NASHVILLE — De Queen did not pull an upset at Nashville, but the game ended on an up note for the Leopards.
With less than :20 left and the ball at midfield, Tye Lindsey caught a pass on a crossing pattern and reaching the NHS two with :04 on the clock. After a Leopard timeout, Garrett Matthews faked to Donyea Whitmore and went around the right side, struggling into the end zone with no time left. The first TD for the Leopards spread offense made the final 48-6.
Nashville, preseason rated as one of the top class 4A teams was as good as advertised with a multi-threat offense and a swarming defense.
The Scrappers got on the scoreboard on a three yard run by Dontrelle Robinson a minute and a half into the game. An 18 yard run by Keyshawn Stewart with 6:42 in the quarter gave Nashville a 14-0 lead to start the second. The score was 41-0 at the half before a last NHS TD in the third.
The Leopards moved the ball at times. Whitmore rushed for 87 yards on 20 carries, including a 36 yard run.
Matthews completed five of 17 passes for 117 yards.
Lindsey had two receptions for 81 yards. Charles Wood had two catches for 39 yards, include on play of 20 yards. Wood had two kickoff returns for 45 yards including a 36 yard effort. Dylan Williamson had one catch for a loss of three yards.
Junior end Enrique Hernandez led the defense with 10 tackles, including three for lost yards and was in on a sack with Jose Cortes.
Gage Woods and Javian Hernandez had five stops each. Jorge Vega had four, including one for a loss.
Williamson, Jesus Marrufo, Justin Long and Lindsey each had three tackles. Dale Barnett made two stops and intercepted a pass in the end zone with a return of 13 yards.
Brandon Perez and Kaden Ahumada had one tackle each.
The Leopards are set to play their fourth and final non-conference game Friday — but not at Fouke as originally scheduled. Several FHS players are now under quarantine after one tested positive for covid 19.
De Queen will still face a purple and gold clad opponent, but it will be at Centerpoint. Although the schools have played in other sports, this will be first football game between the two.
CHS uses an odd front defense similar to what De Queen has faced in two of its games. The offense is much like Ashdown’s. “This is the first year Ashdown has run it,” Leopard coach Brad Chesshir noted. “Centerpoint has run this for years and years.”
De Queen’s schedule includes an open date on Oct. 2. The Fouke cancellation would have given the Leopards two open dates in three weeks.
“We’re very fortunate to find Centerpoint,” Chesshir said. “Our kids don’t have clue who they’re playing, but they are happy to have a game.”
Centerpoint High School is located on Ark. 8 in the Rosboro community, approximately halfway between Glenwood and Amity. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.