By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
This weekend two Quay County football teams are hoping to pick up fourth wins and another is looking for its second.
The Tucumcari Rattlers want to chalk up another win against the Loving Falcons before they begin what they call the heart of their season with five home games.
The Rattlers play at 7 p.m. Friday against the Loving Falcons at Loving.
The Rattlers are 3-1 for the season and are looking to advance to 4-1 by correcting the mistakes they made during their 14-0 win against the Chaparral Lobos Friday night, said Rattlers coach Dub Smith.
“The mistakes we made in Chaparral are all correctable and we will be working on fixing them all week during practice, “ said Smith.
The athletic abilities of Falcons quarterback senior Frank Alan Ornelas has caught the eye of Smith and the Rattlers defense.
“The Falcons quarterback will be the best quarterback we have faced since our game with Espanola,” said Smith. “We are going to apply pressure to the quarterback and work on containing him. He is the type of player that can pick you apart in the air — or (by) keeping the ball and running if you don’t maintain pressure on him.”
Coming up are five home games with good football teams Smith said will help prepare the team for district competition “We look forward to playing in front of a home crowd and having the community come out and support their Tucumcari Rattlers,” Smith said.
In eight-man action the Logan Longhorns will play at 7 p.m. Friday against the Valley Christian Lions at Roswell.
The Longhorns go into Friday’s game with a 3-1 record after beating the Dora Coyotes 46-30 last Friday at Logan.
The Lions offense has many weapons and their defensive line has some big yet quick players, said Longhorns Coach Billy Burns.
“After watching some of the Lions game film our defense has been working on adjusting to how their offense works,” said Burns. “They have a balanced attack in the air and ground and their defense has good speed and some big players. We are looking forward to a great football game Friday night.”
San Jon Coyotes
On the six-man front, the San Jon Coyotes will play at 2 p.m. Friday against the Hondo Valley Eagles at Hondo.
The Coyotes are coming off of a 45-0 loss to the Eagles last week and will be looking to even the score. Earlier in the week, Coyotes coach Waymond Ragland said “that playing the Eagles again so soon will be an advantage to the team.”
The Coyotes are 1-2-1 for the season.