The La Cueva Bears returned from their bye week with a vengeance.
No. 2-ranked La Cueva got six touchdown passes from quarterback Dylan Summer — half of them to Reece Wilkinson — as the Bears stomped Sandia 49-13 in a District 2-6A matchup Friday night at Wilson Stadium.
“It’s a testament to all the guys we have on offense,” said Wilkinson, the metro’s leading 6A touchdown maker among receivers, with 15 after his three Friday. “Dylan just blows me away. He’s having a great year.”
The game was perhaps even more lopsided than the score suggests. One of Sandia’s two scores came with a very short field (11 yards) after an interception. La Cueva outgained Sandia 443-69 in total yards, and that super-quick Bears defense stifled the run-first Matadors to the tune of 18 yards on 23 tries.
Summer completed only 15 passes — but 40 percent of them went for scores.
“Tonight was awesome,” Summer said. He threw for 212 yards in just over three quarters of work.
The sting of losing to Manzano two weeks ago was erased quickly, with La Cueva looking extremely sharp and motivated early on.
“We came out fast, we came out swinging,” La Cueva coach Brandon Back said. “We didn’t look like we had a bye.”
The Bears (7-1, 1-1 in 2-6A) scored four touchdowns in the opening 14 minutes. Running back D’Andre Williams darted untouched 51 yards for a TD on La Cueva’s first drive.
Summer took over from there. On the next three possessions, he tossed 18 yards to Wilkinson, went 12 yards to Grant Giesler and then 33 yards to Wilkinson, with Wilkinson doing all the work on that play with some nifty run-after-catch maneuvers.
Sandia got within 28-13 midway through the quarter on a pair of TD passes by QB Junior Silva, but just before halftime, Summer threw his fourth touchdown, 16 yards to Wilkinson.
Giesler and Seth Beller caught the fifth and sixth TDs from Summer in the first six minutes of the third quarter.
“We wanted to make sure we shelled out, and that everyone knows that we’re still gonna come after it,” Summer said.
The other winner Friday was No. 1 Manzano, which clinched the 2-6A championship by virtue of La Cueva’s win.
LA CUEVA 49, SANDIA 13
La Cueva 21 14 14 0 — 49
Sandia 0 13 0 0 — 13
Scoring: LC, D’Andre Williams 51 run (Dominic Camacho kick); LC, Reece Wilkinson 18 pass from Dylan Summer (Camacho kick); LC, Grant Giesler 12 pass from Summer (Camacho kick); LC, Wilkinson 33 pass from Summer (Camacho kick); S, Elijah Morris 9 pass from Junior Silva (kick blocked); S, D.J. Hayden 18 pass from Silva (Gabe O’Herron-Alex kick); LC, Wilkinson 16 pass from Summer (Camacho kick); LC, Giesler 8 pass from Summer (Camacho kick); LC, Seth Beller 8 pass from Summer (Camacho kick).
First downs: LC 20; S 4. Rushes-yards: LC 31-204; S 23-18. Passing: LC 17-30-1—239; S 8-15-0—51. Total offense: LC 443; S 69. Punts-avg.: LC 1-23.0; S 8-31.0. Penalties-yards: LC 9-96; S 7-56. Records: LC 7-1, 1-1 in 2-6A; S 4-4, 0-2