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


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


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


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, […]