By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
The (1-6) (0-1) Tucumcari Rattlers will make the trip to Estancia on Friday to play the (4-4) (0-2) Bears in one of two-road games left in the regular season.
“The Bears have big and physical players and are a run-heavy team,” said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head coach.
Ferguson said the Rattlers will have to contain the Bears running back and limit his lanes to the outside while closing the gaps at the line of scrimmage. He said the Bears run an offense similar to the Rattlers’ own, and it will be a challenge Friday night to stunt the Bears’ run game.
Ferguson said the team needs two more wins, including a victory at Estancia, to be assured of a berth in the 2A state football playoffs.
“We are going to continue playing with heart and focus on the team before us,” Ferguson said.
Following Friday’s game the Rattlers will have two more regular season district match ups, Nov. 1 at the (7-0) (1-0) Clayton Yellow Jackets and Nov. 8 vs. the (8-0) (2-0) Santa Rosa Lions.
Game time 7 p.m. at Estancia
The (5-2) (1-0) Logan Longhorns will be hosting the (1-4) Springer/Maxwell Red Devils Friday for their second district match-up and homecoming.
The Longhorns were ranked second in the state 8-man team standing by the New Mexico Activities Association.
On Friday the Longhorns defeated the Menaul Panthers 56-6 for their first district win.
“We played the Red Devils during a scrimmage, and they are well coached and have a few tricks up their sleeves,” said Kene Terry, Longhorns head coach.
Terry said the Red Devils’ record does not reflect how athletic their players are, “and if you are not cautious they can catch you off guard.” He said the team would have to focus during the week as they prepare for the game and push out the distractions of homecoming.
Terry said the Red Devils are hungry for a win, although the Longhorns are just as hungry and know a win will give them a higher seed come state playoffs. He said the Longhorns are fully aware of how a higher seeding will give them a chance at facing No. 1 Gateway Christian, a team they have played once and would like to play again.
Game time 7 p.m. Friday at Logan.
The (4-3) (1-1) San Jon/Grady Coyotes are striving for a win against the (6-2) (1-1) Dora Coyotes Friday in their final district/regular season game of the season.
The San Jon/Grady Coyotes were recently ranked fourth in the state behind the Dora Coyotes by the NMAA.
“We know the outcome will affect our seeding for the playoffs,” said Bobby Gomez San Jon/Grady head coach
Gomez said a win on Friday will set the team up to tie for the second place in district, resulting in higher playoff seeding. A loss will bring a lower seeding and tougher run through the 6-man state tournament, he said.
Gomez said stepping up on defense and stopping the run game will be the key to beating the Dora Coyotes. He said the San Jon/Grady squad will be looking to contain Dora’s run game and prevent them from running sweeps to the outside.
The Coyotes lost 62-6 Friday against Lake Arthur, which is currently ranked first in the state.
Game time 3 p.m., Friday at San Jon.
Logan beat Melrose 3-0: 25-17, 25-20, 25-23
Tucumcari Varsity lost to Santa Rosa Varsity 3-0: 13-25, 9-25, 11-25
Tucumcari JV lost to Santa Rosa JV 2-0
Texico Varsity beat Tucumcari Varsity 3-0: 25-13, 25-9, 25-11
Texico JV beat Tucumcari JV 2-0
San Jon beat House 3-0: 25-20, 25-15, 25-17
House lost to Elida 3-0: 6-25, 12-25, 6-25