By Steve Hansen
QCS managing editor
Traveling from just south of Roswell Friday night for the Rattler football game, the Dexter Demons brought the band, cheerleaders, a few spectators, a photographer — and a team.
And did they bring a team, beating the Rattlers, 49-0.
The Demons dominated the entire game offensively and defensively, leaving the Rattlers scoreless on Tucumcari’s home turf.
Even after running back Missael Barrientos, who scored the Demons’ first touchdown, rolled off the field in a gurney, the Demons continued to dominate on both sides of the scrimmage line.
Two of the Demons’ scores started with blocked punts, demonstrating the strength of the Dexter defense. One of the kicks was snuffed in the Rattlers’ end zone, scoring a two-point safety for the Demons. The other, late in the game, was blocked on the Rattlers’ one. The Demons scored a touchdown on a push through the middle on the next play.
The Rattlers’ Daniel Lopez recovered a Dexter fumble with 3:43 left in the second quarter, but the Rattlers failed to capitalize on it.
Other significant breaks went to Dexter. The game’s single intercepted pass went to the Demons, and a 20-yard personal foul penalty in the second half went against the Rattlers. Dexter recovered a fumble on its own 25 yard line with about 7 minutes to go in the third.
The Rattlers’ offense was held to 116 yards rushing, while the defense yielded 243 yards rushing and 132 yards passing to the Demons. The offense completed one pass for a six-yard gain out of six attempts.
For the Rattlers, leading rushers were Daniel Lopez, who chalked up 48 yards in 10 carries; Nathan Vargas, who carried 10 times for 36 total yards; and Timmy Skinner, who gained 22 years in 7 carries.
The Rattlers gained six yards passing on a single completed pass.
The Rattlers played well in the second and third quarters, Coach Wayne Ferguson said, but the team needs to learn to play consistent football.
“Dexter showed us where our weaknesses are,” Ferguson said, adding that the team now knows how hard they have to work to achieve success for the rest of the season.
Dexter’s scoring started with 7:45 left in the first quarter when Demons running back Barrientos ran through the Rattler defense to the goal line. The extra point was good.
Israel Gonzales ran the second goal through with 3:48 left in the first, extra point good.
With 37 seconds left in the first quarter, Dexter quarterback Kyle Bonner ran over the goal line, extra point good, leaving the score 21-0.
In the second quarter, the Demons scored its two-point safety on a blocked punt with 5:47 remaining.
The third quarter was barely underway when Dexter’s Kevin Bonner carried a completed pass over the goal line, making the score 29-0. The extra point was good.
There was no score until early in the fourth quarter, when Bonner again scored on a run, making the score 36-0. With 5:46 remaining, Dexter’s Dominic Lomeli scored, extra point good, making the score 43-0.
The final score came after Dexter blocked the Rattlers’ punt on the fourth, with 2:53 remaining in the game, quarterback Dominick Lomeli pushing it over the goal line from the 1 yard line. The extra point was not good, leaving the score at 49-0.