RIO RANCHO, N.M. — No. 3 Cleveland (8-2, 4-1 in District 1-6A), which beat No. 2 Rio Rancho (6-4, 3-2), 35-20, Friday night in the annual City of Vision Championship Game at Rio Rancho Stadium, probably will receive a top-four seed and a free pass into the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A football playoffs, which start this coming weekend.
“We can be anywhere from a 2 to a 5,” speculated CHS coach Heath Ridenour, telling his players after the game they’d have a November to remember.
“We didn’t play like a championship team tonight and they did,” RRHS coach David Howes said after the game, scooping up sweaty jerseys and pants and putting them into a shopping cart in the locker room. “They played better than we did; kudos to them — they stepped it up in the second half and we didn’t.”
The Rams grabbed a 7-0 lead on their first possession, as senior quarterback Isaiah Chavez led them on a 16-play, 86-yard drive — with Chavez rushing for 32 of those yards — capped on his 9-yard run.