Prep soccer: Rio Rancho, Cleveland each roll once more


RIO RANCHO – Runner-up Rio Rancho kept pounding and scoring big games at either end of the field as he defeated # 4 Eldorado 41-0 in high school football on Friday night.

“We just kept hammering on the rock because we knew they couldn’t stop him,” said Rams senior running back Zach Vigil, who had three touchdown runs.

The Rams defense has yet to surrender one point this season after beating La Cueva 50-0 last week.

The Rio Rancho defensive front received critical stops on Friday as Eldorado (2-1) struggled to move the chains on the ground and decided to fire the ball into the field to try and generate offensive.

Rio Rancho came with interceptions from Lucas Lucero, Isaiah Padilla and Christopher Fox.

“We just knew they were going to do their part, and we just had to know we were doing our part,” Vigil said.

The Rio Rancho offense took command in the second half.

Quarterback Dominick Priddy’s 32-yard goalkeeper was the only touchdown of the first half.

Vigil freed himself for a 58-yard score a few minutes into the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter he crossed two scores – a 21-yard run that shot into the right corner of the end zone and then hit him a 2- Yard burst in the middle.

Wide receiver Michael Wood scored a goal in a 26-yard reception late in the third quarter.

Rio Rancho (3-0, including a loss to Goddard in Week 1) is home to Clovis next week.

“Now we are prepared and we are blessed to be in the position we are in,” said Vigil. “We can’t let it go to our heads and we just have to keep working as if we were still at the bottom.”

– Matt Hollinshead, Rio Rancho observer

CLEVELAND 55, MANZANO 0: In Rio Rancho junior running back Josh Perry celebrated his 17th.

Perry had scored a touchdown at the opening start, which he returned 58 yards – but the Storm was called to hold. He later scored on a 2 yard run for his team’s fourth TD of the game and added a 10 yard rush for the storm’s seventh TD.

The Cleveland offensive was 5 to 5 in the red zone and was so efficient it was never a third deficit.

Perry led the rushing attack by 46 yards for five carries, while quarterbacks Evan Wysong and Elijah Brody combined to pass 6 of 7 for 98 yards.

“We just work harder than everyone else; We just put the work in, ”said Perry. “We’re just going to raise the bar so that everyone in the state chases us.”

The storm limited Manzano to 32 yards and a total of 67 yards offensive.

– Gary Herron, Rio Rancho observer

Manzano 0 0 – 0
Cleveland 42 13-55
Classification: C, Nic Trujillo 33 Pass from Evan Wysong (Wysong-Kick); Wysong 6 pass by Elijah Brody (Wysong Kick); Ethan Duran 26 Pass from Wysong (Wysong Kick); Josh Perry 2 run (Wysong Kick); Isaac Medrano 48-run (Wysong kick); CJ Munoz 2 pass from Brody (Wysong kick); Perry 10 run (Wysong kick); Lucious Dickson 9 run (kick failed).
First descents: M 4; C 6th rushes yards: M 20-32; C 11-150. Over: M 4-10-2-35; C 6-7-0-98. Total offense: M 67; C 248. Average punts: M 1-44.0; C 0. Fumbles lost: M, 3-1; C 0-0. Penalty Shootout: M, 8-60; C, 5-30.

ALSO FRIDAY NIGHT: Los Lunas (3-1) held West Mesa (0-3) without a win at Nusenda Community Stadium with a 41-14 win. … At Wilson Stadium, Centenenial (2-1) doubled Sandia (1-1) with a score of 42:21. … At Milne Stadium, Farmington (5-0) hidden Highland (0-2) 53-0. … Artesia (2: 1) caught up after a 7-0 halftime deficit and won 21: 7 at Belen (0: 2). … In Farmington, Piedra Vista Atrisco Heritage lost 14-0 in the Jaguars’ first game of the season.