At the end of week two, Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon even out at 1-1 while House is still in the hunt for their win.
It is homecoming for the Tucumcari Rattlers and the West Las Vegas Dons are coming to town.
“We have been working on getting better week-by-week,” Rattlers head coach Daniel Hutchins said. “In the first week we had some penalties and fumbles that hurt us.”
Hutchins said the team had fewer penalties and only one turnover during their week-two match-up against the New Mexico Military Institute’s Colts.
“We had a lot of success with our run game,” Hutchins said. “However, we are going to look into using the passing game more this week.”
The Dons (1-1) won last week 40-20 against Espanola Valley.
“The Rattlers have talented and disciplined players,” said Dons head coach Mike Ulibarri. “It is going to be a good game.”
Ulibarri said the Dons are returning seven players on offense and defense. He said the young team is still working on getting the fundamentals down.
“We need to limit turnovers, especially in the red zone,” Ulibarri said. “We had six turnovers last week. Four of those were inside the 20-yard line.”
Game time: 7 p.m.
Week 2 recap:
The Rattlers routed the New Mexico Military Institute Colts 32-13 for their first win of the season.
The Rattlers had four rushing touchdowns, including two from Cameron Montano and on each from George Montano and Clinton Marquez. Jakus Martinez made a reception for a touchdown.
“We felt confident that our run game could not be stopped by their defense," Hutchins said. "This was a great win which will give the guys a lot of confidence."
Hutchins said mental errors such as fumbling and penalties are still a problem.
"We have to stop turning the ball over," Hutchins said. "We were operating in the no-huddle offense for a while, but as soon as we started getting into the groove, a penalty was slowing us back down."
The Logan Longhorns travel to Roswell to face the Gateway Christian Warriors.
“Gateway has always been a solid team to play,” said Longhorns head coach Billy Burns.
Burns said last week’s overtime win is a good boost when going into a new week. He said each week the team must focus on the game at hand and not concern themselves with the future or past.
“We just need to work hard every week,” Burns said. “Take it game by game and try not to get ahead of ourselves.”
The Warriors (0-2) lost Friday 44-34 against Foothill.
“We have to stop giving up the big play on defense,” said Warriors head coach Shaun Wigley.
Wigley said the defense in weeks one and two gave up big yards to the other team’s offense on third and fourth down. He said the late-down breakdown by his defense must be addressed before facing the Longhorns.
“We need to play four quarters of football,” Wigley said. “This week we will focus on fundamentals and technique.”
Game time: 7 p.m.
Week 2 recap:
The Longhorns went into overtime for an upset, defeating the Tatum Coyotes 30-22 Friday night.
Trailing 22-16, Ellis led the Coyotes down the field, and with 28 seconds left in the game, Tatum ran a flea flicker play with a pass to Chris Anderson to tie the game.
The Coyotes ran a sweep play on the conversion attempt, but the Longhorn defense held to force overtime.
Longhorn senior Brandon Rafool had several key catches during Friday night’s game against the Coyotes, but his biggest catch came from 2 yards out in overtime, an interception of Tatum's Matthew Ellis to end the game.
The House Cowboys will host the San Jon Coyotes Friday in their first home game of the season.
“We need to keep taking steps forward,” said Cowboys head coach Bryce Bailey. “We are getting better each week.”
Bailey said the team needs a big win and looks for that win and confidence boost on their home field.
“The team needs a win and a big win at home would be huge,” Bailey said. “This will be the first time we see San Jon play so it is sure to be a good game.”
The Cowboys had two injuries during their week-two loss to the Vaughn Eagles, quarterback Dustin Provincio and tight end Cody Pancho.
“Dustin will be ready to go on Friday but Cody will be a gameday decision,” Bailey said. “We may let Cody rest a week just to be on the safe side.”
The San Jon Coyotes (1-1) lost Friday 66-39 to Hondo Valley.
Game time: 3 p.m.
Week 2 recap
House Cowboys lost 45-22 Friday afternoon to the Vaughn Eagles in a six-man contest.
“Despite the loss, I saw a lot of good things out of the team today,” Bailey said.
Bailey said the guys operated more as a team during their match-up with the Eagles.
“We had some success on offense and our defense stopped several of their drives,” Bailey said.