Rattlers aim to win on their home turf

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The 4-1 Tucumcari Rattlers will play at 7 p.m., Friday against the 0-5 Portales Rams at Rattler Stadium.

The 2A Rattlers go into Friday’s game after crushing Loving 48-0. Forty-two of the 48 points were scored in the first half of the game by the Rattlers. Rattlers sophomore Lucas Benavidez carried the ball 10 times for 190 yards and three touchdown runs in the game and senior Andrez Apodaca made one interception and returned it for a touchdown.

“We had a great game Friday night,” said Rattlers coach Dub Smith. “Our young men played good football and now we are starting a stretch of home games. The coaching staff has done a great job with these players. All of the coaches work hard in getting the team ready for an upcoming game.”

The 3A Rams’ record is 0-5 after a 35-0 loss to the Goddard Rockets Friday night.

Despite the teams 0-5 record the Rams should not be taken lightly, said Smith.

“The Rams are a much better team then their record reflects,” said Smith. “They have been playing a tough schedule and have even played a great Texas football team. Their quarterback is a returning starter and we know he is capable of making some great plays. The team is excited about this great matchup.”

The Rams will be missing two of their starting players. Juniors Cody Creek and Brandon McAfee are out for the remainder of the season with knee injuries.

“We are still searching for our first win,” said Rams coach Andy Correll. “Tucumcari is a great football program. Going up to Tucumcari will be another test for us. We have had some injuries and our younger players have been stepping up to fill in.

“The experience from the past two games should help them improve and prepare for a good game with Tucumcari.”

The Rattlers also have injured players. Seniors Ryan Fought, David Atwood, D.J. Martinez and Justin Alvarez are listed as questionable for Friday. Smith is leaning towards having them sit out.

“We want our boys to recover fully before they get back on the field,” said Smith. “The last thing we want is for one of these young men to injure themselves.“

Upcoming games
In 8-man action, the 3-2 Logan Longhorns will play at noon, Saturday against the 2-3 Magdalena Steers at Logan.
The Steers up-ended the Clovis Christian Eagles 66-28 on Friday.

In their game against the Eagles, Steers quarterback K.C. Armstrong had three rushing touchdowns and threw for another.
The Longhorns know that Armstrong is an offensive weapon that they will have to contain.

“We are going to concentrate on containing K.C. Armstrong,” said Longhorns coach Billy Burns. “We know that when Magdalena runs. he (Armstrong) could be carrying the ball and if they drop back to pass he will be passing it. We are working on improving the little things like blocking and tackling.”

6-man football
l The House Cowboys won their first game on Friday, 64-7 against the Vaughn Eagles at Vaughn.

With a 1-2-1 record, the Cowboys will play at 4 p.m. Thursday against the New Mexico School for the Deaf at House.

l The 0-3-1 San Jon Coyotes will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against the Lake Arthur Panthers at San Jon.