Immediate impact. John Christensen (75) teams with Caleb Shelton (14) on this tackle in Hackett Friday. Christensen caused a key fumble in Friday’s 27-6 Rattler win.
The Hackett Hornets were within 3 yards and an extra point away from a tie game late in the first half when John Christensen forced a fumble.
Magazine (2-1) went on to open a 20-0 lead on the way to a 27-6 win over the Hornets in Magazine’s Conference 2A-4 opener. Hackett falls to 0-3 and 0-2.
On the field for the first time this season due to an non-academic eligibility issue Christensen recorded 9.5 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss from his linebacker position.
The Rattlers had taken a 7-0 lead following a fumble caused by Layton Robinson and recovered by Jessie Canada.
Billy Yang went 34 yards to paydirt on the next snap and Robinson added the point after with 8:34 left in the first half.
Magazine got the ball back again on another fumble recovery by Alex Elkins but were forced to punt.
Hackett then moved from its own20-yard line to the Rattler 3 before the fumble Abraham Dority returned to the Hornet 44.
Hackett had another chance to draw even early in the third quarter because an errant punt snap resulted in a 21-yard loss to the Rattler 37.
The Hornets got to the Rattler 4 but a field goal try was wide and Magazine took over on their 20 and went 80 yards in nine plays. Charly Moua went 21 yards for the touchdown to make it 14-0 with 1:56 left in the third quarter.
Moua wasn’t done. He would finish the night with 138 yards on 18 carries.
Magazine survived a fumble of its own on their next possession and Moua went 45 yards for his second touchdown to make it 20-0 – Robinson misfired on the PAT.
Hackett responded with a quick three-play drive to make it 20-6 and the Hornets followed that up by successfully executing an onside kick.
Three plays later Keith Dority’s came down with an interception just before going out of bounds at the Rattler 19.
From there Magazine went 81 yards to put the game away. Moua and Yang, who finished with 17 carries for 112 yards, ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 3:58 remaining and Magazine was up 27-6.
Magazine wrapped up the night when Jason Chambers intercepted his second Hornet pass of the night. Chambers had picked off a pass in the first quarter but the Rattlers turned the ball over on downs at the Hornet 22.
The Rattlers will be at home this week when they host Union Christian Academy. UCA comes into the game off a second straight conference win, 37-6 over Johnson County Westside.