Year in and year out, the Magazine Sr High Rattlers start their football seasons as the overlooked underdogs. And year in and year out, the Sr Rattlers prove the naysayers wrong. With a 3-1 conference record in the 2A-4 division, Magazine continues to climb that stairway to pigskin heaven. The Sr Rattlers won their most recent match, which also coupled as homecoming, this past Friday night against Quitman forcing the Bulldogs to yell “I Quit” after taking the “L” under Magazine.
“I feel really good about Friday nights win against Quitman,” stated first-year head coach, Ryan Chambers. “We held their pass game in check until the last few minutes of the game. It was 30-8 midway in the 4th. Offensively, Kobe Faughn really gave us a spark in the 4th quarter. He had 95 yards rushing going into the 4th and ended with 227.”
With a 0-0 first quarter finish, the action really started for the Rattlers in the second quarter. Magazine put 22 points on the board holding Quitman to just 8 going into the half. With another stalemate quarter in the third, both teams pushed hard to finish the game with the Bulldogs sealing 23 more points which just wasn’t enough to top the Rattlers 21 extra points ending the game 43-31. So far this season, Magazine has laid a total of 157 points on their opponents.
On the offensive side of the ball, it was the Rattlers run game that was on fire with a total of 567 offensive yards with 506 of those yards stemming from rushes. QB, Tatum Scott earned 2 passes for 61 yards, 1 interception, and 1 TD as well as 12 rushes for 62 yards, and 1 TD. Kobe Faughn made 26 rushes for 227 yards (a career-high) and 3 TDs. Ashton Droemer caught 2 receptions for 61 yards and 1 TD and 20 rushes for 148 yards (also a career-high). Brad Price rushed 7 times for a career-high 69 yards and 1 TD. And kicker, Trace Nichols, earned his first career PAT.
“William King and Cameron Raggio are really good on the defensive front. Both play defensive end and do a really good job for us.” On the defensive side of the ball, Faughn made 4 solo tackles and 4 assists. Price earned 4 solo and 3 assists. Droemer picked up 2 solo, 2 assists, and 1 interception. Cole Gilbert and Cameron Mattson each made 2 solo tackles and 1 assist. Scott got 1 solo, 2 assists, and 1 INT. Nichols, King, and Austin Krigbaum combined for 2 solos and 2 assists. And Raggio knocked-out 1 assist and one out of this world one-handed interception.
“We are gelling very well as a team. After our rough conference game loss with Bigelow, the offense has put up huge numbers in the last 3 weeks. To prepare this week, we will be doing some film work on Yellville since we haven’t watched much from them so far.” The Sr Rattlers will be facing the Panthers on Friday, October 23 at Yellville. The Panthers will be entering the match with a 1-3 conference record.
Photo courtesy of LaWaynea Cox