Ending fitting for a Tuesday night game
The ending fit the uniqueness of a Tuesday night football game as Magazine claimed a 22-6 win over Waldron’s junior varsity team Tuesday night at Diamondback Stadium.
Magazine head coach Doug Powell scheduled the game due to an open date on Friday. His Rattlers were up 14-6 when Trevor Blake rumbled for what appeared to be, and was signaled a 60-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion play was then no good.
However, one official marked Blake out at the Waldron 3-yard line and a penalty, either a dead ball foul or on the conversion play, was then assessed and it was first-and-goal at the 18. Another false start moved the ball back to the 23.
Unfazed, Blake would hit Matthew Smith for 15 yards to the 8 and Blake then ran to the 1 on second down. On third down there was a fumbled snap that Blake picked up and carried into the end zone. Luke Short ran for a two point conversion and a 22-6 lead with 1:21 to play.
Blake finished the night with 12 carries for 112 yards and he was 4-of-7 passing for 59 yards.
Magazine led throughout the game, scoring on a game opening 12-play drive capped by Colton Young’s 7-yard scoring run. Blake passed to Justin Mott for a two point conversion to make it 8-0.
Set up at the Waldron 26 by a fumble recovery by Smith the Rattlers went in front 14-0 on a five play drive. Short ran 8 yards for the touchdown. A two point run try failed.
Ryan Beleu recovered a Waldron fumble early in the third quarter but on the next snap Ty Allen stepped in front of a Pacen Roberson pass and took it back 60 yards for a touchdown to get Waldron on the scoreboard. A two point try failed.
Magazine turned the ball over on downs at Waldron’s 48 on its next possession and the Bulldogs would reach the Rattler 27 before a sack by Dylan Peugh and were at the Rattler 6 when a sack by Roy Williams forced a fourth and goal pass that fell incomplete with 6:32 to go.
It was the ensuing possession in which Blake scored, eventually, the touchdown that put it away.