NASHVILLE — A combination of Leopard turnovers and Scrapper speed made for a long night for De Queen. Nashville rolled to a 63-7 win Sept. 7.
The visitors lost the ball five times — four fumbles and an interception. Highly unusual for a Nashville team, the Scrappers ran the ball more than they threw it — 30 rushes to 18 passes. Nashville scored only once through the air, but with a bevy of fast backs, the running game worked well.
Ty Gordon scored on a two yard run for the game’s first points. Small holes turned into long runs for the home team. Keshawn Stewart had a 46 yard touchdown and Carmillias Morrison a 48 yard TD in the first quarter.
Trailing 22-0, De Queen’s lone touchdown came on the first play following the ensuing kickoff.
Isaiah Williamson threw deep to Hayden Harp sprinting down the right sideline behind the defense for a 70 yard score. Edward Garcia kicked the PAT to cut the gap to 22-7.
The Leopards then forced a punt on the following Nashville possession and began a drive at their 36. They reached the Nashville 36 then stalled. A screen pass to Mack Carver on fourth and 10 was stopped half a yard short of the first down stick on the third play of the second quarter.
The second quarter defined the game. Nashville then moved the ball to the De Queen 38. A quick screen pass to Devay Ragland covered the remainder of the distance and the lead went to 29-7.
Nashville put up three more TD’s before half time. Stewart scored on a five yard run, Morrison on a 35 yard run and Jakobe Jefferson on an eight yard run. The lead at half time had grown to 49-7.
Jefferson scored again on a 28 yarder in the third quarter. Quincy Garland went in from 35 yards in the fourth.
Nashville’s defense flooded the line of scrimmage to take away De Queen’s ground game. Williamson completed five of 10 passes for 129 yards. Harp had three catches for 95 yards.
Kade Martin led the De Queen defense with six primary tackles and one assist.
Marquez Ester had four primary, three assists and an interception.
Carver and Harp each made five primary stops and one assist.
Malik Beasley had three primary and three assists.
Adrian Mendoza had two primary and two assists.
Chase Pearce had two primary, two assists and broke up two passes.