By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
The 4-6 Tucumcari Rattlers will play the 6-3 Dulce Hawks in the first round of the Class 2A state football playoffs.
The sixth-seeded Rattlers will host the 11th-seeded Hawks at 7 p.m. Friday.
“It’s an advantage to play at home. We don’t have to travel so far and we’ll have the support of a home crowd. We are not taking any team in the playoffs lightly. There is no tomorrow if you lose you are done,” said Wayne Ferguson, assistant coach. “We are taking it one game at a time. We have some injuries but nothing serious. We will continue to practice hard and prepare for each matchup as if it were the state championship match.”
Hawks coach Ron Graham said, “Tucumcari is a very physical team. We have watched film on them and can tell that Brian Lopez is a powerful fullback and tight end Drew White has good speed with great hands. We will practice on tackling and hitting hard in order to contain and contend with the Rattlers.”
With a win Friday night, the Rattlers would play on Nov. 10 or 11 at Capitan against the third-seeded and undefeated Capitan Tigers.
Tucumcari is one of three District 2-2A teams to reach the postseason. Texico earned the No. 8 spot and will host Eunice, while top-seeded Santa Rosa has a first-round bye and will face the Texico-Eunice winner next week. The Rattlers would not face either district opponent unless it was for the Class 2A state title.
For complete seeding and playoff information check the New Mexico Activities Association website at www.nmact.org.