If it could go wrong for head coach Doug Powell and Magazine in a scrimmage in Mansfield last Tuesday night, it probably did, repeatedly.
At the end of the night the scoreboard read 40-0, but single touchdowns were scored in each of two controlled portions of the scrimmage one by the first team offense during a 10-minute session in which each offense ran as many plays as time permitted with results taken as they occurred and a second by the Tiger second team in an eight-play session.
That left a 28-0 single quarter of live play in which the Rattlers were penalized for holding on their first play. It went south from there.
After the scrimmage Powell said he was disappointed in just about everything. Even before grading the film he said he knew blocks were missed, the wrong people were blocked, routes were incorrect. That was on top of a couple holding penalties along with a procedure infraction and another for 12 men on the field — there was at least one other play when only 10 were in position.
Before the 12 minutes ended the Rattlers had turned the ball over three times in five minutes and although Deven Whitson recovered a Tiger fumble later, Magazine turned it over for a fourth time a play later.
Mansfield scored after all four Rattler turnovers.
It was an interception of Charly Moua that preceded a 40-yard scoring run by Jeremy Bartlett, a fumble by Billy Yang set up a 12-yard touchdown run by Bo Patterson in what was a one play drive.
Jason Chambers ripped off a 14-yard run to start Magazine’s next possession but Caleb Hattabaugh would return an interception of Moua 35 yards for a touchdown with 7:08 left in the quarter.
Moua ran 20 yards for a first down on the ensuing possession and he followed that up with a run of 12 yards but the Rattlers turned the ball over on downs at the Tiger 37.
Mansfield moved to the Rattler 18 but fumbled with 1:03 left. Moua’s third interception gave the Tigers the ball back.
Caleb Shelton threw Patterson for a 5-yard loss on the next play but Christian Mason went 20 for a touchdown with 7.5 second to go and Patterson added his forth straight point after kick.
Bartlett had run 37 yards for a touchdown during the 10-minute session. Magazine’s best plays during that session were back-to-back 10 and 9 yard runs by Abraham Dority and Jesse Canada.
Magazine will open the 2013 season this Friday with a trip to Greenland. The Pirates, a Class 3A school like Mansfield, beat the Rattlers 35-0 in the 2012 season opener.