Rattlers suffer season’s first loss

QCS Reports The Tucumcari Rattlers were dominated Friday night in a 49-14 loss to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. The Rattlers (4-1) scored first against the Colts (5-0) on a 1-yard touchdown run by Sophomore Eric Holt with 8:14 remaining in the first quarter. Senior AJ Molinas added the extra point. That was [...]

Wounded Rattlers battle NMMI

By Ryan Lengerich The Rattlers will face the team that could be the best they play all year — and they will do it shorthanded. Junior starting quarterback Chris McCasland and senior running back Rob McClelland are both questionable for Friday night’s game. The Rattlers (4-0) meet Class 3A New Mexico Military Institute (4-0) at [...]

Second half lifts Rattlers past Raton

QCS Reports The Rattlers took their show on the road for the first time this season and dominated the second half in a 40-20 victory against Class 3A Raton. Tucumcari (4-0) siezed control with 10:51 remaining in the game when senior linebacker Joe Sisneros picked off a pass and rumbled 21-yards for a touchdown. The [...]

Rattlers to play season’s first road game

By Ryan Lengerich For the Rattlers, Friday’s opponent nearly upset the No. 1 ranked Class 3A team in the state last week. But they didn’t — and remain without a win this season. The Rattlers (3-0) will face the Raton Tigers (0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in the team’s first road test of the 2003 [...]

Fumbling Rattlers shut out Estancia

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By Ryan Lengerich On the road to the 2002 State Championship, the Rattlers’ opened last season with three consecutive shutout wins. Tucumcari (3-0) repeated that feat Friday night as junior quarterback Chris McCasland scored all three Rattler touchdowns in a 24-0 victory against Estancia (0-2) at Rattler stadium. Despite seven fumbles for the Rattler offense, [...]

Rattlers get first test

By Ryan Lengerich Estancia came up short in their first week against Laguna, but don’t look for this week to be anything like the Rattlers first two. Tucumcari (2-0) battles Estancia (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday night at Rattler Stadium in their third straight home game of the 2003 season. The Rattlers have not been [...]

Two games, two wins, Rattlers 101, opponents 0

By Ryan Lengerich Questa’s Justin Martinez thought he had the angle. But as he lunged to make the tackle on Tucumcari junior Chris McCasland, the Rattlers star delivered a devastating stiff arm sending Martinez to sideline turf. McCasland cruised into the endzone for his second punt return touchdown of the half. Still stomach first on [...]

Rattlers don’t want ‘big head’

By Ryan Lengerich The Tucumcari football team battles Questa Friday in what should be this season’s final tuneup. The Rattlers (1-0) meet Questa (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Rattler Stadium. The two team’s opening games were blowouts with Tucumcari giving a beating and Questa taking one. Clayton steamed into Questa and bounced the home team [...]

Push-ups and hard work Lady Rattlers’ new style

By Ryan Lengerich The Tucumcari volleyball team will be short on experience and height this season but will be full of potential. The Lady Rattlers open the 2003 campaign at 7 p.m. tonight at Logan High School. The team scrimmaged Logan, San Jon and House Aug. 23 in a 20 minute running clock format. Although [...]

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 [...]