Scrappers defeat Shiloh Christian, 48-23

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    Darius Hopkins runs towards the endzone with Saints defenders in pursuit. Hopkins had 143 yards on seven runs and scored two touchdowns.

    LUKE REEDER
    Sports Reporter
    NASHVILLE – Friday night the Nashville Scrapper football
    team faced off at home against the Shiloh Christian Saints
    in the second round of the 4A playoffs. Nashville was able
    to win in a convincing fashion by 25 points, 48-23. This was
    the first time any athletic team from Nashville had ever beat
    a team from Shiloh Christian.
    Nashville came out of the gate ready to play and their
    performance in the first half showed that they were playing
    to win. The first quarter was a slow quarter for both teams
    as the only score came with 7:52 to go in the quarter from
    Nashville running back Darius Hopkins. Hopkins was able to
    break through the Saints’ defense for his longest run of the
    game. After the 84 yard touchdown run Nashville held a 7-0
    lead that stayed constant through the first quarter.
    The next score of the game did not come until 7:51 left to
    play in the second quarter. Scrapper quarterback Leonard
    Snell was able to show off his running ability on the second
    longest run of the game. Snell scampered down the field 81
    yards for a touchdown to bring Nashville’s lead to 14-0. It
    took close to six and a half minutes till the Scrappers were
    able to score again. With 1:33 left in the first half, Nashville
    got the final score of the second quarter with the help of Trey
    Hughes and Snell. After his 81 yard run, Snell then showed
    off his throwing ability as Hughes was able to catch a 21 yard
    touchdown pass. This score gave Nashville a 21-0 lead as
    they went into the locker room for halftime.
    The Scrapper offense did not slow down after the break
    at halftime. They were the first to score in the third quarter
    with 8:14 left in the quarter Hopkins was able to get his sec-
    ond touchdown of the
    game after a 29 yard run.
    Nashville held onto their 28-0
    shutout of the Saints until
    4:45 left in the third quarter.
    The Scrappers answered
    with just 20 seconds left in
    the third quarter with another
    pass from Snell to Hughes
    for a 27 yard touchdown.
    Nashville held a 35-7 lead as
    the final quarter began.
    The fourth quarter was
    the highest scoring quarter
    of the game with four touchdowns.
    Nashville was the
    first to strike with a quick
    score as the quarter began.
    The Scrapper defense was
    able to come away with
    an interception on Shiloh’s
    opening drive of the fourth
    quarter. The Scrapper offense
    was then able to march
    down the field quickly and
    score on a three yard pass
    from Snell to Ty Pettway.
    Just 32 seconds into the
    fourth quarter Nashville
    built their lead up to 41-7.
    Pettway was able to score
    the next touchdown of the
    quarter with 7:14 left in the
    quarter. Pettway caught a 42
    yard pass from Snell for the
    final Scrapper touchdown
    of the game. Shiloh was able
    to score two touchdowns
    within a minute on a ten
    yard pass and a one yard
    run to end the game and
    bring the final score to 48-
    23. Snell was able to show
    his ability to make plays on
    both the ground and through
    the air against the Saints.
    Snell completed 13 of 18
    pass attempts for 135 yards
    and four touchdowns, he
    was also the second leading
    rusher for Nashville with 108
    yards on 11 runs. Hopkins
    led the team in rushing with
    143 yards on seven runs and
    scored two touchdowns.
    Hughes caught eight passes
    for 87 yards and two touchdowns
    and Pettway only
    caught two passes but both
    were for touchdowns.
    The Scrapper defense
    shined against Shiloh.
    Shaundell Scott led the team
    in tackles with seven and
    three assists. Michael Bevill
    and Terrell Grundy were
    close behind with six tackles
    apiece. Billy Stewart led the
    team in sacks with two and
    Deajeon Armstrong was able
    to snag the only interception
    of the game. This was the
    first win ever against Shiloh
    for Nashville but for head
    coach Mike Volarvich it was
    just another game, “To us it
    was just another game, but
    it is good for the school and
    the community,” Volarvich
    said. The Scrappers had a
    tremendous first half and
    in the second towards the
    end began to let the Saints
    score, “We played great the
    first half, but it is natural to
    let down towards the end
    and Shiloh is a good team
    and they had some players
    who showed up and made
    plays in the second half,”
    Volarvich explained.
    Nashville will rekindle a
    rivalry against the Warren
    Lumberjacks Friday night
    as the Scrappers travel to
    Warren for the quarterfinals
    of the playoffs.