Hartford wasn’t expected to offer much of a challenge for Magazine last Friday but after one quarter the Rattlers were up only 7-0.
Three second quarter touchdowns later it was 27-0 and the Rattlers (5-2, 4-1) were on their way to a 39-0 win over the Hustlers.
The Hustlers had a 36 yard pass play on their opening possession – Hartford finished with 47 total yards – but a sack by Layton Robinson forced a Hustler punt.
Robinson was a repeated defender as Magazine had four sacks, and 12 tackles for a loss in the game. Robinson had two sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception.
The Rattlers first possession ended in a fumble by Jason Chambers, but Chambers picked off a pass on the next play – his first of two to give Magazine the ball at the Hustler 41-yard line.
Eight plays later, including the last five by Mason Suttles and it was 7-0 with Suttles’ 2-yard run and Robinson’s point after.
Magazine started its next two possession at the Hartford 24 but turned the ball over on downs.
A possession later – set up by Chambers’ second interception – Magazine went 65 yards in four plays with Caleb Shelton scoring from the 21 to make it 13-0.
A 9-yard punt gave the Rattlers the ball at the Hartford 30 and Charly Moua hit Robinson for 30 yards and a touchdown. Shelton added a two point conversion to make it 21-0.
A 16-yard punt set up a 35-yard drive that saw the lead grow to 27-0. Billy Yang scored the touchdown from the 4 but Robinson misfired on the PAT try.
Home school student Shane Downs fielded the second half opening kickoff and returned it 6 yards to the 30 and Magazine went 70 yards to increase the lead.
Caleb Beeler, another home school player, caught a 10-yard pass from Moua one play before 3-yard run by Moua made it 33-0.
Shelton scored his second touchdown a possession later on a 1-yard run to make it 39-0 late in the third quarter.
Before it ended the Rattlers used two more home school students – twins Aaron and Adam Toland – in the backfield. The fifth home school student on the roster, Josh Wootton was also in on a 12-yard tackle for loss.
For the night the Rattlers piled up 384 yards of offense, led by Shelton’s 58 on the ground and 35 and 31 receiving yards from Robinson and Keith Dority, respectively.