The (6-1) Albuquerque Academy Chargers capitalized on turnovers in the first half to defeating the (1-5) Tucumcari Rattlers 55-0 Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
The 3A Chargers 35 yard touchdown rush in the third quarter sealed the victory over the 2A Rattlers due to the New Mexico Activities Association’s mercy rule under which a 50 point lead ends the game.
Five of the Chargers’seven touchdowns in the first half followed turnovers by the Rattlers.
The Chargers are currently ranked fourth among 3A schools in the state.
Three turnovers in the first quarter and two in the second placed the Rattlers in an early hole that they were not able to overcome.
The Rattlers had the first possession of the game and despite a series of successful drives they were unable to advance into the Chargers territory.
In the second quarter the Rattlers drove as deep as the Chargers 1 yard line. The Rattlers efforts to punch the ball in for a score were denied by three goal line stops by the Chargers defense that were capped by a fumble on the three yard line.
On the following Chargers possession, halfback Phillip Romero scored with an 85-yard rush, his third and longest rushing touchdown of the first half.
Romero racked up three touchdowns and 265 yards rushing against the Rattlers.
The Rattlers next game will be their homecoming on Friday against the Texico Wolverines.