Storm defense comes up big

Dorian Lewis didn’t seem too impressed when told he’d rushed for close to 400 yards and scored five touchdowns for his new team, the victorious No. 1 Cleveland Storm, who’d just defeated second-ranked Eldorado 42-28 Thursday evening at Wilson Stadium.

This is the kind of kid coaches long for: humble, soft-spoken, and all about the team concept. Sure, crossing the goal line five times is a plus; Lewis, who previously played at Andress High in El Paso, “only” scored four TDs in the Storm’s previous victory after two in the opener.

Cleveland (3-0) never trailed in the game, in which kickoff was delayed by 35 minutes because of lightning in the area. Lewis scored on his team’s first play from scrimmage, a 35-yard run, and added TDs in each of the other three quarters: a 17-yard run in the second period, a 6-yard run in the third quarter, and touchdown runs of 10 yards and 1 yard in the fourth period.

“I’m not worried about me, it’s all the team thing,” Lewis said. “I couldn’t do this without my (offensive) line at all, man. They grind with me. I wouldn’t care about the yards – if my team could keep going down and dirty, then I can, too.”

Unofficially, he had 384 yards on 34 carries, often looking like the great Barry Sanders the way he zigged and zagged through the Eagles’ defense. Randy Nieto helped give the Storm a 14-0 lead when took a toss from QB Jeff Davison in the backfield and went 41 yards to paydirt with 8:05 left in the opening quarter.

The Storm defense converted a Gabe Smith fumble into their second TD; an interception by Trey Ortega curtailed an Eagles scoring drive with 5:14 left in the opening quarter. The Storm D also stopped the Eagles from converting all three of their fourth-down plays.

On special teams, Luke Wysong had the biggest play, recovering a muffed punt but Davison on the EHS 16 – four plays later, Lewis was in the end zone for the game’s final score and a comfortable two-TD lead.

If there were any drawbacks to the Storm’s victory, it was an apparent ACL injury incurred in the first half to senior linebacker O’ryin Guhrke and nine penalties, resulting in 92 yards.

Cleveland heads back down I-25 Friday to face Mayfield (2-1)  at the Field of Dreams on Saturday at 1 p.m..

... The annual Stormcoming game is Sept. 21 vs. last year’s 5A champion, Artesia. Kickoff is at 7.