It wasn’t that Magazine did not have their chances Friday night in a 25-6 loss to Lavaca.
The Rattlers (3-4, 1-3 Conference 2A-4) actually scored first and spent most of the second quarter inside, usually deep inside, Golden Arrow territory but came away empty and the Golden Arrows (3-4, 2-2).
For the night the Rattlers made five trips inside the red zone and did not score.
The Rattlers turned the ball over six times Friday night at Diamondback Stadium
Magazine jumped in front, 6-0, on a 41-yard touchdown run by Caleb Hyatt on their first possession, a 60-yard drive that took only three plays.
Hyatt would finish with 140 yards on 17 carries and Xeng Yang added 102 on 27 attempts as the Rattlers ran for 247, outgaining the Golden Arrows by 7 yards.
Hyatt also led the Rattlers with eight solo and one assisted tackles.
The Rattlers, however, had problems protecting the football, turning it over six times on three fumbles and three interceptions.
In the second quarter alone Magazine turned it over three times.
The Rattlers were able to stay in it with Xeng Yang and Tommy Perez picking off passes and Luke Short recovered a Golden Arrow fumble that Yang forced.
Meanwhile, the Arrows countered with Ryan Dockery scoring three times. Dockery ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown for Lavaca.
His first score came on a 27-yard reception from Tyler Armistead to give the Arrows a 12-6 lead — Armistead had tied the game after the Arrows got the ball at the Magazine 4 following a bad snap on a punt attempt.
A 60-yard run by Dockery in the third quarter stretched the lead to 18-6 and his 3-yard run late in the quarter gave the Golden Arrows a 25-6 lead, with a point after kick by Wyatt Kiene.
The Rattlers now have to win, likely, twice, to assure themselves a week 11 game. They will travel to Johnson County Westside Friday.
The Rebels, Rattlers and Western Yell County, who Magazine sees in week 10, all have opportunities to be among the five playoffs teams come Nov. 10.