By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
With last night’s win, the Rattlers can go into district play with confidence and optimism.
The Tucumcari Rattlers dominated on both sides of the ball and blanked the Dexter Demons 30-0 Friday night.
“We played hard and well,” Tucumcari coach Dub Smith said. “Dexter is a real good football team. We maintained control of the football. I feel we dominated the line of scrimmage. We are looking forward to district play.”
The Rattlers offense gained over 300 total yards in the game. Fullback Brian Lopez had two touchdowns and rushed for 120 yards, running back Daniel Kampfer had two touchdowns and rushed for 97 yards, running back Andre DeBord rushed for 103 yards and kicker Anas Badshah drilled a 27-yard field goal in the rout.
Kampfer said, “Our offense was able to run their plays a lot smoother and our defense held strong. We have been getting better and we are going to continue playing hard.”
The Rattlers scored in six plays off their first quarter possession with a 4-yard run by Kampfer taking an early 7-0 lead. A 27-yard field goal by Badshah in the opening seconds of the second quarter made it 10-0.
A touchdown run by Lopez on 3rd and goal extended the Rattlers lead to 17-0 at the half. The Rattlers scored early in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard rushing touchdown by Kampfer and added a 15-yard rushing score by Lopez in the closing minutes of the game.
The Rattler defense held the Demons to 14 first downs throughout the game. Rattlers’ defensive end Wesley Martinez had a sack for a loss of 20 yards, an interception and a late fumble recovery to keep the Demons off the scoreboard.
“The team is looking forward to playing Mora next week,” Smith said. “Each team starts district play with a record of 0-0 and I feel the momentum from this game will carry on into the next. We will be taking on district — one game at a time.”
The Rattlers open district at home, 7 p.m. Friday against Mora.