By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
After a close loss to Class 3A Portales, the Tucumcari Rattlers will face the Dexter Demons, a 2A school, on Friday night.
Until now, the Rattler’s tough schedule has pitted them against larger 3 and 4A schools.
Coach Dub S
mith said, “We’ve played against a lot of larger schools. The last three weeks the team has stepped up and we have showed great improvements.”
The Demons go into Friday night’s game 4-2 after a loss to Santa Rosa on Friday night and the Rattlers are 1-5 after a loss to the Portales Rams on Friday.
Demons Coach Tim Fuller said, “We are real excited to play them. They will be one of the largest teams we have played all year. Their record is 1-5 but we know they have improved with every week and it’s going to be a tough game.
“Coach Smith always does a good job of getting his team ready to play and we know when they come to Dexter they will be fired up. We have had some injuries this season. Our quarterback Troy Madsen has a sprained ankle and will not play Friday and our half back Sonny Duran was injured against Santa Rosa.”
Dexter will start sophomore Timothy Regalado at quarterback on Friday and hopes to have Madsen back in time for district competition, said Fuller.
Rattlers assistant coach Wayne Ferguson said, “The Demons are going to be a defensive challenge. They like to run multiple-set offense and we are going to have to stop their speed.”
During Friday night’s 6-7 loss to the Portales Rams, the Rattlers defense held strong with a pair of key interceptions.
Brian Lopez had a pick to stop a Portales drive near the end of the first half, and an interception by junior Wesley Martinez led to a Rattler offensive drive finished off by a Lopez touchdown run.
Smith said, “ We just need to keep up the tempo and come out of Dexter with a win. The team is really excited and pumped up. We have many of our injured players returning and the team is healthy.”
Following Dexter, their next match-up will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 against Mora at Tucumcari.