AUSTIN DENTON | SPORTS
La Cueva quarterback Dylan Summer threw for yet another mass number of yardage, 266 to be exact, as the Bears defeated the Cleveland Storm, 30-7 on Homecoming Night.
In a matchup where #3 in the state-ranked Storm were looking to continue their momentum after a 52-22 win over the Onate Knights Week 1, the #5 Bears had the same exact motivation after a 42-8 win over the Cibola Cougars the week before. And with a little extra motivation with Homecoming, the Bears delivered.
The scoring got started early for the Bears. Midway through the first quarter, QB Summer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reece Wilkinson for six points and the PAT, making it 7-0 LC. Not too long later with 1:55 left in the first, kicker Dominic Camacho lined himself up for the 20-yard field goal, splitting the uprights and changing the scoreboard to 10-0.
The Bears defense would hold them scoreless all throughout the first and second quarter, with the offense for La Cueva continuing to score and show up the Cleveland defense. Wilkinson snagged another TD pass for six yards and the score, opening up the scoring in the second quarter. Then WR Seth Beller caught a reception from Summer for 49 yards and the TD, which widened the lead to 23-0 at halftime.
The scoring took an abrupt halt in the third quarter, with both sides going back and forth in terms of defensive plays. After the third, the Bears gave their last lick on a 23 yard run by RB D’Andre Williams to make it 30-0. The Storm were able to get their first score in the last minutes of the fourth, after a punt by the Bears didn’t go as planned, putting them in good field position.
The Bears now improve to 2-0 on the season with wins over Cibola and Cleveland, and the Storm fall to 1-1 with a win over Onate and a loss to La Cueva.
The Bears will make the trip down to Las Cruces next Friday, 9/8, to face Centennial.
In between the first and second halves of the game, the student body crowned their homecoming king and queen, with Bears defensive end Ryan McClain named king, and Student Body Vice President Lexi Keller being named queen.