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Nashville Scrappers lead early, take 47-8 win over De Queen

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Louie Graves of the News-Leader presents the Saline River Walking Stick to the Scrappers following their 47-8 victory over De Queen Friday night at Scrapper Stadium. Nashville has won the stick 16 of the 17 times it has been presented.

By John R. Schirmer
News-Leader staff

The outcome was never in doubt Friday night as the Nashville Scrappers inaugurated their new synthetic turf field at Scrapper Stadium with a 47-8 win over De Queen.

Nashville (2-0) scored early and often to earn the win and retain possession of the Saline River Walking Stick, a traveling trophy awarded annually to the winner of the contest with De Queen. The Scrappers have won the trophy 16 of the 17 times it has been presented.

“We did some good things. We scored early and led 40-0 at halftime. I’m happy with the way our starters played,” Coach Mike Volarvich said.

Trent Harris opened the scoring for Nashville on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. Jose Hernandez’s PAT was no good, making the score 6-0.

Darius Hopkins followed with a 1-yard TD run. Hernandez made the PAT for a 13-0 lead.

Ty Pettway closed out the scoring in the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Hanson. The extra point was good, and Nashville led 20-0.

Hopkins picked up another score early in the second quarter, this one on a 43-yard pass from Hanson. With the PAT, Nashville led 27-0.

TK Hopkins added the next touchdown for the Scrappers on a 1-yard run. Hernandez made the extra point for a 34-0 lead.

Harris wrapped up the first half scoring on a 7-yard run. The PAT missed, making the halftime score 40-0 Nashville.

The only touchdown in the second half came on a 31-yard pass from Hanson to Pettway in the third quarter. Hernandez added Nashville’s final point of the night for a 47-0 lead.

The Leopards scored late in the game on a 20-yard run and made the 2-point conversion for a 47-8 final.

On offense, “With our one group, we scored on 7 of 7 drives. They’ve scored on 16 of 16 on the season,” Volarvich said.

Hanson completed 16 of 17 passes for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Darius Hopkins was the leading rusher with 5 carries for 44 yards and a TD.

TK Hopkins had 8 carries for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Harris ran the ball 6 times for 29 yards and 2 TDs.

Garrett Lance added 1 run for 21 yards.

Zach Jamison was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 59 yards.

Pettway caught the ball 4 times for 64 yards and 2 TDs.

Darius Hopkins had 1 catch for 43 yards and a score.

Jhalon Finley, CJ Spencer and Dominick Kight had 2 catches each for 36, 24 and 16 yards, respectively.

“I’m happy with our ball distribution. We had 8 players with 2 or more touches. A total of 14 players total touched the ball,” according to Volarvich.

“Defensively, the coaches did a good job of game planning to let our guys be successful,” Volarvich said. “We held De Queen to 15 yards in the first half, with 6 sacks in the first half. You can’t ask for better football than that.”

Austin Gibbs was the leading tackler with 9 tackles, 2 assists and 2 sacks.

Hunter White had 8 tackles, 6 assists, 2 sacks and a tackle for a loss.

Garrett Gordon recorded 7 tackles and 5 assists.

Xavier Nunally had 6 tackles, 3 assists, a sack and a TFL.

Mace Green added 4 tackles, 2 assists, a sack and a TFL.

Dennis Scott picked off a De Queen pass.

The Scrappers played everybody Friday night, Volarvich said. “It was good to see the young guys out there.”

The Scrapper band performs during halftime Friday night at Scrapper Stadium.
The Scrapper band performs during halftime Friday night at Scrapper Stadium.
Coach Mike Volarvich presents a picture of Scrapper Stadium to thurf donor Dr. Tim Bainum of Diamond Bank as Bob Jamison watches before Friday's game. All of the turf sponsors were recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
Coach Mike Volarvich presents a picture of Scrapper Stadium to thurf donor Dr. Tim Bainum of Diamond Bank as Bob Jamison watches before Friday’s game. All of the turf sponsors were recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
Trent Harris goes over the Leopard to score.
Trent Harris goes over the Leopard to score.
Zach Jamison (13) makes his way around the Leopard defenders during the Scrappers' 47-8 win over De Queen Friday night at Scrapper Stadium.
Zach Jamison (13) makes his way around the Leopard defenders during the Scrappers’ 47-8 win over De Queen Friday night at Scrapper Stadium.
Senior cheerleaders McKenzie Morphew, Nicole Dodson, Chelsey Hile, and Asia Harris make sure the stick is taken care of after the game.
Senior cheerleaders McKenzie Morphew, Nicole Dodson, Chelsey Hile, and Asia Harris make sure the stick is taken care of after the game.
Xavier Nunally (22) makes the tackle Friday night.
Xavier Nunally (22) makes the tackle Friday night.
Dominick Kight (3) moves the ball.
Dominick Kight (3) moves the ball.
Nashville defenders pursue the De Queen ball carrier Friday night during the Scrappers' non-conference victory over the Leopards. Nashville is 2-0 on the season; De Queen is 1-1.
Nashville defenders pursue the De Queen ball carrier Friday night during the Scrappers’ non-conference victory over the Leopards. Nashville is 2-0 on the season; De Queen is 1-1.
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