Widefield's defense pulls past Cheyenne Mountain

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Photo - Widefield senior TJ Davis runs the ball for a 40 yard touchdown as they took on Cheyenne Mountain at home at C.A. Foster Stadium in Colorado Springs on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Widefield senior TJ Davis runs the ball for a 40 yard touchdown as they took on Cheyenne Mountain at home at C.A. Foster Stadium in Colorado Springs on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

There's that old saying, "Defense wins championships."

Well, Friday night, it was "Defense wins."

Widefield's football team claimed a 19-9 win over Cheyenne Mountain at CA Foster Stadium, advancing the young Gladiators to 3-0 on the season.

"Defense is our backbone right now," Widefield coach Nic Olney said. "They're playing lights out, and the offense put them in a couple holes with a short field tonight, but they responded very well."

Although the Indians contained Widefield's dual-threat quarterback TJ Davis, the Gladiators defense came up with a pair of all-important takeaways that led the team to victory.

Midway through the second quarter Widefield's Desmond Durand cut in front of a Cheyenne Mountain receiver early, grabbed an interception and ran it 23 yards to the end zone.

The very next Cheyenne Mountain (2-1) drive, Nate Daniel snatched another interception, which led to a 27-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Myreik Goodwin.

Widefield junior Frankie Ingraldi runs the ball as they took on Cheyenne Mountain at home at C.A. Foster Stadium in Colorado Springs on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).  

Goodwin pulled down an interception of his own in the fourth quarter, putting a halt on Cheyenne Mountain's late-game momentum.

"We had a couple really nice interceptions, a fumble recovery, so it's safe to say our defense set the tone tonight," Olney said.

Cheyenne Mountain coach Jay Saravis said the team learns something from every game - and much like the Indians' Week 1 matchup against Air Academy, Saravis said his team did not quit.

With less than a minute left to play, Cheyenne Mountain forged down to the 22-yard line, but Widefield's defense stepped up again.

John Underwood pulled down back-to-back sacks in the final seconds as the Indians were driving for the end zone.

Cheyenne Mountain freshman Brad Helton misses the catch as the team took on Widefield High School at C.A. Foster Stadium in Colorado Springs on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).  

"We learned today that our guys keep fighting," Saravis said, "but we have a long way to go to be able to play with the big teams like this."

Cheyenne Mountain earned its first touchdown midway through the third quarter thanks to a 12-yard run by Shamauri Rivera.

Davis finished 11 for 22 for 127 yards, while Cheyenne Mountain quarterback Zach Jones was 7 for 16 for 110 yards, and backup Brad Helton was 2 for 12 for 19 yards. Each Cheyenne Mountain quarterback threw two interceptions.