Rattlers beat Bears in season opener


Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Rattlers beat the Hatch Bears 21-7 Friday night in the season-opener for both teams. The Bears offense was moving quickly downfield with less than a minute left to play. Trailing by 14 the Bears’ efforts were for merit more than necessity. Set at the Tucumcari 15-yard line, the Bears sophomore quarterback […]

Rattler season ends in second place

By Glen Rosales: QCS correspondent HATCH — Tucumcari’s bid for its first Class 2A state football championship since 2002 was effectively squashed by a Hatch Valley squad that piled up the yards and touchdowns. Although senior running back Eric Holt rushed for 119 yards, the Rattlers (11-2) were never able to move the ball consistently, […]

Hatch Valley wins 3rd straight title


QCS staff The road to the Class 2A football state championship still goes through Hatch Valley. The Bears won their third consecutive title on Saturday, beating Tucumcari 54-7. Both teams finished their season 11-2. Quarterback Darren Gillis threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as Hatch Valley unleashed a torrid offense. Gillis, who […]

Rattler senior said he sees his best year yet


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari senior and Rattler footballer Eric Holt said there is no sport he wouldn’t play. Except perhaps tennis. “It’s boring just hitting the ball over a net with a racket,” he said. This guy said he needs more excitement, which is why he loves football. Holt said he is especially enjoying […]

Rattlers fever pitched high for Saturday


QCS staff Tucumcari dominated the line of scrimmage on Saturday and the Rattlers are headed for the state-championship football game for the second time in four years. The Rattlers rolled up 330 rushing yards, limited Lordsburg to 29 yards on the ground, and upended the Mavericks, 19-6, on Saturday at Rattler Stadium. Tucumcari will play […]

Repeat hopes crushed


By Ryan Lengerich Rattlers head coach Dub Smith wanted to force Hatch out of their dominant passing game, but didn’t expect a dominant running game as a substitute. That is exactly what happened when junior Chon Pallares rushed for 155-yards and a touchdown as No. 2 ranked Hatch Valley (10-2) invaded the defending champion’s home […]

Hatch to air it out against Rattlers’ defense


By Ryan Lengerich Hatch Valley loves to air out the football — and they do it well. Bears junior quarterback Brett Henson averages more than 390 yards per game passing on a team that scores 46 points-per-game. Hatch Valley (8-2) will bring their aerial attack to Rattlers Stadium to meet the ball control Tucumcari (8-2) […]