Here is the Cleveland High football team that was the 2021 state champion. You can bet this year’s players will want to show off rings too. (Photo courtesy)
Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?
#1 vs. #2 for all marbles?
That’s happening at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Nusenda Credit Union Class 6A State Championship Game at Wilson Stadium, where the top-ranked Cleveland Storm (10-2), winner of 32 of their last 34 games, takes on the No. 2 La Cueva Bears (11-11). -1).
It’s the second meeting between Storm and Bears this season and in a championship environment. Cleveland defeated the Bears 33-29 in both teams’ second game of the 2022 season.
All-time, the Storm are 5-5 in games at Wilson Stadium, now home to La Cueva, Sandia, Eldorado and Manzano.
For the seventh straight season, The Storm were in the second half of their 6A semi-finals, beating their 1-6A opponent Volcano Vista 47-27.
Josh Perry crossed the goal line five times, the second time the Storm running back had done so this season against the Hawks (10-3).
The next day, La Cueva secured his ticket to the big game with a 42-35 win over No. 3 Centennial (9-2) at the Field of Dreams.
This will be Cleveland’s sixth championship game appearance and fourth straight for the Storm.
La Cueva, who started against the storm in football for 23 years, is making his seventh league appearance and has won five of his six so far.
Tickets for Saturday’s showdown can only be purchased online through GoFan (https://gofan.co/app/school/NMAA).
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students, seniors 65 and older, and military members.
6A and other division championship games will be available at www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/new-mexico
Cleveland vs. La Cueva (all times)
2011 CLEVELAND 41, La Cueva 13
2012 LA CUEVA 45, Cleveland 21
2013 CLEVELAND 42, La Cueva 20
2016 CLEVELAND 37, La Cueva 37
2017 LA CUEVA 30, Cleveland 7
2017/Semifinals LA CUEVA 37, Cleveland 34 (OT)
2018 Shipping La Cueva 33, CLEVELAND 14
2022 Cleveland 33, LA CUEVA 29
(home team in CAPS)
Cleveland in championship games
2011 STORM 48, MAYFIELD 28
2015 STORM 48, Eldorado 35
2018 La Cueva 33, STORM 14
2019 Storm 48, RIO RANCHO 40
2021 STORM 35, Rio Rancho 14
(home team in CAPS)
La Cueva in league games
1992 La Cueva 35, Roswell 0
2003 La Cueva 24, Mayfield 21
2004 La Cueva 40, Clovis 0
2009 La Cueva 31, Mayfield 14
2017 Manzano 14, La Cueva 7
2018 La Cueva 33, Cleveland 14