The Cleveland Storm used two big plays in the second half of there game against Las Cruces Onate so break a halftime tie and secure a 24-14 victor in the 2016 high school football season opener for both teams.
And both involved tight end Adam Cook., a 6-4, 225 pound senior.
The first sequence of photos below shows Adam Cook's xx-yard pass reception. His catch and run set up a 27-yard field goal by Jacob Esquibel that gave Cleveland the lead for good.
Cleveland quarterback Anthony Trujillo hung in the pock and got off his pass toward Cook, but it appeared momentarily that it might be intercepted. Mayfield defense back Monroe Young broke on the ball and had his hands on it, but Cook snatched it away, turned around and had nothing but open sideline ahead of him.
Thought the big tight end was eventually tackled short of the goal line, and the Cleveland drive stalled, the Storm still stayed close enough for the chip-shot field goal.
The second big play came midway through the fourth quarter. With the Storm still ahead 17-14 in a tight defensive struggle, Cook got behind Onate defensive back Jamie Villela near the goal line.
When the ball was underthrown, Villela, who is only 5-9 and 140 pounds, got in the way and prevented Cook from making the play on the ball. The penalty gave the Storm a first and goal just inside the 10 yard line, and Cleveland scored a touchdown three plays later to stretch the lead to 10 points.
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