At Lightning Bolt stadium in Rio Rancho, the “host” Rams were outscored by Hobbs 17-7 in the second half and lost their Homecoming game, which really wasn’t played at home, by a score of 24-21.
Because of a power outage on the Rio Rancho High School campus, the game was played at Cleveland High School as the Storm were playing in Artesia.
Rams fans sat on the eastside bleachers, even though their team was the home team.
Hobbs (2-3) was trying to win its first game on the City of Vision — at either stadium — since November 2009, and was winless in four contests at Cleveland. Rio Rancho had been winless at its city and district foe’s field since November 2014.
Someone had to end an ugly streak.
The No. 8 (MaxPreps) Rams (3-2) struck first with an 11-play, 62-yard drive capped by a 17-yard strike from Noah Nelson to Jace Pitt.
No. 9 Hobbs tied it on the next possession, a seven-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard TD pass from Owen Callaway to Jeremiah Jaquez.
The Rams’ next possession ended in the red zone after a Nelson fumble.
On the second Eagles’ possession after that, Jayden Maxfield intercepted an errant Callaway pass, and three plays later, with three possible receivers sent out wide to the right, Nelson went that way and ripped off a 54-yard TD run.
Down 14-7 late in the first half, Hobbs had the ball on the Rams’ 4, but back-to-back 5-yard penalties led to an incomplete pass in the end zone on fourth down.
Hobbs tied the game on its third play of the second half, as Callaway spotted D’Shawn Franklin all alone on the Rams’ 40, turning it into a 61-yard TD pass.
Kicker Braddock Beaty gave Hobbs the lead for the first time on a 31-yard field goal with 1:33 left in the third quarter, and that’s the score when the final period began, right after Nelson was intercepted at the Eagles’ 5 by Javen Hernandez.
Fourteen plays later, Saul Armendariz ran the ball in from 14 yards out and after Beaty’s PAT, the Eagles had a comfortable 24-14 lead with 6:49 to play.
The Rams made it interesting when Nelson threw a pass to Anthony Raymer, who zig-zagged his way through some Eagles and into the end zone.
The Rams recovered the ensuing onside kick but went four and out.
Hobbs converted a key fourth-down play on a run by Armendariz, and Callaway completed a pass on another fourth-down play and the Eagles ran out the clock.