LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas high school football officially kicks on Tuesday, and Nashville takes on a familiar foe.
The Class 4A Scrappers go up against Class 5A Watson Chapel at 7:30 p.m., at War Memorial Stadium in the Kickoff Classic.
"With it being our first game, we want to make the least amount of first game mistakes," Nashville head coach Mike Volarvich said. "A lot of those are pre-snap penalties, and we want to stay away from self-inflicting wounds. Having enough guys on the field, procedure penalties, motion penalties and lining up in the correct place are some of those typical mistakes.
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"From a defensive standpoint, we need to stop the run and limit their quarterback in the run game. From an offensive standpoint, we need to do what we do. We need to execute, block the right people, make the right reads, and block the right people."
Last year, the Scrappers edged the Wildcats, 28-22, and romped to a 69-48 victory under Volarvich in 2015.
"We have played Watson Chapel twice since I have been at Nashville," Volarvich said. "Both games have been very exciting. They always have really good size. They always have great length to their players, and great team speed. I know they are returning their quarterback who makes things happen with his feet."
The Scrappers run a multiple offense and a multiple look defense that is based out of a 3-4 set.
Offensively, Nashville looks to get the ball to six different skill players. Defensively, the goal is to apply pressure.