Rattlers kick off Aug. 27

By QCS staff

In prepartation of their season’s opening game Saturday in Mora, the Tucumcari Rattlers scrimaged in their purple versus gold glory.

Head couch Couch Dub Smith said the scrimage, held Aug. 12, has been a tradition for the past five years. Not only does it wrap up the two-a-days in a, shall we say, purple and gold ribbon, it gives coaches the chance to assess all players, most importantly incoming freshman.

“The freshman can be backup for older players who get injured,” said Smith. One of Smith’s favorite aspects of coaching, he said, is watching the freshmen develop over the years, “Not only as players but as fine young men,” Smith said.

This longtime Rattler coach said he was also pleased by the turnout in the two-a-days, which usually amass 30-35 players but this year snagged an avearge of 50.

“This has been the best season turnout yet,” he said.
Smith said each season, which offers a brand new slate to punt the Rattlers to a championship, never makes him nervous.

Instead, Smith said, “I get excited.”