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Mojave downs Cheyenne for first time in school history, back in the playoffs

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Mojave High football players (from left) Latrell Fleming, Efrain Iglesias and Asante’ Lee before the 2013 season.

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Ty Flanagan rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns today on eight carries, helping the Mojave High football team defeat Cheyenne for the first time in school history, 22-8.

Mojave coach Joe Delgado said his team was 0-9 lifetime against Cheyenne, a fact not lost of most at Mojave — from administrators to students, it was a night to remember.

“Not just for the team, but for the whole school, this gets the monkey off our back,” Delgado said.

Cheyenne scored the game’s first points in the third quarter in taking an 8-0 lead, but Mojave closed with 22 unanswered points to grab the historic win.

On Mojave’s first drive after the Cheyenne touchdown, Flanagan scored his first touchdown and Elijah Smoot punched in the 2-point conversion to even the score.

Flanagan and quarterback Zach Arave added rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give Mojave the win. Arave’s run of about 40 yards secured the victory with one minute to play.

“This game was great to prepare us for the playoffs,” Delgado said.

Yes, Mojave is heading back to the postseason.

Overlooked in the excitement of finally beating Cheyenne is the fact Mojave will play in the playoffs for the second straight season. Until last year, the Rattlers had qualified just once since opening in 1996.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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