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Williams carries load as Spartans hold off Longhorns

Cimarron-Memorial’s Demaryae Williams rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries as the No. 9 Spartans (4-2, 3-2 Northwest) held on to beat visiting Legacy (2-3, 2-3) 20-14 on Saturday.

Williams broke a tackle and shed another tackler on a 44-yard TD run to give Cimarron a 20-8 lead with 9:55 to play.

Legacy’s Steffan Webb had an 87-yard run, but slowed down before crossing the goal line and was caught from behind by Cimarron’s Marques Price who stripped Webb of the ball and recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchback with 5:18 left in the first half.

Cimarron’s defense, led by defensive end Austin Cervantes who had a sack, forced four straight punts by Legacy to start the second half before the Longhorns took advantage of a pass interference penalty and scored on the following play with a 9-yard run by D’Andre Hughes to make it 20-14 with 2:24 left.

Legacy failed to convert the 2-point conversion attempt as Cimarron’s Tristan Grimmet knocked quarterback Kashawn Richardson out of bounds.

Cimarron’s Robert Padilla recovered the onside-kick attempt by Legacy on the ensuing kickoff. Legacy held Cimarron and got the ball back with 58 seconds left but failed to score.

Williams scored on a 36-yard dash in the second quarter and quarterback Gerard Martinez scored on a 1-yard keeper to cap Cimarron’s 15-play opening drive in the first quarter.

Hughes finished with 115 yards on 15 rushes, including a 64-yard TD scamper in the second quarter.

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