After seeing a 17-point lead trimmed to 24-20 in the final 37 seconds of the first half Tsim Neeg Vang blocked an extra point and the Magazine Rattlers took the game over in the second half on the way to a 46-20 win over Bigelow.
Magazine led 24-7 when Tatum Scott was picked off by Keithlin Brown, who returned it 54 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-14.
A sack and a fumble gave the Panthers (0-1) the ball back and Brown ran the quarterback draw for a 19-yard touchdown on the final play of the half to make it 24-20 but Vang blocked Ricardo Rangle’s PAT try.
The first play after the second half kickoff Caleb Hyatt rumbled for 32 yards and he got 8 more on the next carry to move the Rattlers (1-0) to the Panther 27-yard line — Hyatt would carry the ball 14 times for 141 yards on the night.
After a couple of 2-yard gains, Kaedon Trejo went 25 yards for a touchdown to make it 32-20 with Scott’s two-point conversion run.
Trejo ran for 95 yards in his first game as a Rattler.
A possession later the Rattlers got a 27-yard carry from Hyatt to move into the red zone and Hyatt finished the second 5-play drive of the quarter with a 2-yard run to make it 38-20.
Magazine’s third possession of the half became the back-breaker with Hyatt scoring his third touchdown of the night on another 2-yard run less than two minutes into the final quarter. Kobe Faughn ran for the two-point conversion and a 46-20 lead.
Rattler coaches used most of the rest of the game to spread the ball around to a total of 10 players carrying the ball and combining for 495 rushing yards.
Scott picked off a pass to kill Bigelow’s first drive and the Rattlers needed only four plays to break on top with Hyatt scoring from the 17.
John Jones capped Bigelow’s best drive of the night, which covered 12 plays, with a 6-yard touchdown to give the Panthers a 7-6 lead.
But, the Rattlers answered in three plays. Xeng Yang ran for 48 pf his 86 yards to set up a 10-yard run by Ashton Droemer to retake the lead at 12-7.
Scott ran 31 yards to cap an 80-yard drive one possession later and it was 18-7 and Droemer scored his second touchdown of the half on a 19-yard run to cap an 81-yard drive to push the advantage to 24-7.
Scott totaled 67 yards on eight carries.