Giddens’ Fourth TD Ends Rattler Chances

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<p><strong>Gang tackle</strong>. Alex Elkins is ready to join Dustin Zimmer and Cheenew Yang on this tackle Friday.</p>
<p><strong>Running room</strong>. Abraham Dority is loose.</p>
<p><strong>Sack attack.</strong> Dustin Zimmer, (back), Billy Yang (28), Layton Robinson (4) and others sack Greenland quarterback Hunter Farrar Friday night. Zimmer had two sacks and caused a fumble.</p>

Magazine had its most success when it kept Greenland’s Calvin Giddens was not on the field.

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 — the PAT was blocked.

Yang would run for 122 yards on 19 carries to lead the Rattlers. Dustin Zimmers 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.