Lavaca quarterback Jimmy Hall ran for two and threw for three touchdowns to hand Magazine a 34-24 loss Friday night in Lavaca.
It was a see-saw game until the midpoint of the third quarter when Lavaca took a two possession lead and kept the Rattlers at bay by picking off three passes.
The Golden Arrows (4-3, 3-1) started the game with a nine play drive to take the lead on a 13-yard fourth down run by Hall. Wyatt Kiene added the point after.
Hall would run for 106 yards on 19 carries and throw for 172 yards on 14-of-20 passing. He completed passes to six different receivers, hitting three for touchdowns.
The Rattlers answered quickly. Starting from the Golden Arrow 47 it took three plays with Kobe Faughn going 45 yards for the touchdown. Caleb Hyatt’s PAT try was unsuccessful and Lavaca led 7-6 with 6:32 left in the opening quarter.
Faughn would lead the Rattlers with 79 yards on seven carries in the game and he also was involved in 20 tackles, 11 of them solo.
Lavaca kept the ball for eight plays after the kickoff, pushing the lead to 14-6 on a 1-yard run by Hall and Kiene’s second PAT.
Tatum Scott knocked down the ensuing kickoff, picked it up at his 26 and took it back 74 yards for a touchdown but a 2-point conversion try failed and it was 14-12.
Lavaca had another eight play – the Golden Arrows ran 67 plays to Magazine’s 36 – and made it 20-12 on a 36-yard Hall to Mason Walter pass. The PAT failed.
Magazine answered with an 11-play possession of their own to get within a conversion when Scott went 5 yards for his second touchdown the night, but Scott’s conversion pass was incomplete to keep Lavaca in front 20-18.
The Arrows used a fake punt to move the chains on their next possession which would be capped with a fourth-down 14-yard Hall to Tray Werner touchdown pass with 8.1 seconds to play in the half. Another failed PAT kept the Rattlers within one score at 26-18.
Magazine started the second half with a scoring drive, capped by Caleb Hyatt with a 6-yard run, but another try for two failed and it was 26-24 with 9:12 left in the third quarter.
Hyatt, who had run for 589 yards over the last three weeks was held to only 45 yards on just nine carries Friday.
After converting two third downs on their first possession of the second half the Arrows got a 44-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Alex Dugan and Tyler Armistead ran for the extra two and a double digit lead, 34-24.
Magazine’s next three possessions all ended in interceptions thrown by Scott and Xeng Yang.
After the first interception, by Werner, the Arrows kept the ball for 14 plays, driving to the Rattler 13 but Magazine was able to hold on downs.
Two plays later Colby Clunn picked off a pass but Lavaca again turned the ball over on downs.
Magazine will look to rebound this week when they host Johnson County Westside for homecoming. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.