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 […]

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 […]

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 […]