Roundup: Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon all won their season-opening games on Friday in convincing fashion. The Rattlers beat Carrizozo 32-6, Logan dropped Springer 48-30 and San Jon upended House, 55-25.
Stars: Rattlers quarterback Alex Hutchins tossed three touchdown passes with no interceptions. ... Tucumcari wideout George Montano caught two TD tosses and returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown. ... House senior Jarod Allen rushed for two touchdowns.
Just sayin’: “The offensive line was great. Having a good line is key in running a spread offense and they did their job (Friday) night.” — Rattlers’ quarterback Hutchins
• “We need to work on getting downhill and wrapping up the runner. Too many of our guys were waiting for the play to come to them. They need to be more aggressive.” — House Coach Lyndel Bonds.
• “The guys played great fundamental football on both sides of the ball.” — Logan Coach Billy Burns
Different story this time: One year ago, Tucumcari lost to Carrizozo 47-20.
Good protectors: Tucumcari’s offensive line did not allow a quarterback sack on Friday.
Must improve: House lost its opener but learned some lessons about how to be successful. “We need to create holes and running lanes for our runners. The defense also needs follow through and complete their tackles,” Coach Bonds said.
What’s next: Tucumcari hosts New Mexico Military Institute at 7 p.m. Friday. Key to the game: “Controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Coach Hutchins said. “They like to run the ball and use misdirection and reverse. We need to stay on top of our game.”
• Logan hosts Foothill at 7 p.m. Friday. Playing fundamentally sound football will be the key to success, Coach Burns said.
• House travels to Walatowa for a 5 p.m. Friday start.
• San Jon is off this week.