Rattlers fall at home to Estancia

Correspondent Photo: Christopher Cook

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com A triple-threat rushing attack by the Estancia Bears wore down the Tucumcari defense, while turnovers once again stalled Rattlers’ offensive drives in Friday night football action. “I am proud of our effort; we kept playing even though we were running out of steam,” said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head […]

Tucumcari seeks road win

Correspondent Photo: Christopher Cook

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Tucumcari has a big challenge coming up Friday night at Dexter. “Dexter has some big linemen and they have skilled receivers and rushers,” said Rattlers football Wayne Ferguson. Ferguson said the Demons have a 3-0 record, but he feels the Rattlers, 0-3,  have faced stronger competition. He said […]

Lady Rattlers beat Logan in 5, win home tournament


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Lady Rattlers beat the Lady Longhorns of Logan in five sets Saturday to win their volleyball tournament at the Snake Pit. “It is an amazing feeling, to win this tournament, our tournament,” said Kaycee Lease, who was named tournament MVP. Lease said she never doubted the team’s ability […]

Cross country teams ready for new course

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari’s cross country runners had success, mixed with frustration at their meet in Lovington last week. “At first, the runners were disappointed with where they placed,” said Gary Hittson cross country head coach. But the good news was both teams turned in their best times of the year. The […]

Rattlers fall to Chargers at home

The Rattler’s Robbie Hartmann tackles Charger quarterback Clay Crosby .

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari’s dream first half turned into a nightmare on the first possession of the second half Friday night. Fumbles on each of the first two second-half possessions by the Rattlers gave Albuquerque Academy the momentum and, ultimately, the win, 39-22. It was the home football opener for Tucumcari, which […]

Rattlers still seek first win

The Rattler’s Zach Martinez shoestring tackles Academy’s wide receiver Thomas Lujan during Friday’s 39-22 loss.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers have to work together as a team, but also be responsible as individuals, Coach Wayne Ferguson is reminding players as they head into Week 3 of the high school football season. Ferguson said teamwork is essential;  if everyone doesn’t follow through on their assignments, the […]

Tucumcari cross country teams begin season at Lovington

Staff report The Tucumcari boys and girls cross country teams’ first meet was canceled so they will start their season Thursday at Lovington. Coach Gary Hittson said the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers were set to start the season on Saturday. However, their plans changed when Victory Christian canceled its cross country meet. “Victory Christian’s program […]

Lady Rattlers to host regional teams at tournament


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Lady Rattlers have the skills they need to be successful on the court, but need to start each game with intensity, said head volleyball coach Dana Benavidez. The Rattlers will host several regional teams including the Logan Lady Longhorns during their volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday at the […]

Logan, San Jon win home openers, Rattlers fall short at Escalante


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Capitalizing on a third-quarter Tatum turnover proved to be the turning point for the Logan Longhorns’ 28 -14 season-opening football win Friday night at Logan. In other area games, the Tucumcari Rattlers lost 34-6 Friday night at Escalante, while the San Jon Coyotes won their 6-man home opener 70-61 […]

Rattlers prepare for first home game, Logan, San Jon on the road


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari will be put to the test during Friday’s home opener against the Class 5A Albuquerque Academy Chargers, said head football coach Wayne Ferguson. The game starts at 7 p.m. Ferguson said Albuquerque Academy runs a hybrid double-wing formation on offense. He said it is similar to what his […]