By any statistical measurement, this decade of high school football in New Mexico’s largest classification unequivocally belonged to the Cleveland Storm.
The most important standard is championships, and Cleveland on Saturday won its third big-school title since 2010 in dispatching rival Rio Rancho. Those three are more than any other program in the large division during 2010-19. The Storm went 3-1 in state finals, following up perfect seasons in 2011 and 2015.
Rio Rancho (2014, 2016) and Las Cruces (2012, 2013) both won a pair of championships. Mayfield was the only other team besides Cleveland to reach four finals, but the Trojans lost all but one of them.