Rattlers to play Albuquerque

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The Tucumcari Rattlers will travel this weekend to Albuquerque to play the Albuquerque Academy’s Chargers.

The 2A Rattlers will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday against the 3A Chargers at the Richard Harper field in Albuquerque.

The Rattlers go into Saturday’s game 0 -3 after a loss to the Estancia Bears in overtime on Sept. 9.

Coach Dub Smith said, “Albuquerque Academy is a real good ball club. They have a lot of speed and are comparable to St. Michael’s of Santa Fe and Capital. Our young men are going to step up. They are going to play hard and take it up a notch.”

Smith added “ Once our injured players get back we are going to have a great ball club. These games we have been playing have been preparing us for the next level which is district games and playoffs.

The Chargers come into the match-up 1-1 after a loss to Piedra Vista’s Panthers of Farmington on Sept. 9

Chargers Coach Kevin Carroll said, “ We know that Tucumcari is a good team. They are getting better every week. We are focus on blocking and tackling in this upcoming game and also keep an eye out for number 13 (Brian Lopez).”

Players To watch:

Tucumcari Rattlers
Brian Lopez #13 (Fullback) 100+ yards Rushing last week.

Albuquerque Academy
Victor Gutierrez #3 (Halfback) 52-yard touchdown pass, eight carries for 68-

Upcoming Games
The Junior high Next game will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday against West Las Vegas at Tucumcari.

The Junior Varsity next game will be 11 a.m. on Sept. 23 against Robertson at Las Vegas.