Magazine rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Mountainburg 28-25 Friday night at Dragon Field in a key 2A-4 Conference game.
The win left Magazine (7-2, 6-1) in sole position of second place in the conference. Mountainburg (6-3, 5-3) will hold at third after Hackett (4-5, 4-3) defeated Johnson County Westside 49-26.
The Dragons scored on their first four possessions to build a 25-7 lead, but turned the ball over on six of their next seven possessions (one was to simply run out the first-half clock) to allow the Rattlers to come from behind and win.
“We had a chance to put them away, but we just didn’t get the job done,” said Mountainburg coach Tom Harrell. “I felt we had a good week of practice. We just didn’t quite make what happen, what we needed to happen.”
Offensively, the Dragons piled up 252 yards and nine first downs in the first half. In the second half, Mountainburg was limited to 69 yards and five first downs, but all four second-half possessions end with a turnover.
Magazine was only able to convert two turnovers into points as the team trailed 25-15 at the break with just 167 yards of offense and three first downs. The Rattlers finished with 305 yards thanks to 141 yards rushing, and two touchdowns, by senior quarterback Charly Moua.
The Dragons finished with 192 yards on the ground with sophomore Clayton Stephenson getting 11 carries for 64 yards. Senior quarterback Josh Skattebo had 55 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, after missing 11 consecutive offensive plays due to an injury. During that time, Mountainburg had just one touchdown to go up 25-7, but suffered three straight turnovers. Skattebo also completed 5-of-9 passing for 109 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Mountainburg freshman quarterback Quency Pixley, who led the junior high squad to an 8-1 finish this season, completed one 21-yard touchdown pass to Trey Allen.
Down 25-7, Magazine began it’s rally after grabbing the first turnover on the Dragon 37. Six plays later, Billy Yang scored on a one-yard jaunt, and Moua added the two-point conversion to cut the lead, 25-15 prior to halftime.
The Rattlers opened the second half with 65-yard run by Caleb Shelton to the Dragon 9. Jesse Canada punched it in from two yards out with 10:12 remaining.
Layton Robinson recovered a fumble for Magazine at the Rattler 45. A penalty tacked on to the end of five-yard run by Moua put the Rattlers on the Dragon 12. Three plays later, Moua punched it in for the final margin, 28-25, after the two-point conversion failed.
The Dragons built a 13-0 lead on a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by Skattebo. Moua broke free for a 74-yard run to cut the lead, 13-7 with 3:13 left in the first quarter.
Mountainburg added two more touchdowns. A 41-yard pass from Skattebo to Nolen and a 21-yard pass from Pixley to Allen as the Dragons led 25-7 at the 7:59 mark in the second quarter.
Magazine hosts Decatur next week, while the Dragons remain at home for a non-conference game against Pocola.