Rattlers rout Colts 55-7

Thomas Garcia

The Tucumcari Rattlers routed New Mexico Military Institute 55-7 Friday night to improve to 2-0.

Senior Leon Vigil scored three times for the Rattlers.

Vigil scored on a 28-yard pass from junior Luke Smith and runs of 9 and 12 yards.

“Go big or don’t go at all that is how we play,” Vigil said. “We want to give 100 percent all the time.”

Sophomore Mark Preciado also had multiple touchdowns during Friday nights game.

Preciado’s first touchdown was a fumble recovery in the end zone following a 40-yard run by Vigil. Vigil was stripped of the ball at the 1. Preciado’s second touchdown was a 2-yard run.

“They were able to stun us in the beginning, but we quickly overcame that,” Rattlers coach Wayne Ferguson said. “Once we started moving the ball, the game went as planned.”

The Colts had four turnovers that led to Rattlers scores. Colts NMMI Randy said the turnovers were a part of his young team’s growing pains.

“They are a young team with not much playing time together,” Montoya said. “It is going to take a while to get them operating as a unit.”

NMMI scored on senior Mario Cuen’s 36-yard run.

“They were able to get us to bite and our linebacker was out of position,” Ferguson said.

Montoya said the Colts will continue to work on fundamentals and learn to work as a team.

“They are going to gain the experience the hard way,” Montoya said. “On the field is the only way any player improves.”

The Rattlers next matchup is Friday against the West Las Vegas Dons. It will also be the Rattlers’ homecoming.

“We need to keep our mind on the game,” Vigil said. “Stick to working hard and playing with all our hearts.”