Hector had third and quarter drives end in fumbles Friday night and Magazine capitalized on both and went on beat the Wildcats 39-21 at Shorty Wright Field at Diamondback Stadium.
Scoring after two other fumble recoveries in the first half, the Rattlers were leading 12-7 when Hector mounted a third quarter drive from their 28-yard line to the Rattler 6 over the course of 10 plays when Magazine took a time out.
Hector’s Blake Koehn got to the 1 on the next play but a play later the snap deflected off of Cody Day’s leg and Luke Short recovered for the Rattlers at the 4.
Magazine (3-2, 2-0 Conference 2A-4) then went 96 yards to add to their lead. The first big play on the drive was Xeng Yang picking up 4 yards on a third-and-3 from the 10.
Three plays later Caleb Hyatt heaved a pass that Yang pulled in at the Hector 49 for a gain of 40.
Tatum Scott scored the next play and it was 18-7 with 2: 14 left in the quarter.
Scott, a sophomore, had a career high night with 10 carries for 109 yards and the Rattlers had 450 yards of total offense.
After forcing a Hector (4-2, 2-1) punt, the Rattlers went 86 yards in seven plays to make it 26-7. Again there was a third down pass, again to Yang, who is typically the Rattler quarterback, with Scott delivering the throw for a 12-yard gain and a first down.
Hyatt got 2 yards on the next play then Scott went for 13 and another first down before Hyatt got 1 yard then 58 and a touchdown with 10:40 to play in the game. Yang ran for the 2-point conversion.
Hyatt had his third straight huge game with 191 yards on 27 carries giving him 589 yards since Magazine’s 0-2 start and 709 on the season.
Three plays after the kickoff Scott stripped the ball from Ethan Church and recovered it himself at the Wildcat 28.
Hyatt carried for 5 and then the touchdown, and kicked the Rattlers’ first point after of the year to make it 33-7.
Hector took just four plays, three of them passes, to make it 33-15 as Day hit Caleb Profitt for the touchdown from 28 yards out with 4:21 to play.
Day finished 11-of-21 for 138 yards in the air.
With 2:53 left the Rattlers were facing a fourth-and-4 at Hector’s 47. Hyatt got 7 yards and a personal foul moved the ball to the Wildcat 30.
Two plays later Hyatt scored to make it 39-15.
The Wildcats, the preseason pick to win the conference title, would score again with 56 seconds to go on a 1-yard run by Day but a 2-point try failed.
William King recovered the onside kick and Magazine nailed down the win.
The Rattlers had led 12-0 in the second quarter.
The first points of the night came courtesy of Scott’s first strip and fumble recovery at the Hector 24. Tsim Neeg Vang got the touchdown on a 2-yard run but a conversion attempt failed.
The ensuing kickoff was fumbled caused by Short and recovered by Jacob Hall at the Wildcat 46.
Kobe Faughn rumbled 24 yards for a touchdown four lays later to make it 12-0 with 8:36 left in the half.
The Rattlers would force a punt but their only turnover of the night set Hector up at the Rattler 15 two plays after the punt and Church scored from there and it was 12-7.
Magazine will take its three game winning streak to Lavaca this Friday and will serve as the Golden Arrow’s homecoming foe. Lavaca (3-3, 2-1), who has won three of their last four games, beat Western Yell County 21-0 last week.