Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rams Slam Cibola in 26-14 Win.

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

Team Guaranteed Spot in Playoffs

The times, they are a changin'. And perhaps they've already changed.

The Rio Rancho Rams football program, which collected just six wins in its first three years, continued with its quantum leap of progress in a groundbreaking 26-14 victory over visiting Cibola on Friday night.

No matter what happens when Rio Rancho plays Valley on Thursday night, the Rams are guaranteed of a playoff berth and they now control Cibola's fate, too.

In a matchup between the undefeated leaders in District 1AAAAA, the Rams rode a solid defense, an immovable offensive line and the right arm of senior quarterback Brian Philipbar into the postseason.

"We went from last year being whatever we were and this year we matured, like a good football program should," said Philipbar. …

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