The Rio Rancho Rams pounded the Cibola Cougars 44-20 in Friday’s 6A state football quarterfinals game at RRHS.

Rio Rancho pulled ahead for good with 23 unanswered points in the second quarter.

Rio Rancho will face La Cueva in the 6A semifinals. La Cueva defeated Volcano Vista 35-21 in another 6A quarterfinals game on Friday.

To read more about Friday’s Rio Rancho-Cibola game, pick up a copy of Sunday’s Observer.

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Rio Rancho’s Cayden Romero (75) and Alejandro Baca (78) meet the referees at midfield for the pregame coin toss on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at RRHS.

Cibola takes the field for the 6A state football quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Rio Rancho High School.

Cibola quarterback Aden Chavez scrambles to the right and goes airborne against Rio Rancho’s Isaiah Padilla (20), Jaylen Paguio (55) and Chris Montoya (1) during the 6A state football quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at RRHS.

Rio Rancho coach Gerry Pannoni looks on during during the 6A state football quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at RRHS.

Rio Rancho’s Marcus Wright tries to grab hold of Cibola’s Branden Castillo during the 6A state football quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at RRHS.

Rio Rancho’s Zach Vigil fights to stay on his feet against Cibola during the 6A state football quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at RRHS.

Rio Rancho’s Zach Vigil looks to pick up extra yards against Cibola’s Nathan Lopez (10) during the 6A state football quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at RRHS.

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Photos by Rio Rancho Observer staff writer Matt Hollinshead.

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