Rattlers to face 0-5 Mora

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

If trends hold true this week, the Tucumcari Rattlers should have no problems in their final home football game of the regular season.

Tucumcari (2-5) opens district play Friday night when it hosts the Mora Rangers, mired in an 0-5 season with their second coach of the year.

The Rattlers are hoping to honor their seniors in their home finale and give extra time to those playing below them.

“We will play a lot of the younger kids,” assistant coach Wayne Ferguson said, “giving them some experience on the field and giving the starters and injured some time to rest.”

The Rattlers will also honor the parents of seniors participating in winter sports at 6:30 p.m. at Rattler Stadium before Friday’s game.

The Rattlers are coming off of a 30-0 win over the Dexter Demons on Friday. Where the offense gained more than 300 yards and defense held the Demons to limited first downs.

“This will be a great tune-up game for us to prepare for Texico,” Rattlers coach Dub Smith said. “A lot of players will see time on the field this Friday.”

The Mora Rangers go into the game missing head coach George Martinez. Martinez submitted a letter of resignation earlier this week. The Rangers’ interim head coach will be assistant coach Daniel Enriquez.

Manuel Romero, Mora High schools athletic director, said, “Enriquez does not work directly with Mora Schools but will be the interim football coach.”