RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Like the commercials for the durable Timex watches, Rio Rancho quarterback Isaiah Chavez “took a licking and he kept on ticking” Friday evening at Wilson Stadium, where he led the No. 5 Rams to an exciting 24-21 victory over third-ranked La Cueva.
Chavez put the Rams on the scoreboard first — thanks to a defensive stand that thwarted a Bears fourth-down play — with a 2-yard touchdown run. Zach Benedict’s point-after made it 7-0, which remained the score heading into the second period.
The Bears (3-2) then scored twice in the second quarter to lead, 14-7, at halftime, with their first TD tallied on their initial possession after Chavez’s run. The second TD came off a three-play drive after Chavez was intercepted in what turned out to be a dismal first half through the air, as he threw for only 9 yards.