RIO RANCHO, N.M. — November began with a Storm victory on the first at Rio Rancho Stadium, and ended with a Storm victory there on the 30th as Cleveland’s 48-40 victory on a cold Saturday afternoon gave the Storm their third state title — each in an odd year (2011, ’15 and now ’19).
A crowd estimated at 5,000 braved the 38-degree weather, which seemed much colder with the 23-mph wind.
It was the sixth win in a row for the Storm (11-2) at RRHS, where they haven’t lost since the teams’ inaugural meeting on Oct. 30, 2009, a punishing 50-19 Rams win. Cleveland won its games there in all the odd years — 2011, ’13, ’15, ’17 and again this fall.
This meeting was all offense, with senior Dorian Lewis scoring four rushing touchdowns and one on a TD catch from quarterback Jeff Davison. He finished with 231 rushing yards (unofficially) on 35 carries.