Jordan’s Big Play Sparks Cleveland
LOS LUNAS — Jalen Chavez scored all three Los Lunas touchdowns, the last on a twisting 21-yard run with 2:08 left in the game, and the Tigers shut out Sandia in the second half of a 20-7 win Friday night at Willie Chavez Field.
In the battle of unbeaten teams, Chavez finished with 135 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Los Lunas (4-0) scored twice in the first half, both on Chavez 3-yard runs, to take a 14-0 lead.
Sandia responded just before halftime, capping a 74-yard drive that took over six minutes.
Matadors quarterback Craig Coffman found Zach Garcia for a 5-yard scoring strike, but the senior QB was only 6-of-19 passing for 58 yards, with one interception.
Down 14-7 at the half, the Matadors (3-1) stopped Los Lunas on the Tigers’ first drive of the second half on downs at the Sandia 28. The Matadors then moved into Los Lunas territory, but a holding penalty and sack moved them out of scoring range.
The Tigers lost a fourth-quarter fumble after driving to the Sandia 19, but the LLHS defense forced the Matadors to punt, and Chavez’s final touchdown sealed the win.
— Mike Stearns
CLEVELAND 27, CLOVIS 20: In Rio Rancho, Storm quarterback Kian Homme threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns — one a backbreaking 71-yard score to running back Romell Jordan with less than five minutes to play — as Cleveland beat the visiting Wildcats.
Cleveland (2-2) had a third-and-10 from its own 29 and a 20-14 lead when Homme tossed a short pass to Jordan, who raced the distance for what turned out to be the clinching score with 4:49 remaining.
“Coach always tells us, ‘Big-time players make the big-time plays,’ ” said Jordan, who rushed for 146 yards on 30 carries and had four receptions for 92 yards. “Kian and I have that chemistry; we practice it all the time. He went through his reads, then went on his check-down to me.”
Clovis (2-2) came right back with a seven-play TD drive that used less than a minute to make it 27-20. Quarterback Kordell Tindle got the TD on a third-and-15 from the Cleveland 37 on a screen pass to Shaprie Bryant.
The Storm was whistled for two penalties, enforced on the ensuing kickoff, allowing Clovis a kickoff from the Cleveland 40. But the Storm recovered and picked up three first downs — Jordan making three key runs — to run the clock out.
Clovis led 14-7 at the half, but could never get an offensive rhythm in the second half. Tindle threw for 182 yards, while running back Kamal Cass had 83 yards rushing on 28 carries. He scored on a 12-yard run.
Jordan had two short touchdown runs.
— Mark Smith
ST. PIUS 41, BERNALILLO 7: At Bernalillo, the Sartans managed to dominate a game in which they turned the ball over five times and committed 12 penalties for 107 yards.
The lopsided outcome came thanks to as impressive a running performance as many will see this season. The 1-2 running back punch of seniors T.J. Sanchez and Nic Stafford had a combined 41 carries for 396 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. The Sartans (3-1) finished their blowout victory with 56 carries for 505 rushing yards and 27 points in the fourth quarter.
For the Spartans (0-4), who were celebrating homecoming, there was little satisfaction that the score was still 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
“I don’t know if we got tired or what, but when they got up 20-7 (with 9:46 left in the game), it kind of looked like we started quitting a little bit,” Bernalillo coach Ken Noel said.
Bernalillo’s offense was nonexistent, and the Spartans’ lone score in the game came via a 70-yard interception return by junior Victor Trujillo late in the second quarter.
St. Pius’ defense held Bernalillo to 27 carries for just 12 rushing yards, thanks largely to four sacks and several tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Bernalillo had 43 yards of offense and just four first downs — one thanks to a St. Pius penalty and the other on the final play of the game.
— Geoff Grammer
LA CUEVA 38, RIO GRANDE 6: At Milne Stadium, Zach Silva threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears (4-0) — playing without injured tailback Michael Rose — pasted the Ravens (1-2).
La Cueva led 31-0 at halftime and started the running clock after Silva’s third scoring strike, a 51-yarder to Jarrick Sharp, for a 38-0 lead with 6:15 left in the third period.
Jalen Ned scored on a 2-yard run for Rio Grande, which managed only four first downs and 108 yards offensively, all on the ground.
MAYFIELD 20, MANZANO 14: At the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces, the Trojans scored 20 straight points after spotting the Monarchs the first score in a nondistrict win.
Corey Morrow had a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter for Manzano (3-1), and Skyler Walker caught a 39-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds left in the game. But the Trojans (2-2) recovered the ensuing onside kick.
With the running game held in check by the Trojans, Manzano quarterback Angel Gonzales completed 23-of-34 passes for 236 yards.
HIGHLAND 30, CIBOLA 18: At Wilson Stadium, junior quarterback Bryan Medina passed for 326 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for 80 yards and a score as Highland (1-3) won a battle of winless teams. Cibola fell to 0-4.