Everybody loves a good underdog story and this football season, the Magazine Rattlers have delivered. The Magazine community doesn’t see what all the hoopla is about though. They knew all along what their Rattlers had to offer so when Magazine won the first round of the State Playoffs 54-22 against Mineral Springs, it was the Rattlers that were left saying “Told you so!”
When it came to facing the Mineral Springs Hornets, Magazine knew they would have to bring the same intensity to the field like they had all season long and that’s just what they did. In a mind-blowing out of this world accomplishment, the Rattlers put all 54 of their points on the board in the first half of the game alone. To top it off, senior Caleb Hyatt surmounted the 3,000-yard career mark.
Hyatt also finished the game with 24 rushing touchdown yards on three of the seven Rattler touchdowns. Junior Tatum Scott overpowered the Hornets defense by rushing 88 yards from two touchdowns. Sophomore Ashton Droemer added his own three-yard rushing touchdown for the Rattlers along with a Pick 6 from junior Cameron Raggio for a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The two-point conversion kings of the night were Kobe Faughn, Xeng Yang, Kaedon Trejo, and James Haugh who helped move the Rattlers further into greatness. Now, #1 seeded Magazine (8-1) will host #2 seeded Fordyce (9-2) in what is sure to be an epic ground and pound football match-up this Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. The winner will go on to face either Hazen or Earle in the quarterfinals.
Experts yet again, have Magazine pegged to be the underdogs. But what people are failing to understand yet again, is that the Rattlers don’t lay down for anyone let alone in their own house. So make no mistake, the Rattlers will strike first and fierce and when they do, the Redbugs will be left crawling back to Fordyce.
Photo courtesy of Joshua Scott