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Thursday, February 9, 2023

2A Football: Fear The Rattlers

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Photos courtesy of LaWaynea Cox

When it comes to football, the Magazine Sr High Rattlers are the total package. Not only do they have a top-notch passing game but their rushing game is to be respected as well. With two conference games under their belt, the Rattlers sit at the top of the 2A-4 conference standings with a 2-0 record tying with Mountainburg. In total season play, Magazine holds a 4-1 record and with three games left in the season, they look to go all the way.

The Magazine Rattlers are still flying high over last Friday nights epic battle against the Hector Wildcats where Magazine scorched the Cats 48-19. During the game, seven Rattlers achieved touchdowns and Magazine walking away with 424 total yards with 375 of those being rushing yards. As it sits now, the Rattlers are averaging 41 points per game.

The first quarter of the Hector/Magazine game was where the majority of the action took place. Junior, Cameron Raggio, was first to put points on the board with his 40-yard fumble return for a Rattler touchdown. After senior, Caleb Hyatt, added the two-point conversion, Magazine took control 8-0. Junior, Tatum Scott, shot downfield like a rocket for a 20-yard rushing touchdown and with another Hyatt conversion, the score read 16-0 Rattlers.

The Wildcats finally put their first points up but Hyatt couldn’t let that call go unanswered as he added his own touchdown and along with the extra two points rushed by senior, Xeng Yang, Magazine led 24-7. Junior, Kobe Faughn, would be next to high-tail it downfield like he was being chased by a bear (or a Wildcat in this instance) with a 60-yard touchdown bringing the score to 30-7 Magazine.

After two ginormous sacks by Hyatt and junior, William King, Yang lobbed a 50-yard pass to senior, Jacob Hall, who ran it in for another Rattler TD. The game would go into halftime with a score reading 36-7 Magazine. The Rattlers would add 12 more points to the final score thanks to a mind-blowing 77-yard rushing TD by senior, Kaedon Trejo and a foot-stomping 22-yard TD by sophomore, Ashton Droemer.

With this week being Homecoming for the Magazine Rattlers, there is even more to prove this Friday night. For this special home conference game, the Rattlers will host the Lavaca Golden Arrows who sit 1-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. There is more than just a homecoming win on the line for this match-up. There is revenge as well. Last season, the Arrows stole the victory from the Rattlers with a 34-24 score. The entire game had each team within points of one another until the fourth quarter saw the Rattlers faced with a turnover on downs and their fate was sealed.

Now, Magazine is ready for redemption. Not only do the Rattlers hold an A-list roster but the only reason why they aren’t undefeated in season play is because of one measly point in their game against Cutter-Morning Star that left Magazine in the left side column 33-32. But no worries, because all of that is behind them now. At this moment, the Rattlers only have three things left existing to focus on. Lavaca, JC Westside, and Mountainburg. The three remaining games left to dominate in conference play. But don’t fret. Because dominate…they…will.

Ashton Droemer
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