By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
The 2A Tucumcari Rattlers head south Friday to play the 3A Chaparral Lobos at Anthony.
Chapparal’s stadium is under renovations, so the game will be played at 7 p.m., at the Gadsden high school in Anthony.
“It’s going to be a long trip down there but I told the team to stay focused,” said Rattlers coach Dub Smith. “We are reminding these young men that we are not going down there to sight see but play football.”
The Lobos go into Friday’s game with a 0-3 record while the Rattlers are 2-1. There have been some injuries for the Lobos but the main hurdle for the season has been inexperience, said Lobos coach Raul Yturralde.
“Our team is made up of freshmen, sophomores and juniors,” said Yturralde. “The team is young and has made some youthful mistakes. But they are learning and gaining experience with every game we play. Our starting quarterback will not play Friday but we hope to have him back in two weeks.”
Smith said the Lobos are formidable despite their youth.
“They run multiple scheme offense and we will have to play good defense,” said Smith. “Their players are not large but they have great speed and they pursue and hustle in every play.”
Coach Yturralde has watched the film of the Rattlers and the team’s size and physical play has caught his eye.
“We have seen the film of the Rattlers and they have some big physical players,” said Yturralde. “We particularly noticed the twins Taylor and Tyler Cordova and their nose guard Michael Martinez. It is going to be a tough game but we are going to line up with them on Friday and do our best.”
“We need to be ready physically and mental,” said Smith. “If our players are not mentally ready then we could make mistakes like fumbles can happen.
In other football action
• The 1A Logan Longhorns (2-1) will host the Dora Coyotes at 4 p.m. Friday.
This will be the second meeting of the teams as they played a pre-season scrimmage in early Sept. Dora is in its first season of football.
“We scrimmaged Dora at the beginning of the year and they have some fast kids,” said Longhorns coach Billy Burns. “Dora’s football program is in its first year and their coach is doing a great job. We are expecting a good game.”
• The 1A San Jon Coyotes (1-1-1) will play at 1p.m. Friday against the 1A Hondo Eagles at San Jon.
This will be the first game of the season for Eagles and that will be a disadvantage said Eagles coach Brandon Devine.
“This is our team’s first game and that will have a definite effect,” said Devine. “Other teams like San Jon Have played two to three games by now and we are lacking that game play experience at this point.”
The extra playing time could be a factor but for San Jon that playing time has yielded some injuries.
“We are trying to stay healthy and have a few injuries on the team,” said Coyotes coach Waymond Ragland. “Hondo is going to be a tough game they run trips and splits on offense and that makes them more of a challenge.”
• The House Cowboys will play at 4 p.m., against the Roy Longhorns at Roy.
Upcoming volleyball action
• The Lady Rattlers will play at 4:30 p.m., Thursday against the San Jon Lady Coyotes at Tumcumcari.
• The Logan Lady Longhorns will play at 4 p.m. Thursday against the Fort Sumner Vixens at Fort Sumner.
• The House Cowgirls will play at 5 p.m., Friday against the Elida Tigers at House.