With Sue Cleveland opening in 2009 after overcrowding at Rio Rancho, one of New Mexico’s greatest football rivalries was born. These schools sitting only five miles apart fight for “The City Trophy” every year and the bragging rights that come with it in the town of Rio Rancho. Sue Cleveland, on a five-year win streak, looks to keep the streak alive while Rio Rancho looks to break it up and start a streak of their own. Does Rio Rancho have what it takes with Sue Cleveland coming off an undefeated season in 2021 and having defeated them in the 6A State Championship? Friday, October 28th brings all the excitement!
The Rams put the first points up tonight in the fight for “The City Trophy” in New Mexico as a diving TD from #12 put them up 7-0 with 4:16 left in the 1st quarter. Rio Rancho’s #3 nabbed the ball on Cleveland’s next play for an interception. With just over 10 minutes left before the half, putting them up 14-0. A pivotal interception from Cleveland’s #6 changed the trajectory of this Rivalry game. A huge run by the Storm’s #23 put them on the board with 9:03 left in the half. A massive interception and another TD from #23 Josh Perry tied the game at 14 with 5 left before the half. A 3rd touchdown from #23 put the Storm in the lead 21-14 with just over 10 left in the 3rd quarter. A QB keeper from #10 extended Cleveland’s lead 28-14 just before the end of the 3rd. With only 41 seconds left in the game a TD from the Storm’s #10, ensured the Storm's claim to The City Trophy with a final score of 35-14.