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Rattlers
run past Colts

Peoples, Malone
pace 2A Tanner

By Paul Stackhouse
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

CLEMENTS — On a warm and muggy Thursday night at M.T. Newman Stadium, Tanner High’s football team started the new season at full speed.

Behind the rushing of senior running backs Jarquise Peoples and Derrick Malone and a suffocating defense, the Class 2A Rattlers rolled to a 32-7 victory over 3A Clements.

Peoples picked up 132 yards on 14 carries, scoring one touchdown. Malone had 105 yards on 10 carries while scoring two touchdowns.

For the game, Tanner rolled up 294 yards of total offense, 289 of which came on the ground.

On defense, the Rattlers held the Colts to 12 yards rushing and 26 passing in the first half. Clements managed 137 yards for the game with most of the damage coming in the fourth quarter.

“I’d say just about everything we did was terrific,” Peoples said. “We knew we were going to play a good game and play hard, but I didn’t know we were going to play this well. I felt like before the game that we were going to win, I just didn’t know exactly how it was going to turn out.”

Tanner led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter on a 26-yard run by Malone.

In the second period, the Rattlers ran for three touchdowns en route to a 26-0 cushion at halftime.

Quarterback Dominique Randolph had two 1-yard touchdown runs, while Malone had a 4-yard touchdown run.

Peoples scored the Rattlers’ final touchdown on an 18-yard run in the third quarter.

Clements scored its only touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard pass from Jamison Bridges to Seth Bachelor.

“For the first game of the season, I would have to say we executed fairly well,” Tanner coach Laron White said. “Our defense played well, but I saw a lot of areas where we are going to need a lot of work.

“We’re going to look at the film and try to get better on both sides of the ball, but overall, I thought we did a pretty decent job.”

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