By Paul Lyon: QCS staff
The Tucumcari Rattlers remain undefeated after a Friday night trounce over the host Loving Falcons.
Tucumcari won 49-0. The Rattlers are 5-0. Loving is 0-4.
All-state running back Eric Holt led the team as usual, rushing for more than 150 yards by halftime. He finished with 184 yards on the ground.
He scored five touchdowns, including a 21-yard run and a 74-yard pass reception from quarterback Josh Benavidez.
Nathan McDonald also sparkled for the Rattlers. He scored twice, once on a 6-yard run in the first quarter. He also intercepted a pass and bolted 60 yards into the end zone.
Kicker Anas Badshah was true on all seven of his point-after touchdown attempts.
Statistics showed Tucumcari’s dominance: The Rattlers finished with 397 total yards, compared to the Falcons’ 45. Tucumcari managed 16 first downs to five for Loving.
The Rattlers will return home next week to host the Texico Wolverines.
Tucumcari 49, Loving 0
Tucumcari 14 14 21 0 — 49
Loving 0 0 0 0 — 0
First downs 16 5
Rushes/yards 40/293 24/6
Passing yards 104 39
Total yards 397 45
Comp/Att/Int 2/4/0 6/19/3
Penalties/yards 4/45 3/15
Fumbles/lost 4/4 1/1
T: Eric Holt 1 run (Anas Badshah kick)
T: Nathan McDonald 6 run (Badshah kick)
T: Holt 3 run (Badshah kick)
T: Holt 5 run (Badshah kick)
T: Holt 21 run (Badshah kick)
T: Holt 74 pass from Josh Benavidez (Badshah kick)
T: McDonald 60 interception return (Badshah kick)