BY RICK WRIGHT –
The Bearcats took a huge step towards the 2016 Class 4A State Playoffs last week by defeating the Arkadelphia Badgers 23-21.
Mena came up with big plays when they had to, including a 70 yard catch and run to take the lead in the fourth quarter.
It will not only take big plays this week, it will take big plays on every play to end the Nashville Scrapper’s winning streak.
The Scrappers went 15-0 last year to win the Class 4A State Championship and they picked up where they left off and will come into Bearcat Stadium undefeated this season as well.
Nashville started their season by slaughtering Hope 61-14, then routed De Queen 47-8 in week two. Week three saw the Scrappers outscore Idabel, Oklahoma 91-63.
The Scrappers crushed Arkadelphia 71-40 in week four and buried Fountain Lake 65-29 in week five.
Nashville’s matchup with Pulaski Robinson was a barn burner as the Scrappers got past Robinson 31-28 in week six.
Last week, the Scrappers were tested as they survived Ashdown 56-51.
The Scrappers were the preseason pick to win the 7-4A Conference and the Class 4A state title again this year by the Arkansas Democrate-Gazette and Hooten’s Arkansas Football.
“It’s hard to win one championship, and it’s really hard to win two.” according to Nashville Head Football Coach Mike Volarvich. “You’re everyone’s Super Bowl.”
Quarterbacks Tyler Hanson and Jake Moorer are better at some things than last year’s quarterback Leonard Snell.
The offensive line includes three returning starters including, Kirby Adcock, Justin Bean and Triston Rhodes. Adcock is now 6-5 and 300 pounds as a senior. Adcock has verbally committed to the University of Arkansas.
Trent Harris and Darius Hopkins are the Scrapper’s running backs.
Defensively, Nashville returned four of their top 10 tacklers from a year ago, including leading tackler Garrett Gordon. Gorden is the leader on defense. He helps with alignment issues. He’s a smash-mouthed player. Gordon likes contact, likes stopping the run and is a really good player.
Overall, the Scrappers defense is a good, solid group that swarms to the ball.
The Bearcats have made huge strides to this point this season on both sides of the ball.
Mena gave away a win at De Queen to start the season, having defeated the Leopards in just about every phase of the game. De Queen stole the show at the very end of the contest to come away with the win.
The Bearcats cruised past Hot Springs and Waldron before falling to the Panthers on two plays at Ashdown. Mena gave Ashdown all they wanted and more.
Mena ambushed a confident Malvern Leopard squad in Bearcat Stadium, and made the big plays when needed to knock off Arkadelphia last week.
It will be a tall order to come away with a victory this week, but that’s why they play the game. The team who is supposed to win doesn’t always win. Most week’s in the 7-4A, the Bearcats are not the most athletic, or talented, but one thing for sure, the Bearcats will not quit, but will give 48 minutes of all they’ve got.