The Cubs came close, but could not get the winning touchdown in the closing minutes. De Queen fell to Nashville 34-30 in the junior high football season opener Aug. 29.
The Cubs scored on their first possession. Tye Lindsey returned the game opening kickoff 30 yards to the Nashville 49. On the ninth play from scrimmage Lindsey scored from the two. Lindsey then caught a pass from Garrett Matthews for the 2-point conversion and 8-0 lead with 4:57 left in the first quarter.
Nashville got on the board less than 90 seconds later when Eric Grigsby went 81 yards to score. The PAT kick was wide leaving the Cubs up by two.
The lead got bigger in a hurry. On the first play following the kickoff, Donyea Whitmore went around the left side for a 65 scoring run to put the Cubs ahead 14-6. Lindsey swept the right side for another two point conversion to make it 16-6 with 3:01 remaining in the first quarter.
Nashville’s second TD came on the last play of the first quarter when Grigsby ran down the left sideline from 31 yards out. Again the kick was wide; De Queen still led 16-12.
The visitors took the lead with 3:29 remaining in the half when Grigsby ran 21 yards. He kept for a successful two point conversion to make the count 20-16.
The visitors’ lead went to 10 when Grigsby scored on a 17 yard run with 2:08 in the half. The kick was wide once more.
Whitmore score on the final play of the half, a 79 yard run with the buzzer sounding along the way. The try for two was stopped to leave Nashville with a 26-22 lead at the half.
The Cub defense stopped Nashville on the first possession of the second half. Memo Ambriz make a tackle for a loss of three yards on first down. Tight coverage by Ezequil Escobedo on both third and fourth downs forced incompletions to give the Cubs possession at the Nashville 42.
De Queen ground out the yards for a first and goal at the four. On the sixth play of the drive Whitmore powered in to give the Cubs a 28-26 lead. Whitmore went in for two more points that made it 30-26 with 3:05 to go in the third.
Grigsby struck again, scoring on a 31 yard run then carrying for a two point conversion to put Nashville up 34-32 with 2:25 in the third quarter.
The Cubs reached the Nashville 44 early in the fourth before failing to convert a fourth and 18.
The defense forced a punt that rolled to the De Queen 23. Using Whitmore’s running, De Queen got the the Nashville 42 before their drive stalled with 1:15 on the game clock.
De Queen rushed for 333 yards on 33 carries. The Cubs had the ball 20:57 to Nashville’s 11:03.
The Cubs will play at home again when they host Mena Thursday.