Rattlers dominate opener

By Ryan Lengerich Junior running back Rob McClelland scored the winning touchdown Friday on a 47-yard dash to the right side of the endzone. And that touchdown came with 8:36 remaining — in the quarter. The Rattlers tattooed the Menaul Panthers 54-0 in the 2003 season opener Friday at Rattler Stadium. Menaul had only 24 […]

Rookie QB ready for first snap

By Ryan Lengerich Last season as wide receiver junior Chris McCasland was the feature target for Rattlers quarterback Sam Nunn. Now as quarterback he assumes a new role — as every opposing defensive player’s feature target. Raised in Tucumcari, McCasland developed as a wide receiver throughout grade school. After a short stint as running back […]

Coach has team focused on first game, not another championship

By Ryan Lengerich The top of each Rattler player’s four-inch wide by 11-inch long card reads “Rattler game preparation schedule” followed by a blank space. Hand written in each space is the name of Friday’s opponent — Menaul. Since this season’s first practice, Rattler players have used the cards to track lifting statistics and workouts […]

Depth could be key to team’s success

By Ryan Lengerich Everyone it seems has an opinion about what the defending state champion Rattlers must do to fill the void left by eight graduated seniors including four starters. “I think most of it’s heart,” Nick Wiegal, junior defensive end, tight end and full back said. “I think there are some freshman who come […]

Rattlers survive final scrimmage, avoid injury

By Ryan Lengerich Senior running back Rob McCllelan rushed for a touchdown and Nick Weigal recovered a fumble for a touchdown but that wasn’t enough as the varsity Rattlers lost 3 touchdowns to 2 against defending district AAA champions Santa Fe St. Michael. Defensive coordinator Wayne Ferguson said he was pleased with the scrimmage, and […]

Scrimmage a ‘Wake up call’ before season begins

By Ryan Lengerich The Rattlers have their final tuneup Friday against St. Michael’s before their quest for back-to-back championships officially begins. The scrimmage against the defending AAA district champions will be held at Salvador Parez Park in Santa Fe beginning at 4:00 p.m. with the junior varsity. Rattler’s head coach Dub Smith said this scrimmage […]

Defending champs reload

By Ryan Lengerich If the game’s third play at Friday nights annual Purple and Gold Scrimmage is an indication of what to expect from Rattlers this season — back to back championships could be a possibility. Junior quarterback Chris McCasland took a draw play 60 yards for the first touchdown of the scrimmage before a […]

True purple pride

By Ryan Lengerich While the defending state champions were still tossing on shoulder pads and pacing past lockers, high in the home side bleachers four women waited impatiently. Tucumcari football was minutes from a new beginning. In the top row, left of the press box 20 minutes prior to the teams annual Purple and Gold […]