Texico defeats Rattlers

Eric Butler

TEXICO — While Tucumcari may be thinking of gradual improvement culminating in the Class 2A playoffs, Class 1A Texico looked like a well-oiled machine ready for the postseason now as the two squads met Friday.

The result — a 48-7 Wolverine win.
“The last two years, we just haven’t played very well against Texico. I don’t know what it is,” said Tucumcari coach Dub Smith, whose team lost 40-0 at home to the Wolverines a year ago. The Rattlers, down two touchdowns early on following two quick Texico scores gambled by attempting to convert a fourth-and-1 at their own 39 late in the opening period. But a quarterback draw by Chris McCasland was stopped. Five plays later, Texico scored from 4 yards out to give the Wolverines a 20-0 lead. Moments later Texico was up 26-0.

Texico got on the scoreboard one more time. A 78-yard drive ended with a 10-yard touchdown run for a score.
Texico resumed its control of the ballgame in the third quarter by beginning the second half with another TD.
Tucumcari finally got on track with a 64-yard touchdown drive. Eric Holt, who finished with 81 yards rushing, scored from 35 yards out on the opening play of the fourth quarter to make the score 41-7.

“We got a little complacent, but that’s partly Tucumcari, too,” said Texico Coach Mike Prokop. “They didn’t give up, they kept coming.” The Wolverines responded with one more touchdown drive. “We tell our young men that there’s three seasons. You’ve got the preseason — this is preseason,” Smith said. “You don’t like to get beat like that, but it is preseason. Then we have district, that’s another season, and the playoffs. We’re gonna get our head up, because we’ve got a real tough next weekend too.”

Tuc 0 0 0 7 – 7
Tex 14 20 7 7 – 48