Although it would be a blowout in the end, there was an obvious turning point in Magazine’s 40-6 homecoming win over Johnson County Westside Friday night at Shorty Wright Field at Diamondback Stadium.
The Rattlers had a 20-6 second quarter lead in only the second football homecoming for the school, but turned the ball over when Tatum Scott rolled out to pass but dropped the ball and Westside’s Taylor Sagy recovered the ball at the Rattler 14-yard line.
Westside turne the ball over at the 14 four plays later.
Seven more plays later Caleb Hyatt completed an 86-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run – his second of the night – and Magazine (4-3, 3-1) led 28-6 with 1:29 left in the half. Tsim Neeg Vang ran for the 2-point conversion.
Hyatt carried for 156 yards on only 12 carries in the game.
When Andy Yang recovered an onside kick attempt by the Rebels (1-7, 0-4) the Rattlers started the second half with a 51-yard drive to go in front 34-6. Luke Short got the touchdown, his first of the year.
The initial play of the quarter was the only one that started on the Magazine side of the field.
The Rattlers turned the ball over in the red zone on their second second half possession but took over on downs at the Rebel 40 with 43 seconds to go in the quarter.
Magazine fumbled the football 11 times on the wet night, losing five of them.
Short looked to have his second touchdown 33 seconds later but he fumbled into the end zone. Jacob Hall was there to recover for the Rattlers and it was 40-6.
Short totaled 105 yards on his 10 carries.
Hyatt would be unable to add a point after but the clock would run part of the fourth quarter nonetheless.
That wouldn’t stop the Rattlers from piling up 11 penalties for 86 yards, or Vang from running for 95 yards on 11 attempts as Magazine had 433 rushing yards.
Magazine jumped in front at the 10:28 mark of the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run by Xeng Yang and a 1-yard run by Hyatt made it 12-0.
Westside scored on a touchdown pass of 16 yard to Dalton Beavers to make it 12-6 but the Rebels were only 6-of-29 throwing the ball for 46 yards on the night.
Magazine will be on the road this week looking to stake a claim for a share of a Conference 2A-4 tile when they take on Mountainburg.
The Dragons (6-1, 4-0) are the only 2A-4 team without a loss. Mountainburg beat Hackett 48-12 Friday.