Rattler season ends in second place

By Glen Rosales: QCS correspondent HATCH — Tucumcari’s bid for its first Class 2A state football championship since 2002 was effectively squashed by a Hatch Valley squad that piled up the yards and touchdowns. Although senior running back Eric Holt rushed for 119 yards, the Rattlers (11-2) were never able to move the ball consistently, […]

Hatch Valley wins 3rd straight title

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QCS staff The road to the Class 2A football state championship still goes through Hatch Valley. The Bears won their third consecutive title on Saturday, beating Tucumcari 54-7. Both teams finished their season 11-2. Quarterback Darren Gillis threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as Hatch Valley unleashed a torrid offense. Gillis, who […]

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 headed for state-title game

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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 drop Crownpoint

QCS STAFF GALLUP — For one quarter and one play, the Crownpoint Eagles were Tucumcari’s equal on Friday night. Then the Rattlers marched 66 yards in seven plays and rode the momentum wave to a lopsided quarterfinal playoff victory as expected. Tucumcari, 10-1, dropped Crownpoint 37-6 to advance to next Saturday’s semifinal round of the […]

Rattlers demolish Class 3A Spartans

QCS staff Playoff-bound Tucumcari capped off the regular-season by blowing past Bernalillo 46-9 Friday in a non-district contest. Senior Marc Salas rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Benavidas punctuated a dominating first quarter by returning a fumble 37 yards for a score as Tucumcari rebounded from its first loss of the season. […]

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 […]

Unbeaten Rattlers roll over Texico

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The flu was making Tucumcari junior Drew White sick, but the thought of another loss to Texico made him sicker. White recovered in time to play, and make a marquee defensive play, as the Rattlers rolled 38-6 over visiting Texico to stay perfect on the season. D.J. Martinez and Josh […]

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 […]