By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
Quay County school football teams are preparing for their second week of action.
All games are at home and teams are looking to strengthen the areas needing improvement that showed during their season openers on the road.
“We are a young team, though we need to be able to play all four quarters,” said Wayne Ferguson, Tucumcari Rattlers head coach.
The Rattlers will host Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute Colts for their first home game at 7 p.m., Friday at Rattler Stadium.
Ferguson said the team’s youth is a factor, though the players have been working hard and are ready to step up against the 0-1 Colts, who are reeling from a 55-7 loss to the Bears at Hatch Valley.
The Rattlers also enter Friday’s contest 0-1 after a 35-21 loss on Aug. 30 to the Raton Tigers.
Ferguson said the team played a good first half of football, though mistakes in the second half would cost them. He said the defense needs to work on wrapping up when tackling and be focused during the game to limit mistakes.
Ferguson said one of the teams defensive starters Saul Moriel is listed as day to day since their pre-season scrimmage with Robertson on Aug. 23. He said Moriel suffered a high arch sprain in his foot which limited his effectiveness during Friday’s game with the Tigers.
“We are cautiously working with Moriel to make sure he can heal properly,” Ferguson said.
Game time will be 7 p.m., Friday at Tucumcari.
The 1-0 Logan Longhorn’s 8-man football team will be looking to carry the momentum from their 48-7 routing of the Tatum Coyotes.
For their first home game, the Longhorns will host the 1-0 Carrizozo Grizzlies who defeated the Foothill Falcons 40-31 in their season opener.
“The Grizzlies have some speed, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of their kids are varsity track stars,” said Kene Terry, Longhorns head coach.
Terry said Grizzlies running back Lawry Johnson, who had 13 carries for 130 yards against the Falcons, will be one of the players they will be watching. He said the team appears to be very athletic and Friday’s game is going to be a good test for the Longhorns.
“I know we can play with them and run the game at their tempo,” Terry said. “The key will be to maintain ball control and make them play our game.”
Terry said the Longhorns did a great job of executing the plays on offense and recognizing the calls on defense in their first week of action. He said the team had some hiccups on offense, which he plans to address during the week in practice.
“The team needs to run their plays tighter, with less room or error,” Terry said. “The guys are doing outstanding for the first week. I just think they could be a bit crisper when running the plays.”
Terry said on defense, he wants to work on getting to the ball faster and limiting the options for the other team.
Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at Logan.
The 0-1 San Jon Coyotes will be looking to bounce back from a 48-38 loss in their season opener to the Eagles at Vaughn.
The Coyotes will host the 1-0 Hondo Eagles, who upset the Dora Coyotes 60-26 in their season debut.
Game time is 4 p.m. Friday at San Jon.