By Paul Lyon: QCS
Another intense start, another easy win. The Tucumcari Rattlers are 3-0 after Friday’s 57-6 blasting of Estancia at Rattler Stadium.
The Rattlers, who’ve outscored their opponents 180-12 this year, were up 49-0 at halftime and were never challenged.
An ecstatic coach Dub Smith was quick to give praise after the game.
“We won tonight because we always do our best to come to games prepared. Our goal to be number one in AA is getting closer.”
Smith said the Rattlers’ fans helped the effort. “It’s great how many people showed up. We want our stands filled with fans,” Smith said.
All-state running back Eric Holt once again led the Rattlers’ attack as the offense managed 425 total yards to 103 for Estancia.
Linebacker and guard Brain Lopez was in agreement with coach Smith, saying the Rattlers’ defense was great.
“They played with a lot of intensity tonight. It was great to see. Our plays were executed nicely … better than last Friday, I felt. We’re so intense when the game starts. We just score early and ride it for the rest of the game.”
Another bonus to the game was the celebration of Rattler alumni during halftime. Dozens of players spanning decades came down to the 50-yard line to tell the crowd what years they played for Tucumcari, and what position they played. Cheers were heard all around for the past players; they themselves came to cheer on the new ones.
“I’m very pleased with all the alumni showing up. We’re proud we could give them a victory and let them know Tucumcari is still a great football team,” Smith said.
The Rattlers’ must now prepare for their first big test of the season: They travel to Raton on Friday for a scrape with the unbeaten Tigers.
Smith said he wants all the fans to drive up to see the game. “Expect a great game on Friday. Things are going to get interesting now. You think tonight was good, Tucumcari versus Raton will be a knockdown, drag-out fight. We’ll be ready.”
Tucumcari 57, Estancia 6
Estancia 0 0 0 6 — 6
Tucumcari 21 28 8 0 — 57
First downs 8 16
Rushes/yards 32-103 43-373
Passing yards 14 52
Total yards 117 425
Comp/Att/Int 1-5-1 1-2-0
Penalties/yards 1-5 5-30
Fumbles/lost 4-2 0-0