Sopho­more QB Dav­i­son goes off for 6 TDs for Storm


RIO RAN­CHO — In case any­one was won­der­ing, the Cleve­land High School foot­ball team is not a one-trick pony.

Af­ter rid­ing its im­pres­sive rush­ing at­tack to a 6-0 start, the Storm went to the air for Fri­day night’s game against vis­it­ing Cibola. Quar­ter­back Jeff Dav­i­son pro­ceeded to light it up.

The sopho­more com­pleted 13 of 19 passes for 425 yards and six touch­downs as Cleve­land rolled to a 52-15 vic­tory. Star run­ning back Do­rian Lewis had a rel­a­tively quiet night with nine car­ries for 98 yards and one score, though he did have three re­cep­tions for 86 yards and a TD.

Dav­i­son, who did not have six touch­down passes all sea­son prior to Fri­day, smiled when asked about the Storm’s pass­first game plan.

“In my mind this does show peo­ple we can win with the pass,” Dav­i­son said. “All year we’ve been run-heavy, run­heavy. Tonight it was time for us to come out and pass.”

Cleve­land (7-0, 2-0 in Dis­trict 1-6A) didn’t waste any time get­ting started. Dav­i­son com­pleted three passes for 60 yards on the Storm’s first pos­ses­sion, in­clud­ing a 20-yard touch­down pass to Tre Wat­son that made the score 7-0.

Af­ter the Cougars (3-4, 0-2) went three-and-out, Dav­i­son hooked up with Randy Ni­eto on an 83-yard bomb to make it 14-0.

Cibola re­sponded with a 13-play scor­ing drive, capped by Mar­cus Steele’s short touch­down pass to Ja­cob Padilla. But Cleve­land an­swered with its sec­ond straight one-play pos­ses­sion, scor­ing on Dav­i­son’s 64-yard pass to Braedin Ross.

Dav­i­son added two more touch­down strikes be­fore half­time and William Geb­hardt booted a 34-yard field goal. The Storm led 38-7 at half­time and in­voked the 35-point mercy rule early in the third quar­ter.

Dav­i­son’s big night in­cluded three touch­down passes to Wat­son, also a sopho­more, who fin­ished with five catches for 86 yards.

“That goes back to YAFL and years of play­ing to­gether,” Dav­i­son said. “We have good chem­istry to­gether.”

Ni­eto fin­ished with four re­cep­tions for 129 yards. Steele ended up 17-of-23 pass­ing for 122 yards but had lit­tle time to look for re­ceivers down the field.

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