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Rattlers strike for 36-0 win

Billy Yang ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and led the Magazine Rattler defense with 14 tackles, five solo, in a 36-0 win over Johnson County Westside Friday night in Coal Hill.

Yang wasn’t the only Rattler to have a big night. Quarterback Charly Moua added 109 yards and a touchdown, a fumble recovery and an interception, as Magazine (6-2, 5-1) ran for 357 yards against the Rebels and posted their second shutout in as many weeks.

Magazine was on the move on the game’s opening possession but a pitch from Moua to Mason Suttles went awry and Westside recovered.

Starting from their own 45 on their second possession the Rattlers took an 8-0 lead on a 19-yard Moua touchdown run and a two point conversion pass from Moua to Jason Chambers.

Playing in place of the injured Abraham Dority, Chambers chipped in 44 rushing yards and would later make his presence felt on defense.

He did that by forcing a Rebel fumble at the Rattler 15 which Moua recovered.

Magazine spent the next 14 plays going 85 yards to a 3-yard touchdown run by Jesse Canada on the first play of the second quarter. Caleb Shelton ran for a two point conversion to make it 16-0.

Shelton finished with 47 yards on the ground and Canada added 44.

JC Westside kept the ball the next 13 plays but came away with nothing due to a fumble at the Rattler 4.

Magazine would move out to their 45 before having to punt but they got the ball back on Westside’s third turnover, an interception by Moua just before halftime.

A fourth Westside turnover started the second half – Dustin Zimmer recovered a fumble at the Rebel 49.

Eleven plays later Yang went 4 yards for a touchdown and Shelton ran for an extra two for the second time to make it 24-0.

After a turnover on downs by the Rebels the Rattlers needed just three plays to score. Shelton started it with 28 yards and Yang got the last 21 to make it 30-0.

It didn’t stay that score for long because Chamber picked off a pass and took it back for a touchdown one play after the kickoff to make it 36-0.

A punt exchange used up most of the remaining time before the Rattler defense almost forced another turnover on a tackle by Caleb Beeler on the final play. Cody Lewis was ready to scoop the ball but it was blown dead.

The Rattlers will be on the road this week when they visit Mountainburg.

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