With 2:57 left in the first half at Cutter Morning Star Friday night, Magazine took a time out. The Rattlers were tied with the Eagles, 6-6, and were looking to take their first lead of the season.
Kobe Faughn scored on a 7-yard run out of the time out, starting an offensive explosion that saw the Rattlers score three times before halftime to lead 28-12 on the way to a 50-26 win.
The offensive explosion was dual sided as the teams combined for 846 yards with the Rattlers (1-2) winning the yardage game slightly, 432-414.
Obviously, there were big numbers for players on both sidelines.
Caleb Hyatt, who had tied the game with a 6-yard run in the first quarter, ran 23 times for 192 yards, caught a pass for 48 yards, scored four total touchdowns and three 2-point conversions for 30 total points. He also had seven tackles and recovered a fumble.
Faughn finished with 97 yards on 15 carries and Xeng Yang had another 73 yards on 15 carries.
For the Eagles it was Sam Moore throwing for 269 yards on 8-of-17 passing, though he was picked off twice, both times deep in Rattler territory. Matthew Cook had five catches for 207 yards.
After Faughn’s touchdown run, Hyatt added his first 2-point conversion for a 14-6 lead.
Moore threw two incomplete passes and was tackled by Luke Short for no gain on third down and the Rattlers had the ball back with 1:23 left in the half.
An incomplete pass and a sack of Yang induced Cutter (1-2) to take a time out but the next play Yang hit Hyatt in the middle of the field and two Cutter defenders collided leaving Hyatt free for a 48-yard touchdown. Short added the conversion for a 22-6 lead with 54 seconds to go in the half.
One play following the kickoff Moore hooked up with Cook for a 68-yard touchdown and it was 22-12 with 33 seconds to go in the half.
Brock Duncan’s kickoff was fielded by Jacob Hall at the Rattler 36 and Hall returned it 64 yards for a touchdown, and it was 28-12 with 20 seconds left in the half.
That made three touchdowns in a span of 34 seconds and four within 2:30.
The Rattlers opened the second half with a scoring drive that Hyatt capped with a 6-yard run. Hyatt added the extra two as well and it was 36-12.
That score lasted two plays. Moore hit Cook again for a 79-yard touchdown and it was 36-18.
Magazine then scored on its fourth straight possession.
Again it was Hyatt going 15 yards for the touchdown ad it was 42-18 with 5:38 left in the third quarter.
Tsim Neeg Vang caused a fumble that Hyatt recovered 17 seconds later and the Rattlers looked ready to put the game out of reach but Tyler Mace forced a Rattler fumble that Duncan recovered two plays later.
Mace, who had scored the game’s first points on a 52-yard catch and run, then took a jet sweep 51 yards for a touchdown and Moore ran for a 2-point conversion to make it 42-26 with 3:33 left in the quarter.
Another Rattler fumble gave Cutter the ball back in a two score game and the Eagles would reach the Rattler 22 where Moore threw into the end zone but it was Tatum Scott who came down with the ball in the end zone.
The ensuing possession saw a player ejection and the Rattlers drove 80 yards to a 1-yard run by Scott. Hyatt added his third 2-point conversion of the night and Magazine had hit the 50 point mark for the first time since 2012 against Hartford.
Magazine opens Conference 2A-4 play this week by hosting Hackett. The Hornets were beaten by Panama, Okla., 32-24 last week. The Hornets (1-2) lost to Mansfield on Aug. 23 and beat Pocola, Okla., on Aug. 31.