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.