Scrappers shut-out Mena for 44-0 Homecoming victory

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    LUKE REEDER | The Nashville News
    Linebacker Ashton Nelson runs down the sideline after picking up a Mena Bearcat fumble in the first half a play Friday night. this was one of two Mena turnovers during the game.

    LUKE REEDER
    Sports Reporter
    NASHVILLE – The Nashville Scrapper Football Team took
    the field Friday against the Mena Bearcats and despite the rain
    and the mud that plagued the game, the Scrappers were able
    to shut out Mena 44-0 to improve their record to 8-0 and get a
    win on homecoming.
    In the first quarter, it seemed the rain would never stop
    falling and this caused for a few slips and spills on the field.
    The conditions were not favorable for either team but in the
    first quarter Nashville was able to manage on touchdown on
    a 59 yard pass from Leonard Snell to Trey Hughes. After the
    touchdown the extra point failed to make it into the uprights
    and the score was 6-0.
    The conditions refused to improve in the second quarter
    as the rain kept coming and the pace of the game slowed to
    an almost standstill. Each team was unable to drive the ball
    down the field before the defenses or the weather took over
    and stopped them in their tracks. The only points either team
    were able to manage in the second quarter was a 35 yard field
    goal for Nashville from the foot of Jose Hernandez, bringing
    the half time score to 9-0 in favor of Nashville.
    The second half of play was a complete opposite than the
    first for Nashville as they scored five touchdowns in the final
    two quarters. The rain slowed to a sprinkle in the third quarter
    and the Nashville offense took advantage of the break in the
    weather as they were able to score in the air and on the ground.
    De’Ajeon Armstrong was
    the first to score after catching
    a 55 yard touchdown
    pass from Snell. The running
    game then came alive for
    Nashville as Darius Hopkins
    and Trent Harris were able
    to score on a 38 and six
    yard run respectively. This
    brought the score to 30-0
    entering the fourth quarter.
    Early on in the fourth
    quarter a 44 yard touchdown
    pass from Snell to Hughes
    was able to put the Scrappers
    ahead 37-0.
    After this score the Mercy
    Rule took affect and the
    clock began to run continuously.
    This called for the second
    string team to be put in and
    they were also able to score
    after a 14 yard pass from
    Gabe Moorer to Ty Pettway
    to give the Scrappers a final
    score of 44-0.
    With the muddy conditions
    the Scrappers relied
    on the passing game more
    than usual. Snell was able to
    throw for 8/17 for 263 yards,
    three touchdowns and just
    one interception.
    Hopkins lead the team in
    rushing with one yard away
    from 100 yards on 11 runs.
    Even with the shutout Coach
    Mike Volarvich believed
    Mena had a strong game
    plan, “I think they came out
    with a pretty good game
    plan. We didn’t do some
    things very consistently in
    the first half and we came
    out a little flat. Give them a
    lot of credit because they
    came out and played a hard
    game.”
    Nashville had another
    game where the team in the
    first half looked different
    than the team in the second
    half, “I don’t know if I would
    label us that (A second half
    team) but it seems like that is
    the way it has been this year,
    we have done some good
    things in the second halves
    of games,” Coach Volarvich
    explained.
    Nashville will travel to
    Malvern next week to face
    off in a conference battle to
    keep their record unblemished.