Rattlers get tested at Taos

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The Rattlers found themselves pulling double duty at a scrimmage in Taos Friday night.

The Rattlers JV and varsity teams were scheduled to play just Taos but Raton joined the scrimmage when its team didn’t have a preseason scrimmage scheduled, said head coach Dub Smith.

In their second scrimmage of the season. “The team played well, the kids hit hard and really got after it,” said Smith in a telephone interview after the scrimmage. “The offense and defense had a great night.”

There are no official records kept during a scrimmage just how many times a team scores on one another.

The Rattler varsity team beat Taos with two scores to one and held Raton scoreless with a two to nothing victory. The defense gave up no scores during both scrimmages. Taos’ only score came from an offensive fumble, Smith said.
The Rattlers ran about 50 plays both offensively and defensively, he said.

“We’re going to get better on both sides of the ball,” said Smith. “We’ve got a tough season ahead of us and these scrimmages are helping us to get ready.”

After Friday night’s scrimmage the Rattlers were in high spirits and looking forward to their first game on Aug. 25 against St. Mikes of Santa Fe in Tucumcari at 7 p.m.
Smith added, “Our team philosophy is: If we play hard football, good things will happen.”