Abraham Dority ran for a pair of first half touchdowns and the Magazine Rattlers bounced back from their first conference loss by thrashing Western Yell County 35-7 Friday night at Diamondback Stadium.
After Dustiin Zimmer made a fourth down stop of Trent Cobb to end the game’s opening possession, Dority went 10 yards on Magazine’s first offensive play.
Seven plays later he scored from the 1 and Layton Robinson added the point after for a 7-0 lead.
A sack by Zimmer and Alex Elkins induced a Wolverine punt on their second possession and the Rattlers (4-2, 3-1) needed to go just 46 yards to add to the lead.
It took four plays, but really should have taken only one. An inadvertent whistle took away a Charly Moua touchdown run – but the Rattlers were granted a 24-yard gain.
Three plays later Caleb Shelton scored from the 5 but the PAT failed to keep it 13-0.
The Rattlers lost a fumble on their next possession but got the ball back on a Jesse Canada interception.
Magazine turned it over on downs following the interception but forced Western Yell into punt formation and Billy Yang blocked the punt.
Adding a personal foul on the play, the Rattlers had the ball at the WYC 9, but were flagged for holding. After a 13-yard Moua to Dority pass completion, Dority went 5 yards for a touchdown and Yang added a two point conversion for a 21-0 lead with 4:39 left in the half.
Along with his team leading 51 rushing yards on 11 carries, Dority had another 40 yards in receptions as Moua threw for 50 yards on 4-of-9 passing and ran for 47 yards on nine carries.
A Jason Chambers interception set up the next score which came on a 5-yard Canada run late in the half for a 27-0 lead.
Magazine started the second half with a 14-play drive that included a fourth down pass from Moua to Robinson to move the chains. Chambers capped the drive with a 7-yard scoring run and with Dority running for the extra two it was 35-0.
The Rattlers forced a turnover on downs on the ensuing possession but a fumble opened the door for the Wolverines to avoid the shutout.
Chris Thygesen ran 7 yards for the touchdown and Western Yell actually had a chance to do further damage because Magazine lost it’s third fumble of the night two plays after the kickoff.
That chance ended with Magazine’s third interception, this one by Aaron Toland. Cobb was 5-of-21 for 91 yards on the night.
The Rattlers will be at home again this week when they host winless Hartford.