TUCUMCARI — It’s tough to find a silver lining sometimes, but Tucumcari coach Wayne Ferguson tried after Friday’s 21-0 defeat to Dexter.
“Games like tonight are difficult but we know they are helping us prepare for district play,” Ferguson said.
The visiting Demons (3-1) rolled out 418 yards, and only punted twice in the victory.
“The guys have to work harder on being mentally strong to avoid committing costly errors,” Ferguson said.
One such error, a holding penalty, erased what would have been an 18-yard rushing touchdown by Rattlers running back Seth Martinez.
The Rattlers ended up getting nothing later in the drive, when a pass by Casey Carter was intercepted at the 5.
The Demons posted 95-yard rushing touchdown by running back Gustavo Macias on the ensuing drive.
“The guys tried to tackle the runner up top, instead of engaging and wrapping him up,” Ferguson said. “We work on tackling all week, and the guys have to transition what they’ve learned from practice and apply it in the game.”
The Demons also got touchdowns on a 45-yard pass from Sergio Ramirez to Jarren Amaro and a 2-yard rush by Macias.
Martinez led the Rattlers with 150 yards of offense, 120 of them on the ground.
However, turnovers — two fumbles, two interceptions, — troubled the Rattlers offense. The Demons only scored off one of those turnovers, but it wasn’t much of a moral victory.
“We have to take care of the ball, we can’t continue to have scoring situations slip away due to turnovers,” Ferguson said.