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Scrappers rally from 3-touchdown deficit to take 56-51 victory over Ashdown

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Coach Mike Volarvich talks to the Scrappers following their 56-51 win Friday night at Ashdown. The Scrappers were down 28-7 at the end of the first quarter but began their comeback in the second to take the District 7-4A win.

By John R. Schirmer
News-Leader staff

ASHDOWN – Trailing 28-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Nashville Scrappers outscored Ashdown 49-23 the rest of the game for a 56-51 conference win over the Panthers.

Scrapper team captains Mace Green, Jordan Summers, Dalton Smead and CJ Spencer line up on the field at Ashdown.
Scrapper team captains Mace Green, Jordan Summers, Dalton Smead and CJ Spencer line up on the field at Ashdown.

Ashdown struck first on a 56-yard run. The PAT put the Panthers on top 7-0.

The Scrappers (7-0, 4-0 District 7-4A) responded with a 7-yard scoring run by Darius Hopkins, the first of 7 touchdowns for the senior. Jose Hernandez kicked the first of 8 extra points to tie the game at 7-7.

The remainder of the first quarter belonged to the Panthers (5-2, 3-1) as they scored on passes of 17, 20 and 20 yards.

Nashville closed the gap on 2 second-quarter scoring drives. Harris ran the ball in from the 10, and Hopkins scored on an 8-yard run to pull the Scrappers within a touchdown at 28-21.

However, the Panthers hit a 67-yard TD pass on the next series and extended their lead to 35-21.

Hopkins again closed the gap to 1 touchdown on a 17-yard scoring run.

Just as they did before, the Panthers came back with a 33-yard TD pass for a 42-28 lead.

Hopkins caught a 74-yard TD scoring pass from Tyler Hanson and sent the Scrappers into halftime with some momentum as they pulled to within 1 score at 42-35.

In the third quarter, Hopkins tied the game at 42-42 on a 3-yard run. Later in the quarter, he gave the Scrappers their first lead of the night on a 43-yard run. With Hernandez’s PAT, Nashville went on top 49-42.

Near the end of the quarter, Ashdown tied the contest with a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Scrapper offensive linemen clear the way for Darius Hopkins (12) on the fourth quarter drive which ended with Hopkins scoring the game-winning touchdown in Nashville's 56-51 come-from-behind victory.
Scrapper offensive linemen clear the way for Darius Hopkins (12) on the fourth quarter drive which ended with Hopkins scoring the game-winning touchdown in Nashville’s 56-51 come-from-behind victory.
Panther defender Montaric Brown (3)goes over Scrapper ball carrier Zack Jamison Friday night at Ashdown.
Panther defender Montaric Brown (3)goes over Scrapper ball carrier Zack Jamison Friday night at Ashdown.

 

Hopkins put the Scrappers ahead to stay in the fourth quarter with a 7-yard scoring run that made the score 56-49, Nashville.

Ashdown added a safety in the closing seconds for the final margin of 56-51.

For the game, Hanson completed 13 of 19 passes for 143 yards, 1 touchdown and an interception.

Hopkins was the leading receiver with 4 catches for 88 yards and 1 touchdown.

CJ Spencer (7) tries to get past Ashdown defender Tajhnick Bishop during the Scrappers' 56-51 District 7-4A victory Friday night.
CJ Spencer (7) tries to get past Ashdown defender Tajhnick Bishop during the Scrappers’ 56-51 District 7-4A victory Friday night.

CJ Spencer had 3 receptions for 22 yards. Zach Jamison had 2 catches for 19 yards, and Dominick Kight caught theball twice for 11 yards.

Hopkins was the leading rusher with 26 carries for 215 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Harris had 17 carries for 160 yards and a TD.

On defense, Dennis Scott had 8 solo tackles and 1 assist. Hunter White had 7 solo tackles with 4 assists and 2 tackles for losses.

Mace Green recorded 6 solo tackles, 2 assists and a tackle for a loss.

Trent Harris (6) runs through a hole created by Justin Bean (65), Austin Bowman (55), Kirby Adcock (79), and Triston Rhodes (58).
Trent Harris (6) runs through a hole created by Justin Bean (65), Austin Bowman (55), Kirby Adcock (79), and Triston Rhodes (58).
Kalob Carpenter (32) goes for the tackle on Ben Birtcher late in Friday night’s Scrapper victory over Ashdown.
Kalob Carpenter (32) goes for the tackle on Ben Birtcher late in Friday night’s Scrapper victory over Ashdown.
Scrapper defenders leave the field after recovering an Ashdown fumble in the closing seconds Friday night.
Scrapper defenders leave the field after recovering an Ashdown fumble in the closing seconds Friday night.

Jordan Summers had 6 total tackles, Xavier Nunally 4, Kailus Hughes 6, Ty Pettway 5, Davion Holmes 4, Michael Bevill 3 tackles and a TFL, Kight 5, Jordan White 2, Kirby Adcock 2 tackles and a sack, Garrett Gordon 2, Robert Dunham 2 and Triston Rhodes 1.

Hunter White intercepted 1 Panther pass and recovered 2 fumbles. Spencer had 1 fumble recovery.

Hopkins returned 1 kickoff for 50 yards.

The Scrappers ran 63 plays, compared to 71 for Ashdown.

Nashville had 518 yards total offense, including 143 passing and 375 receptions.

The Scrappers were penalized 9 times for 72 yards. Ashdown had 9 penalties for 81 yards.