Scrappers secure conference seat with defeat of Leopards

    Luke Reeder
    Sports Reporter
    Friday night the Nashville
    Scrappers faced off against
    the Malvern Leopards at Malvern
    in a game that would ultimately
    decide who would be
    the holder of the number one
    spot in the 7-4A conference.
    With the conference on
    the line the Nashville Scrappers
    showed up at Malvern
    with their “A” game on both
    offense and defense as they
    were able to cruise to an easy
    56-14 victory.
    Just minutes into the game
    the Malvern Leopards were
    able to get on the score board
    first after an 18 yard touchdown
    pass but they were
    unable to make the extra
    point attempt. This would be
    the only time Malvern led in
    the game. Barely two minutes
    later, with 6:15 seconds left
    in the first quarter, Nashville
    was able to grab the lead as
    quarterback Leonard Snell
    was able to find his way to
    the end zone after a 38 yard
    run. With the kick from Sergio
    Pacheco the score became
    7-6. With just a minute to play
    in the quarter Darius Hopkins
    was able to score on a 23 yard
    touchdown run and build
    Nashville’s lead to 14-6 as the
    first quarter expired.
    Nashville had a big second
    quarter as they were able to
    score four touchdowns and
    hold Malvern to only one
    touchdown. Trey Hughes
    started the scoring off for the
    Scrappers with 8:20 left in the
    quarter, Hughes was able to
    grab a 34 yard pass from Snell
    to give Nashville a 21-6 lead.
    Less than forty seconds later
    Malvern showed signs of life
    as they scored on a 59 yard
    pass. After the touchdown
    the Leopards converted on
    a two point conversion and
    brought the Nashville lead to
    only seven points. Nashville
    began stacking on their lead
    again with another touchdown
    run for Snell, this one
    being from 20 yards out and
    with 6:46 left in the half Nashville
    had gained a 28-14 lead.
    Less than a minute later the
    Scrappers were able to find
    the end zone again on the
    legs of Andrew Hawthorne to
    bring the lead to 35-14. With
    45 seconds left in the half
    Hughes was able to catch his
    second and last pass of the
    game and this one like the
    first went for a touchdown.
    After the 41 yard touchdown
    pass and a missed extra point
    attempt the Scrappers were
    able to go into halftime with
    a 41-14 lead.
    The second half only had
    two touchdowns occur in it
    as Trent Harris scored on
    a 35 yard run with 9:21 left
    in the third and with that
    score Nashville was up 35
    points and the Mercy Rule
    started the clock. De’Ajeon
    Armstrong scored the final
    touchdown of the game in
    the fourth quarter with a 64
    yard run with 10:50 left in
    the game.
    The Nashville defense
    was able to stop Malvern
    early and never let up on
    their pressure. Billy Stewart
    had a big impact on the
    game on the defensive side
    of the ball as he was able to
    lead the Nashville defense in
    both tackles and sacks with
    six tackles and a game high
    three sacks. The defense was
    also able to force the only
    turnover of the game in the
    form of a fumble that was
    recovered by Austin Gibbs
    for Nashville.
    Offensively Hopkins led
    the team in rushing with 108
    yards on 13 runs with one
    touchdown. Close behind
    was Harris and Snell who
    both had 91 yards rushing.
    Though he only caught two
    passes and both were for
    touchdowns, Hughes was
    able to lead the receiving
    category with 75 yards. Snell
    was able to also play a role in
    the passing game as he completed
    four of seven passes
    for 92 yards and two passes
    went for touchdowns.
    Snell has been able to be
    more of a threat in the passing
    game and he attributes
    this to gaining trust in his receivers,
    “I believe I have become
    a better passer, I have
    grown to trust my receivers
    and now I feel I’m just where
    I want to be as a team player
    in the quarterback position.”
    With the help of Snell and
    the rest of the Scrappers, the
    team is now undefeated and
    have the only perfect record
    in the conference and Snell
    described that as a great
    feeling and a blessing to be
    able to be undefeated.
    Nashville will have their
    Senior Night this week as
    they face off against Bauxite
    at home.