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Defense impenetrable as Cimarron-Memorial powers past Eldorado

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Cimarron-Memorial High football players before the 2013 season included (top row, from left) Frank Tito and Jeffrey Prince. On the bottom row from left is Michael Barnson and Tim Wooters.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back with their weekly look at high school football. In this episode, they debate how to rank Arbor View, Palo Verde, Green Valley and Liberty.

On a night where the offense turned in an anemic performance, defense sparked Cimarron-Memorial.

The Spartans won their third straight to start the season by smothering the Eldorado Sundevils, coming away with a 20-7 victory on the road.

“Our defense played outstanding football,” Cimarron coach John Parcells said. “It was just top-notch, lockdown, great defense. Coach Murphy and his guys that run the defense did a great job. Everything’s really starting to jell on that side.”

The game’s opening score came when Cimarron cornerback Maurice Bennett returned an interception for a touchdown. The Spartans went on to pick off three more passes, upping their interception total by one after three last week against Cheyenne.

In addition to Bennett, Savigon McIver had a pick and Dallas Cervantes recorded two. One of the turnovers in the first half set up a short scoring run from quarterback Derek Morefield.

Parcells also highlighted linebacker John Nelson as a standout in the game.

“He’s played great and really become one of the leaders on our defense,” Parcells said. “He’s a hard-nosed player and big hitter.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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