The Hope Bobcats surprised a high-scoring weapon team of the No. 2 ranked Class 4A Nashville Scrappers in the early going of their rivalry reunion Friday night to kickoff the 2017 football season in Nashville.
The Hope Bobcats surprised a high-scoring weapon team of the Nashville Scrappers in the early going of their rivalry reunion Friday night to kickoff the 2017 football season in Nashville.
The Bobcats answered first for the game's opening end zone trip, but Nashville rallied back late in first quarter action to regain the lead and momentum to top rivals' Hope 60-20 in both teams season opener at the Hill.
The Bobcats set the tone early on a series of drives that led to a 10-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Keith Brown at the 8:09 mark in the first quarter. Jonathan Garcia made good on the PAT and Hope sparked for the 7-0 lead against Nashville.
The Scrappers wouldn't stay down long as powerful senior running back Trent Harris soared in the end zone on a 3-yard TD pass reception from Nashville's quarterback Tyler Hanson at the 4:31 mark, but the Cats block the PAT and Hope still led 7-6. The Scrappers finished the opening quarter to officially take the lead off another TD run by Harris for 6-yards and PAT good to end opening period action leading Hope 13-7.
In the second quarter, Nashville's Carmillias Morrison put the Scrappers back in gear scoring on a 2-yard run in the end zone at the 8:21 mark now Hope trailing 20-7.
The Bobcats kept fighting back as running back Kennan Green marched into the end zone for 14-yards to cut the Scrappers lead 20-13 at the 1:39 mark.
Before halftime, the Scrappers answered with Harris catching a pass for the touchdown reception with 31 seconds to play in the first half that led to Nashville commanding lead over Hope at halftime, 26-13.
In the second half, the Scrappers would build more momentum to account for five end zone trips. Harris, Morrison and Hanson all scored touchdowns on the ground in the third quarter. Hope's Jerrell Henry scored a touchdown off a pick-six on the interception in the third for 45-yards. At the end of three quarters, Nashville led Hope 40-20.
In the fourth, the Scrappers posted two touchdowns in the end zone with Levester Gillard and Morrison each accounting a TD apiece that forced the sportsmanship rule into play with a 40 point advantage in the fourth at the 4:43 mark.
Defensively, the Cats got big stops of tackles from Chris Haywood, Kenya Wesley, Austin Coronado, Jonathan Mendoza, Jay Conway and David Horton.
Jaloni Davis and Hunter Hellums each had strong kickoff returns with Brown and Green providing yardage on their running attack against the Scrappers.
For the game, Hope converted nine first downs, 104 yards rushing, 101 yards passing for 205 total yards of offense. Nashville had 19 first downs, 311 yards rushing, 320 yards passing for 631 total yards of offense.
The Cats will continue their attack on the gridiron next Friday night for week two of high school football at Ashdown.