Santa Rosa overpowers Rattlers

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Santa Rosa overpowered the Rattlers 43-6 to claim the District 2-2A title. Rattler coach Dub Smith said, “Santa Rosa is a very fine team. They go into the first round undefeated. We played hard during the first half but we made some mistakes, fumbled twice. With a team like […]

Rattlers work for academic victories

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Before the Rattlers lifted any weights or ran any plays on their first day of practice, they gathered in the locker room around coach Dub Smith. Smith told the Rattlers what to expect this season and that hard work was going to be key — hard work on the […]

Russell L. Martin

Russell L. Martin Services: Have been held. Russell L. Martin, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at the Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. Mr. Martin was born April 29, 1915 in Arlington, Texas. He was married to Clara E. Beeson on March 2, 1947 in Winfield, Kan. For many years he farmed in […]

Portales edges out a win against Tucumcari

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Portales held on to beat Tucumcari 7-6 in a defensive struggle Friday night at Greyhound Stadium in the Rams’ homecoming game. Minutes after a 55-yard field goal attempt by Tucumcari (1-5) fell short, Portales coach Andy Correll said the Ram defense deserved the credit for the win. […]

Rattlers win homecoming 39-0 against Loving

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattlers clipped the Loving Falcons wings for their homecoming celebration. The Rattlers shut out the visiting Falcons 39-0 on Friday night in Tucumcari for the first win of the season. Coach Dub Smith said, “ It was a good game. We stepped it up and dominated the […]

Rattlers take to the road

By Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Rattlers will match up against the Estancia Bears at 7 p.m. on Friday in Estancia. The Class 2A state runnerup Rattlers go into this match 0-2 with losses against Class 3A St. Michael’s and Class 4A Capital. Being 0-2 isn’t exactly the start Rattler coach Dub Smith would like, but […]

Rattlers get tested at Taos

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Rattlers found themselves pulling double duty at a scrimmage in Taos Friday night. The Rattlers JV and varsity teams were scheduled to play just Taos but Raton joined the scrimmage when its team didn’t have a preseason scrimmage scheduled, said head coach Dub Smith. In their second scrimmage […]

Rattlers have successful scrimmage

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun You could hear the hit from the sidelines as the helmet and pads collided. There was silence from the sidelines for only a moment. Then came the loud cheers from the players and the coaches as Casey Romero made a defensive stop late in the Rattlers first scrimmage. The […]

Rattlers kick off football practice

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Tucumcari football coach Dub Smith laid down the rules and outlined expectations Monday during the team’s first day of practice. Smith told the players how important it was for them to have the right attitude, to listen to the coaches and senior leaders, and to be loyal to the […]

Rattlers will begin practice Aug. 7

By Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Rattlers will have their first football training session at 7:30 a.m. Monday, said Coach Dub Smith. “The boys know what we expect of them,” Smith said. “They know we run a good hard practice and the players enjoy that.” The training will be open to freshman through seniors. A physical […]