By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
The Tucumcari Rattlers (1-1) used the past bye-week to rest and heal from injuries, though the recent rainfall hurt them by limiting their practice time in preparation to play the Dexter Demons (2-1) on Friday.
“The time off gave some of our players the time they needed to get over some nagging injuries, though the rain kept us off the field for a majority of the bye-week,” Rattlers coach Wayne Ferguson said.
Ferguson said the team and coaches have watched the film on the Demons and Friday’s game will be a challenge for the Rattlers.
Ferguson said the Demons have a lot of seniors on their roster, which means they will have experience on their side. He said the players have also shown skill on both sides of the ball and in special teams.
“Two keys to Friday’s game will be matching the Demons’ speed and their defense’s aggressive style of play,” Ferguson said.
The Demons won their last match 20-14 against Hagerman.
7 p.m. Friday, Rattler Stadium
The Logan Longhorn’s are coming off a 60-0 routing of the Alamo Navajo Cougars that was ended at halftime due to New Mexico Activity Association’s mercy rule.
The mercy rule stops a game at half-time if one team is leading by 50 points. The battered Cougars started the game missing five starters and only had 11 players suit up for the game.
“They played with heart and didn’t give up. You have to admire them for that,” Logan coach Kene Terry said.
Terry said after the team was leading by three scores in the first quarter, he began to rotate in some of his younger players to give them field time. He said it was also a way for them to show good sportsmanship while still competing during the game.
“There was no reason to run up the score,” Terry said.
Terry said the Longhorns would be traveling to Melrose this week to play a former district opponent. He said they have not seen any film on the Buffaloes yet, though he has heard since joining with Clovis Christian this year they have some big, physical players.
In their past three games the Buffaloes have scored 180 points while keeping their opponents off the scoreboard in each engagement.
Terry said the Longhorns would have to find a way to play their game and overcome the Buffaloes defense.
7 p.m. Friday, at Melrose
The San Jon Coyotes (1=2) routed the Longhorns 74-12 Friday at Roy.
The Coyotes will be on the road this weekend traveling to Carrizozo on Saturday where they will face the 4-0 Animas Panthers.
Coyotes head coach Bobby Gomez could not be reached for comment.
2 p.m. Saturday. at Carrizozo