Rattlers ready to run

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun It’s simple math for the Tucumcari High boys track team. After finishing third in the state in 2004 and second in 2005, the Rattlers want to make the final step. “In the last four years, we’ve gotten into the top five every single time,” senior Eric Holt said. “I’m […]

Rattler punts off to college

By Albert Trujillo: QCS Tucumcari senior Eric Holt will continue his notable football career at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in Goodwell, Okla. Holt was a member of the 2002 state championship and 2005 state runner-up teams for the Tucumcari Rattlers. “The feeling is fabulous, great — a once in a lifetime opportunity that I […]

Tucumcari Rattlers football year in review

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Final game score aside, this year’s overall Tucumcari Rattler football season (11-2) was a huge success, said Head Coach Dub Smith. “Our goal was to get to state and we did it,” he said of competing against Hatch in the bid for the state championship title last Saturday. “Our goal was […]

Rattler senior said he sees his best year yet

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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

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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 […]

Rattlers blank Clayton in district opener

By Paul Lyon CLAYTON — The first district game of the season for the Tucumcari Rattlers was a success as they shut out the Clayton Yellowjackets 63-0 and maintained their top ranking in Class 2A. It was up to Josh Benavidez, Adrian Jones and the rest of the team to make sure the Rattlers (8-0) […]

Rattlers win seventh straight

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By Paul Lyons: staff writer In a mere 18 seconds the Tucumcari Rattlers — more specifically Eric Holt — were off and running. Eric Holt dashed 70 yards for a touchdown — his first of four on the night — as Tucumcari beat Dexter 56-18 Friday in front of a homecoming crowd. With its latest […]

Tucumcari remains undefeated

By Paul Lyon: QCS staff The Tucumcari Rattlers remain undefeated after a Friday night trounce over the host Loving Falcons. Tucumcari won 49-0. The Rattlers are 5-0. Loving is 0-4. All-state running back Eric Holt led the team as usual, rushing for more than 150 yards by halftime. He finished with 184 yards on the […]

Rattlers beat Tigers, remain undefeated

By Paul Lyon: QCS staff The Tucumcari Rattlers prevailed in a battle of unbeatens on Friday, trouncing Raton, 33-0. Tucumcari is 4-0. Raton is 3-1. The shutout was the Rattlers’ second of the season. They’ve not allowed more than one touchdown in a game this season. Eric Holt and D.J. Martinez paced an impressive ground […]

Rattlers soar over Crownpoint Eagles

By Paul Lyon: QCS staff Eric Holt rushed for 231 yards and scored six touchdowns as Tucumcari cruised to a 62-6 win over Crownpoint on Friday. With a Rattler Stadium crowd cheering them on, the Rattlers led by 20 points before Crownpoint scored and were never challenged. Holt, an all-state player a year ago, scored […]