Leopard

De Queen and Nashville first faced off on a football field in 1911. They will do it again at 7:30 p.m Friday on Bill Blackwood Field at Leopard Stadium.

Two years ago, Stephen Sloan got his first win as head De Queen coach with an upset of the Scrappers. The Leopards are hoping for a repeat.

It will not be easy. Nashville is off to a 2-0 start and is averaging 46 points per game.

Sloan noted the Scrappers have gone from pass happy to run crazy, alternating two quarterbacks and four running backs. He also pointed out "Across the board, they block really well."

De Queen's best hope is to keep the ball away from them. That may be difficult. De Queen alum Richard Strickland is now Nashville's defensive coordinator and has fashioned the defense in his own image.

"The defense will come right after you," said Sloan. "They show a lot of different formations. They mix it up very well."

"We have to control the ball, control the clock. We've got to quit fumbling the ball and clean up our turnovers and penalties. We cannot have special team mistakes.”

The keys to victory have not changed since the first time De Queen and Nashville took the field.

"It comes down to blocking and tackling," said Sloan. 

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