CLOVIS — There are 100-meter sprinters who operate with less urgency than the Cleveland High School offense did on Friday night.
The Storm set a feverish pace from the first snap of the game, scored two touchdowns in every quarter, hung 658 yards on an overmatched Clovis defense and No. 3 seed Cleveland beat No. 2 Clovis 56-43 in a Class 6A semifinal at cold Leon Williams Stadium.
“At the end of the day, we just made a couple of more plays than they did down the stretch,” Storm coach Heath Ridenour said.
Cleveland (10-2) will face one of its District 1-6A rivals in the final next week. No. 1 Volcano Vista and No. 4 Rio Rancho battled in the 1 p.m. semi Saturday (Nov. 23) at Nusenda Community Stadium. The Storm have been in the 6A championship game three times in the last five seasons, including last year.