By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
The Tucumcari Rattlers won their first district game on Friday against Mora 68-0.
The Rattlers offense scored 38 unanswered points in the first quarter. Mora’s
offense gained only one first down throughout the game. The Rattlers’ junior varsity players took over after the varsity squad took a 38-0 lead.
The underclassmen gained some experience and the starting line-up had time to rest in preparation for Texico next week.
“I have a lot of respect for Mora,” Tucumcari senior Josh Boulard said. “They continued to play hard even though they were down. We can learn a lot from them. Even if you are down, you keep going out there and you keep playing.”
The Mora Rangers came into Friday night’s game after a rollercoaster week. On Monday they were not certain if they had a coach or if the team would be able to play out the season. The team’s head coach George Martinez resigned on Monday.
Later that day, assistant coach Daniel Enriquez was appointed as interim coach.
The Rattlers said they were impressed with Mora’s attitude during the blowout.
“The kids and coach have a lot of heart to continue to play so hard while being down so much,” said Rattlers assistant coach John Span. “They didn’t give up. For them to come down here and play after a having a tough week with their coach leaving, (it) took a lot of heart.”
Friday night’s game was the Rattlers’ final home game of the regular season.
The Diamond Back Booster Club conducted their traditional Senior-Parents Day ceremony. Before the game the parents of the seniors playing in winter sports were honored by their sons or daughters for their support and help throughout the season. The parents were presented with a Rattler scrapbook and a rose.
During halftime, the junior high football team was introduced and congratulated for its 7-0 season.
Tucumcari’s next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Texico.