Rattlers to play Falcons at homecoming

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Quay County Sunup against the 2A Loving Falcons at 7 p.m. on Friday at

“I’m excited and ready to play. It’s homecoming and we are going to win,”
said freshman Jon Gonzales.

The Rattlers go into Friday night’s game 0-4 after a loss to Albuquerque
Academy on Sept.16, but Falcons coach Jamie Ramirez said the Rattler
record is deceiving.

“Tucumcari is a big and physical team,” Ramirez said. “Their record is not
indicative of who they are. They have been playing a lot of tough schools
and have had some injuries but we know they are getting better.”
Rattler coach Dub Smith knows the Falcons are a challenge as well.
“We are excited to play against Loving this Friday,” Smith said. “The
Falcons have a good quarterback. We are going to work on containing him
and keeping his passing options closed.

“It’s going to be a great homecoming game for people to come out and to
support and watch the team.”

Assistant coach John Span said, “We have to be ready to play. We’ve
stressed to the team that our schedule is tough this year. But we are
improving and building on skills with every game.”

Senior Matt Garcia said, “I feel we are going to do good. Our younger
players are stepping up and holding it down. We are going to contend in
district. “

The Falcons are 2-2 after a 0-27 loss to Jal on Sept. 15.

Homecomng Schedule
The Rattlers lost their fourth game of the season to Albuquerque Academy
Chargers on Sept. 16.
The Chargers scored four times in the first half and never looked back.
“Our guys stepped it up in the second half,” Span said. “But we need to
play consistent throughout the entire game – not just a half of it.”
The Rattlers held the Chargers to only one score in the second half of the
“We played a good team last week,” Smith said. “We made a lot of
improvements during the game and finished strong. We’ve had a tough
schedule and these games are preparing us for district play.”
Chargers’ coach Kevin Carroll echoed Smith’s sentiments. “Tucumcari has
been improving every week,” Carroll said. “They were very physical during
Saturday’s game. I feel that by the time district rolls around, and
Tucumcari has their injured players back ,they are going to be a real
threat to contend with.”

Homecoming schedule
6:30 p.m. Hot dogs
7 p.m. Bonfire
Vacant lot on 11th Street, south of Mesalands Community College.
Hosted by the Diamondback Booster Club.

10 a.m. Parade and Pep Rally. Parade route: Starts at Tucumcari High
School and follows north on Seventh Street to Hines, east on Hines to
Second Street, north on Second Street to Center Street ending in the
parking lot across from Odeon Theater where there will be a pep rally.
All are invited to cheer on the parade and participate in the pep rally.
Hosted by student groups and clubs.
6:30 p.m. Coronation of Homecoming Queen.
7 p.m. Football game (Tucumcari vs. Loving)
9 p.m. Rattler Pride Homecoming Dance