Hector went just 25 yards to put the finishing touches on a 33-8 win over the Magazine Rattlers in Hector Friday.
It wasn’t the first short field for the Wildcats. Hector had also scored on drives covering only 21, 50 and 48 yards.
For the night the Rattlers actually outgained the Wildcats 229-228.
The 21-yard drive which drew first blood for the Wildcats and came after a Rattler fumble, as would the 50-yard drive.
The touchdown on the 21-yard drive came on a fourth down and on the seventh play of the drive with Gus Nichols scoring from the 1.
Magazine (3-2, 2-1 Conference 2A-4) punted after reaching the Hector 36-yard line on the ensuing possession, starting a streak of three straight possessions to end in punts.
Hector (5-1, 4-0) then embarked on a 64-yard drive early in the second quarter that would make it 12-0. The drive took 10 plays and ended on a 20-yard scoring run by Tanner Gaines.
The Rattlers got a kickoff return by Charly Moua to the Hector 49, but the Rattlers fumbled the ball the next play and Hector took advantage of the half field to go in front 19-0 on an 8-yard run by Nichols.
Hector had a chance to do more damage after executing an onside kick but the Wildcats ran out of downs at the Magazine 33, but left Magazine time enough for a only one play before halftime.
A blocked punt early in the third quarter gave Hector the ball at the Rattler 11 but Alex Elkins recovered a Wildcat fumble a play later.
The Rattlers managed a first down before punting but got the ball back on a Jason Chambers interception and from there went 52 yards in seven plays to get on the board. Moua went 17 yards for the touchdown then hit Abraham Dority with a two point conversion pass to make it 19-8.
Moau led the way with 15 carries for 99 yards and he hit on 9 of 20 passes for another 88 yards.
An onside kick by the Rattlers was recovered after traveling just 8 yards and Hector overcame a holding penalty on the way to a touchdown pass from Gaines to Shawn Lusk to make it 26-8.
Magazine’s next possession ended in an interception and although the Wildcats did not score they ran down the clock until Magazine had no choice but to run a fourth down play from their 25 on their next possession.
After a pass fell incomplete, a 25-yard run by Nichols made it 33-8.
The Rattlers will be looking to bounce back Friday when they host Western Yell County. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.