Rattlers begin district run

Thomas Garcia

The San Jon Coyotes prepare for their third district match up while the Tucumcari Rattlers and Logan Longhorns football teams start their district run.

The 5-2 Rattlers will travel to face the 1-6 Clayton Yellowkackets at 7 p.m., Friday night.

“They are a good sized team who have played a brutal schedule,” said Rattlers head coach Wayne Ferguson.

Ferguson said the Yellowjackets have played tough teams including Roosevelt High School in Lubbock, Canadian High School in Canadian, Texas, and Ulysses High School in Ulysses, Kan.

“We are going to have to be ready to play our game come Friday night,” Ferguson said. “The Yellowjackets are going to be ready to play and so will we.”

Ferguson said as district plays begin the Rattlers know not to look past any team.

The 2-5 Longhorns will take on the 2-4 Foothill Falcons at 2 p.m. at Albuquerque.

“The teams offense has started clicking these past two games,” said Longhorns head coach Kene Terry.

Terry said the pass and running game has picked up allowing the team to win via the 50 point mercy rule.

“Not to take anything away from Reserve or Floyd, but our team was able to control the game,” Terry said.

Terry said the two wins will help the team’s spirits as they enter in to district play.

“We are ready to play our game,” Terry said.

The 3-2 Coyotes will host the 6-0 Clovis Christian Eagles Friday at 3 p.m. at San Jon.

“Our schedule has been tough, so it’s no surprise we start district against the no. 1 team in the state,” said Coyotes head coach Steve Foust.

Foust said the team has been playing well on offense though defense has been a learn as you go process.

“We don’t have an opportunity to truly practice defense,” Foust said. “We made some penalties and mistakes against Roy that hurt us.”

Foust said the team will work on correcting the mental mistakes.

“In a district game mistakes can be the difference between a win and loss,” Foust said.