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After sluggish start, Canyon Springs wakes up and shuts out Cheyenne

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Canyon Springs football players, from left, defensive back Raequan Bascombe, linebacker Isiah Carter, defensive lineman Rayshawn Henderson, running back Zaviontay Stevenson and defensive back A.J. Cooper.

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Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper hinted that his team would be more balanced this season, and that quarterback play would be improved.

Canyon Springs quarterback Bradley Alexander threw for 280 yards with three touchdowns, leading his team to a 36-0 victory over Cheyenne.

“It gives us more flexibility,” Cooper said of Alexander airing it out. “It makes us more than one-dimensional. Bradley is making great plays with the football. That’s pleasing to see.”

Junior Zaviontay Stevenson gave the Pioneers (2-0) a potent rushing attack, running for 104 yards and a touchdown.

While the end product was a victory, Cooper wasn’t completely satisfied with his team’s full effort.

The Pioneers (2-0) scored six points in the first half, before waking up for 30 in the second.

“We have to learn not to play at the level of our opponent,” he said. “We’re happy with the victory, but hopefully we can keep getting better.”

Luckily for the Pioneers, their defense remains one of the team’s strengths. Led by Rayshawn Henderson, Isiah Carter and Joe Jackson, the defense shut down the Desert Shields (0-3), buying time for Alexander and the offense to get going.

“Defense will always set the tempo,” Cooper said. “These guys are sound, and it’s hard to beat them. These guys are coached up at a collegiate level.

“We have to keep finding our groove. We have to play as champions.”

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