who ran for 347 yards and five touchdowns last week, was again dominant. He scored on four long touchdowns, including one on a busted running play that set the pace early, and another on a 70-yard kickoff return that sealed the game. Pumphrey also made a monster hit that broke up a long pass on a fake punt.

“He’s self-motivated. The kid works,” said coach Hunkie Cooper, who went on to praise the entire team’s effort.

The defense was especially effective shutting down Cheyenne’s running game.

Cooper said he counsels level-headedness to his players, even as they psyche up for big games like the Alexander Road rivalry: “Execution beats emotion,” he said.

Canyon Springs goes on the road to play Palo Verde next week.

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