By John R. Schirmer
With the Homecoming victory over Joe T. Robinson behind them, the Nashville Scrappers will face another District 7-4A showdown this Friday night at Ashdown. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Scrappers (6-0, 3-0) will meet the Panthers (5-1, 3-0) with the conference lead on the line.
The Panthers’ only loss came against Hamburg in a non-conference game last month. The Lions defeated Ashdown 24-23 on a last-second field goal.
Ashdown’s offense is averaging 31 points per game, according to Scrapper Coach Mike Volarvich. The defense is allowing 14 points per game.
“They have a good football team,” Volarvich said. “Anytime you’re halfway through the district undefeated, you’re a good team. Ashdown has as much talent as anybody in the state.”
Before the season started, the Panther coaching staff said the team has five Division 1 recruits. “I don’t know of another team in the state that can say that,” Volarvich said.
Leading the list of D-1 prospects is Montaric Brown, the number one recruit in the state, Volarvich said. Brown has committed to Arkansas.
Another Panther has been offered scholarships in baseball and football by Louisiana-Monroe.
The Panthers “are very talented. They were the pre-season number 2 in the conference,” Volarvich said. “They do a good job. They throw for over 250 yards per game. They have some explosive playmakers.”
Quarterback Jaden Hill has completed 94 of 168 passes for 1,515 yards, 14 TDs and 3 interceptions.
Tre Green has run the ball 67 times for 377 yards and 4 TDs.
Tajhnick Bishop has 27 pass receptions for 327 yards and 5 TDs. Brown has 24 receptions for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Nashville leads the series 50-17. The Scrappers defeated Ashdown last year 37-18. They hold a 22-9 advantage in games played at Ashdown.
The Scrappers are staying with their normal routine this week, just as they did during Homecoming Week as they prepared for Robinson.
There are a couple of differences, Volarvich said. “We’re back on the road. We have to prepare for travel. This will be our only game of the season on a grass field.”
The Scrappers “are excited. This game is for first place in the conference. It’s a big game for us,” Volarvich said.