By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
The Tucumcari Rattlers look to meet adversity head on as they prepare to travel to Albuquerque to play the (5-1) Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
Setting at a 1-4 mark, the Rattlers are fully aware that their season is not going to get any easier as October plays out.
Friday’s 35-6 loss to the Eunice Cardinals is something the team will need to learn from and put behind them, said Rattlers coach Wayne Ferguson.
Ferguson said the Chargers are the last non-conference team the Rattlers will face before they begin district play in a district that includes the three-time defending 2A state champion Santa Rosa Lions.
The Chargers, coached by Kevin Carroll, have only one loss this season, which was to the (6-0) Lions earlier in September.
Ferguson said the Chargers run a hybrid version of the single wing that its different from that used by Lions. He said the team has to put last week behind them and focus on being ready to step up on defense and slow the Chargers offense.
The Chargers defense has limited their opponents score to under 14 points since mid-September. Ferguson said the Rattlers’ offense needs to make the right reads on the field and take advantage of the openings.
Game time 2 p.m. Saturday in Albuquerque
The Logan Longhorns (4-1) will be looking for a way to shut down the high-speed offense of the Gateway Christian Warriors (5-0) Friday night at Logan.
“They have a lot of speed and it’s not just the tempo at which they play. Each of their players, including the quarterback, is fast on the field,” said Kene Terry, Longhorns head coach.
Terry said the defense needs to keep the Warriors from breaking loose to the outside. He said the key to their game plan would be to limiting the Warriors scoring opportunities.
“It’s not going to be as easy as it sounds,” Terry said. “They have a high-powered offense, one that has scored at least 50 points in their last four games.”
The Longhorns have also proven their ability to score this season. Three times the Longhorns have beaten opponents by more than 40 points. Their most recent win was a 54-0 routing of the Mountainair Mustangs.
Terry said the Mustangs had speed as well though the Longhorns were ready to counter that when they got on the field. He said the guys are always working on being game ready. They focus during the games and give 100 percent effort in practice to be sure they are ready for the next challenge.
Game time: 7 p.m., Friday at Logan
The (4-2) San Jon Coyotes have a bye week.
The Coyotes enter their bye week following a 26-19 win over the Floyd Broncos.