The Magazine Little League Rattlers took a trip north on Saturday, September 28th to challenge the Mountainburg Dragons in a scale scraping showdown. Both programs have shown incredible growth in the early season games while jockeying for playoff positions and neither were willing to back down.
The Rattlers 3rd and 4th grade was first on the gridiron as they pushed the Dragons to their limits but ended the game in a 6-0 loss. Magazines defense showed Mountainburg that even small snakes are dangerous as they stuffed the Dragons attempts to run away with the game. Even though the Rattlers didn’t cross into the end zone, they were able to eat up plenty of yards during their match.
“Our defense played lights out on Saturday night. Gunner Parent, Austin Scott, and Braxton Canada led the way for us. Mark Argueta even recovered a fumble to shift the momentum at one point in the game. We had one long run, and stumbled in the red zone and couldn’t get it done. We ran out of time. Not one kid went home with their heads down after allowing only 6 points. We will finish working out these kinks and get back to work,” 3rd and 4th grade coach Cody Shelton explained.
Magazines 5th and 6th grade continued the dominance of their WCFL opponents with a 30-8 blowout of Mountainburg. The Rattlers were again firing on all cylinders on offense scoring at will with big runs against the Dragons. With multiple backs touching the football, the Dragons weren’t able to zone in on just one player to tackle. Defensively, Magazine stuffed the line of scrimmage against Mountainburg plowing into the Dragon backfield and slaying anyone with the ball. The big win had the Rattlers walking off the mountain with their undefeated record unblemished.
Magazine 5th and 6th grade coach, Charly Moua said “Every week is always a working progress. Defensively, we did our job and forced Mountainburg to punt most of their possessions. Our running backs, Conner and Brycen, had a great day scoring some long touchdowns. Fullback Cha Kong had multiple long runs throughout the game as well.”
The Rattlers will travel up north again on October 5th to take on the Cedarville Pirates. Both Magazine teams are currently in the hunt for WCFL playoff spots. Even though the Rattlers are on a roll, they know the Pirates could be setting a snake snare for them so they aren’t overlooking this game.