September 25, 2011 by wcobserver
By Brent Harrison
GREENLAND – After its victory last week over Union Christian, Greenland continued its winning ways against a familiar foe in Mansfield, winning 42-13 this past Friday.
Last year, the two teams met twice in the regular season and while each recorded a win, the Tigers ended Greenland’s season in the second round of the playoffs with a 24-7 victory.
“This is the third time that we’ve played them in a year so it’s getting to be a bit of a rivalry,” Greenland coach Lee Larkan said. “We felt like we were the better team last November but we just didn’t play well.”
“We didn’t play great [Friday] night but we didn’t make as many mistakes and were able to put a few points on the board.”
This time, Greenland (2-0) didn’t beat itself as it turned the ball over only once. Larkan said the defense was the brightest, bright spot in the win.
“The defense was probably the biggest thing in the whole game for us,” he said. “They did what we asked them to do.
“Actually, their biggest play was when they fumbled, picked it up and ran for a while. I told one of our coaches that ‘we hadn’t prepared for that.’ The things we did prepare for, they did a really good job of stopping.”
Before the season began, one of the Pirates’ biggest question marks was who would replace graduated All-State tailback Anthony McCool.
The Pirates may have found an every-down running back for a while. Sophomore Calvin Giddens ran for 141 yards on nine carries in the opener against Union Christian. Against Mansfield, Giddens continued his tear, carrying 21 times for 146 and two scores. He upped his touchdown total to six on the year with four scores versus the Tigers.
First-year quarterback Darian Froud also turned in a solid game completing five passes in 12 attempts for 78 yards. Coming off a 164 yard, 2 touchdown game in the opener, Froud and Senior split end Slayd Harney connected on a scoring toss against the Tigers.
Outscoring its opponents by a combined 89-34 in its first two contests, the Pirates still have room for improvement according to Larkan.
“We’ve got a long way to go but I think the potential is there to get better,” he said. “We’ve got to get better on several fronts. I think though we have a chance to be a decent team.”
In the midst of a three-game road trip, the Pirates will see how it fairs this week with a game in Pea Ridge (2-0).
“Pea Ridge has whipped us the last two years in a row,” Larkan said. “So they’ve kind of got our number. The Pea Ridge guys have done a good job against us and we have to figure out how to beat them somehow.”