Held At Dover
Originally scheduled to be a Tuesday affair, the Magazine Rattlers scrimmaged JV squads of Dover and Lamar on Monday last week.
Head coach Doug Powell said he saw plenty of things to be happy about from his 19-man roster.
In true coach form, he also saw things he didn’t like at all from a team trying to bounce back from a 2-6, or 4-6 campaign depending upon perspective.
Powell doesn’t really want to count the two wins over JV opponents but they have been recognized in league standings and no doubt played into league coaches picking the Rattlers to finish fifth in the league.
That and last year’s 9-0 junior high squad that sent several sophomores to the Friday night lights, many of which had a big night in Dover. Among them, Caleb Hyatt found the end zone for the Rattlers during a set of scripted plays against the host Pirates.
Dover would post a pair of scores in their play set.
On the second play of a timed quarter of play against Dover, Luke Short recovered a fumbled pitch and Magazine went on to score a touchdown on a run by quarterback Trevor Blake. Hyatt reached the end zone again on a two point conversion try.
The Rattlers got a second turnover against the Pirates when Blake tipped a pass and Xeng Yang picked it off.
During a quarter of play against Lamar Powell said it wasn’t as much that the Rattlers were often outmatched but they became fatigued and surrendered a couple of big plays.
The Rattlers will open the season Friday by hosting Class 2A state champion Mount Ida.
The Jr. Rattlers also face Mount Ida, but must make the trip to the Lions Thurdsay night to do so.