Rio Rancho and Sue Cleveland met for the 10th time on Friday night in front of 6,300 fans at Rio Rancho Stadium. The last six times these teams have met in the regular season, the visiting team has won the “The City Trophy.” Cleveland holds a 5-4 edge in the series, and the distinction of being the last team to win on its own turf back in 2011.


Justin Ainsworth
Sue Cleveland


Evan Tafoya-Vallo

Rio Rancho

Evan is a three-year letterman and a two time 6A state champion. He is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers at St. Felix. He holds a 3.57 GPA and plans to attend the University of Texas El Paso on a football scholarship.
Dominic Thompson

Sue Cleveland

Dominic works hard on the football field and in the classroom. He takes numerous of AP courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. Dominic also volunteers at the Sagebrush Church and the Joy Junction group. He belongs to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is currently holding a 4.095 GPA.


Mark Alvarado

Rio Rancho

Mark “Marky” Alvarado played in the rivalry game his junior and senior years. He played on both sides of the ball as both a wide receiver and defensive back. In the 2014 Rivalry game, Alvarado came up with a game saving interception to help secure the Rams win, a 13-0 undefeated season, and a District 1-6A title. The 2014 Rio Rancho Rams went on to win their first state championship in school history.
Cole Gautsche

Sue Cleveland

Cole played quarterback on the 2012 undefeated state championship Cleveland storm team, better known as the Perfect Storm. Cole was a two time team captain, first team All-State QB in 2011 and the 2011 New Mexico Football Gatorade Player of the Year. At the University of New Mexico, Cole was voted a Captain and was a starter for the Lobos for three seasons. Currently, Cole is the Offensive Graduate Assistant and QB coach at Ottawa University of Arizona.


With both teams holding a 5-1 record, Rivalry MVP Justin Ainsworth broke the game open with a double reverse flea flicker that covered 69 yards for the score to give the Sue Cleveland Storm a 35-32 victory. Ainsworth finished with eight catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns.