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Rattlers drop opener to Greenland, 27-18

Magazine had its most success when it kept Greenland’s Calvin Giddens off the field in last Friday’s opening game of the 2013 football season.

Giddens, who ran for 233 yards on 22 carries, had given the Pirates a 20-6 lead. The Rattlers scored on the next two possessions to get within 20-18.

When Giddens got back on the field he scored a fourth touchdown and the Pirates (1-0) won the season opener for both schools, 27-18.

After Giddens went 64 yards to make it 20-6 the Rattlers dodged a bullet when a Charlie Moua interception was wiped out by a roughing the passer flag.

Magazine (0-1) took advantage of the prolonged possession when Moua rumbled 26 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-14.

Layton Robinson’s onside kcik was recovered by Magazine’s Alex Elkins and Magazine kept the ball the next eight plays, overcoming a holding penalty in the process, and scoring on a 45-yard Abraham Dority to Keith Dority pass on the first play of the final quarter.

A try for two, and a tie failed.

Magazine would force a punt to give themselves a chance to take the lead. A 28-yard run by Abraham Dority got the ball to midfield but gave the ball up on downs at the Pirate 41-yard line four plays later.

Giddens scored the next play and with the PAT it was 27-18.

Underscoring another problem for the Rattlers, Abraham Dority was intercepted on Magazine’s next two possessions. Magazine had five turnovers in the game.

Greenland took a 7-0 lead on a 42-yard Giddens run but a 53-yard run by Billy Yang got the Rattlers within 7-6.

Yang would run for 122 yards on 19 carries to lead the Rattlers. Lee Simmers led the defense with a fumble caused and two sacks.

Following a Rattler fumble Giddens took a pass from Hunter Farrar 44 yards for a touchdown and it was 13-6 at the intermission.

Magzine would lose another fumble before the break but was able to keep it a one-score game through halftime.

Giddens’ 64-yard jaunt on the first Pirate offensive play of the second half made it 20-6.

The Rattlers will open their home slate on Friday when Quitman visits. Quitman lost 48-12 to Augusta last week.

When the schools met a year ago the game was shortened to less than a quarter due to inclement weather. While the 6-0 decision by the Bulldogs went down as a loss for the Rattlers, a new rule adopt0d by Arkansas Activities Association members this summer would not recognize the game as a final because the first half was not completed.

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