The Magazine Rattlers made their eighth appearance in the state playoffs Friday night. Unfortunately the draw sent them to a school with eight state titles.
Rison (10-1) the 2-seed from the 2A-8, pounded the Rattlers 41-0 to move on to the second round and a game against 2A-4 title winning Danville. Magazine, in the playoffs for the first time since 2013, ends the season at 5-6.
The Rattlers forced the Wildcats into a fourth down on the opening possession but Roshawn Martin got 15 on the next play and the Wildcats scored two plays later on a 26-yard Spencer Trail to Jaylon Marshal pass and, out of a swinging gate, Trail ran for a two point conversion to make it 8-0.
On their first possession the Rattlers (5-6) also faced a fourth down and Xeng Yang got 2 yards but he needed 3 and the Rattler turned the ball over an midfield.
Four plays later Trail hit Makik Chavis for 36 yards and a touchdown and with a point after kick from Martin with was 15-0.
Xeng Yang returned the kickoff to the Wildcat 35-yard line and four plays later, needing to get on the inside of the 25, Yang got only to the outside of the yard mark and the Wildcats took over on downs.
It would be the Rattlers’ best scoring opportunity.
Rison then went on a 75-yard march — the Wildcats had 307 yards of offense in the first half — and Mason Riggs scored the touchdown from the 1 on a third down and with the Martin PAT it was 22-0 with 9:50 left in the first half.
Magazine again had the Wildcats in a third down situation on the next Wildcat possession when Chavis went 62 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-0. Martin’s PAT failed.
When Magazine went three-and-out again the Wildcats had 3:16 left to do more damage. It took only 29 seconds. Henry scored the touchdown from the 9 and Martin’s PAT made it 35-0.
The Rattlers started the second half with the football but an 8-yard loss on third down forced a punt and the Wildcats went 73 yards in 18 plays. When Jerrion Marshal scored with 10:34 to play it was 41-0. Justin Jacobs, who handled the kickoff duties, missed the PAT.
The Rattlers had the ball only once more for a full possession, managing a first down on a Yang carry before one of Caleb Hyatt’s five punts.
Rison kept the ball until their only punt with less than a minute to play.
The Wildcats move on to face Conference 2A-4 champion Danville this week. Danville, following a three week layoff, beat Poyen 36-6 Friday.