By Greg Price
TEXICO — Texico saw its playoff hopes disappear Friday when Tucumcari senior Anas Badshah kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Rattlers a 15-12 overtime victory.
The come-from-behind win earned the Rattlers a playoff berth and set up a showdown next week with unbeaten Santa Rosa for the District 2-2A title.
“They tried to ice me before the kick, but all I told myself was, ‘I am making this kick,’” Badshah said. “When the ball was snapped I was ready.”
The frustrating loss eliminated Texico (3-5, 0-2 district) from playoff contention.
Senior running back Justin Garrison rushed for a game-high 138 yards for the Wolverines, who moved up to 2A this season.
Texico had a chance to win the game in regulation after driving to the Rattlers’ 4-yard line, but freshman Edgardo Meza’s kick sailed wide right with 35 seconds left.
The Wolverines had the ball first in OT, but fumbled the snap on their first play.
Tucumcari (4-5, 2-0) rushed three times for seven yards before bringing Badshah out for the winning kick.
“It’s kind of been our thing all year long,” Texico coach Mike Prokop said. “We just need to take care of the ball.”
Ethan McDaniel scored from a yard out and Garrison added a 14-yard jaunt late in the first half to give Texico took a 12-0 lead.
Tucumcari tied the game on a 27-yard screen pass from senior quarterback Matt Smith to senior running back Brian Lopez with 5:48 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“We talked to them (the team) at the half, and we felt like we could win the game,” Tucumcari head coach Dub Smith said. “We made some mistakes in the first half that hurt us. We felt like we had a shot at it if could keep our composure.”
Junior tailback D.J. Martinez led Tucumcari with 78 yards rushing.
Tucumcari outgained Texico 284-203.