Logan falls to unbeaten Tatum

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By Ryan Lengerich The Logan Longhorn’s reward for winning its first playoff football game in school history was a meeting with the state’s No. 1 ranked team. The Tatum Coyotes and its 11 seniors stormed into Longhorn Stadium Saturday night unbeaten and having “mercy-ruled” nearly every team they have played this season, including the Longhorns […]

Late touchdown lifts Rattlers past Tularosa

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By Ryan Lengerich For Rattlers fans, Rob McClelland looks much better in uniform. After watching most the season in street clothes, the senior scored two touchdowns in a triumphant return from a week two knee injury and lead the Rattlers to a 21-14 comeback victory against Tularosa in the state quarterfinal game. McClelland finished with […]

Logan gets playoff win

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By Ryan Lengerich LOGAN — On Halloween night, Kirk Burns was simply scary. The Logan senior scored seven touchdowns and led his team to its first ever playoff victory in school history with a 50-40 win against Floyd Friday in Logan. “I guess this is my lucky day,” Burns said. “There were some big holes […]

Rattlers win district title

By Ryan Lengerich On fourth down and 35-yards from the end zone with 7 seconds left in the game, a desperation heave into the end zone seemed to be Santa Rosa’s only hope. It may have been. Lions sophomore running back Steven Vigil got the call on a misdirection to the weak side and turned […]

Wolves’ pound Rattlers

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By Ryan Lengerich Texico head coach Mike Prokop called a timeout with 7:04 remaining in the third quarter to settle his team down. A strange move, considering his team held a 34-0 lead at the time. “I wanted to calm our kids down and tell them to play our game, don’t play someone else’s,” Prokop […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Rattlers survive final scrimmage, avoid injury

By Ryan Lengerich Senior running back Rob McCllelan rushed for a touchdown and Nick Weigal recovered a fumble for a touchdown but that wasn’t enough as the varsity Rattlers lost 3 touchdowns to 2 against defending district AAA champions Santa Fe St. Michael. Defensive coordinator Wayne Ferguson said he was pleased with the scrimmage, and […]