Rattlers lose to Capital

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Tucumcari dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 14-7 loss to Class 4A Capital Friday night in Tucumcari.

The 4A Jaguars scored in the early minutes of the first quarter with a 55-yard run and with the extra point lead 7-0.

The Rattlers’ defense held the Jaguars on their next possession and forced them to punt on fourth and 6.

Even after Capital recovered a fumble the Rattler defense stopped them on 4 and 3 forcing a turnover on downs.

Late in the second quarter the Rattler defense made its presence felt by rushing the Jaguars quarterback leading to a hurried throw and interception by Daniel Kampfer.

Tucumcari would not score after the interception and the defense would keep Capital from scoring going into the half.

The Rattler defense continued to hold Capital on crucial downs and kept them from scoring opportunities. Several Rattlers had great plays during the third quarter. Brian Lopez caught a pass from Matt Smith leading to a first down and D.J. Martinez had several first down rushes.

The Jaguars maintained possession of the ball the last minutes of the third quarter.

A rush from Capital’s Marshal Marcum early in the final quarter increased the Jaguars’ lead 14-0.

But the Rattlers would fight back and a 30-plus yard pass from Andres Apodoca to Adrian Prieto and a great rush from D.J. Martinez would put the Rattlers deep into Jaguars territory.

With 6:56 left in the fourth quarter Rattler quarterback Matt Smith found open tight end Wesley Martinez for a touch down and put the Rattlers back into the game.

The Rattler defense would continue to hold Capital on third downs forcing them to punt. Despite several first down passes and rushes from the Rattlers’ offense, they could not score and a failed fourth down conversion put the ball in the Jaguars grasp with only 1:26 to play.

Capital would choose to take a knee and run out the clock and came away with the win.

“We could have done better,” junior Casey Rogers said. “We made mistakes and Capital is a good team.”

Junior Martinez said, “It was a tough loss. We played good against a 4A school.”