La Cueva’s football team heads into the Class 6A state playoffs riding a three-game winning streak after blanking Clovis 27-0 in a District 2-6A matchup at Wilson Stadium on Friday night.
It was the third shutout this season for La Cueva (9-1, 3-1).
“We knew coming into the season the defense is where we’d be the best,” said La Cueva coach Brandon Back. “We returned nine starters on defense from last year’s team and had a new quarterback coming in. When the offense hasn’t clicked, the defense has been our saving grace.”
Seth Beller caught a touchdown pass from Dylan Summer, and Dominic Camacho booted a 33-yard field goal for an early 10-0 lead for the Bears over the Wildcats (5-5, 1-3).
Later, after a defensive stand inside its 10, the Bears needed just seven plays to extend their lead.
D’Andre Williams broke off a pair of first-down runs, and Summer found Reece Wilkinson on a 34-yard completion down the right sideline to the Clovis 16.
Three plays later, Williams padded the lead with just 1:18 remaining in the half on a 2-yard run.
Summer threw for 202 yards and two scores, and Wilkinson had nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.
“This game was just a testament to all of the guys we have on offense,” Wilkinson said. “The line did a great job; the quarterback, running backs and receivers, we all had great games tonight.”
— Patrick Newell
CLEVELAND 49, VOLCANO VISTA 14: At Cleveland, the Storm scored on its first four possessions and coasted to a big District 1-6A victory.
Isaac Torres ran for 139 yards on 13 carries, and scored three touchdowns — including a 56-yarder on the second offensive play of the game.
Randy Nieto caught scoring strikes of 19 and 24 yards from quarterback Angelo Trujillo, and Justin Ainsworth hauled in a 9-yard TD pass from Trujillo.
The Storm (9-1, 4-0) led 28-7 at the end of the first quarter and 42-7 at halftime.
Joah Flores caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Hawks (5-5, 0-4), who were eliminated from playoff contention the previous week.
“What you do in November is what you’ll remember,” Cleveland coach Heath Ridenour told his players, shortly after they received the district championship trophy. “We can get better at everything,” he said, despite an eight-game winning streak.
That streak began the week after Cleveland was whipped 30-7 by La Cueva in Week 2, and those two could meet again in the playoffs.
“It doesn’t matter (who we play),” Ridenour said.
— Gary Herron
ELSEWHERE: Rio Rancho (8-2, 3-1) clinched second place in District 1-6A with a resounding 59-14 road win at Piedra Vista (5-5, 2-2). … Highland defeated Valley 28-21 at Milne Stadium. Both teams finished the year 3-7 overall and 2-3 in District 4-6A. … Atrisco Heritage (7-3, 5-0 in 4-6A) whipped Albuquerque High (4-6, 2-3) 55-0 at Nusenda Community Stadium. … Capital (6-4, 4-0) clinched the District 2-5A title Friday night, defeating visiting Los Alamos 47-19. That result eliminated Del Norte from playoff contention. … Las Cruces (9-1, 6-0 in 3-6A) dominated Mayfield (2-8, 2-4) 49-13 at Aggie Memorial Stadium. … Gateway Christian routed visiting Menaul 50-0 in the first round of the 8-Man playoffs. The Panthers finished the season 5-5. … Ruidoso (7-3, 3-1 in 4-4A) won a shootout with visiting Moriarty (7-3, 2-2), downing the Pintos 39-31.