Rattlers beat Tigers, remain undefeated

By Paul Lyon: QCS staff The Tucumcari Rattlers prevailed in a battle of unbeatens on Friday, trouncing Raton, 33-0. Tucumcari is 4-0. Raton is 3-1. The shutout was the Rattlers’ second of the season. They’ve not allowed more than one touchdown in a game this season. Eric Holt and D.J. Martinez paced an impressive ground […]

Tucumcari goes three for three with win over Estancia

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By Paul Lyon: QCS Another intense start, another easy win. The Tucumcari Rattlers are 3-0 after Friday’s 57-6 blasting of Estancia at Rattler Stadium. The Rattlers, who’ve outscored their opponents 180-12 this year, were up 49-0 at halftime and were never challenged. An ecstatic coach Dub Smith was quick to give praise after the game. […]

Rattlers soar over Crownpoint Eagles

By Paul Lyon: QCS staff Eric Holt rushed for 231 yards and scored six touchdowns as Tucumcari cruised to a 62-6 win over Crownpoint on Friday. With a Rattler Stadium crowd cheering them on, the Rattlers led by 20 points before Crownpoint scored and were never challenged. Holt, an all-state player a year ago, scored […]

Rattlers crush Mora

QCS Staff MORA — Three minutes after it started, Tucumcari’s first football game of the season was over. The Rattlers averaged a touchdown a minute to go up 20 points, then cruised to an easy 61-0 victory Saturday over Mora. Coach Dub Smith said the Rattlers’ first-string offense only ran five plays before the game got […]

Texico defeats Rattlers

Eric Butler TEXICO — While Tucumcari may be thinking of gradual improvement culminating in the Class 2A playoffs, Class 1A Texico looked like a well-oiled machine ready for the postseason now as the two squads met Friday. The result — a 48-7 Wolverine win. “The last two years, we just haven’t played very well against […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cowboys lose season opener

QCS Reports Despite 417-yards passing by the House offense, the Cowboys lost their season opener Friday against Reserve 44-26. With two ineligible players and one injury, the Cowboys were forced to play the second half with only six players. “I liked what I saw, because of our numbers it was our first true six on […]

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, […]