SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Nashville is looking to break recent trends when it clashes with Shiloh Christian in the Class 4A state quarterfinals tonight.
The Scrappers were eliminated by the Saints, 40-21, a season ago in the same round of the football playoffs. Shiloh Christian owns a 3-1 record against Nashville with a 3-0 home record in the series.
The Scrappers (11-1) and SC (12-0) meet at 7 p.m. today at Lindsey Field at Champions Stadium.
"We're happy to be playing after Thanksgiving; we're happy to be a part of an 11-win season," Scrapper head coach Mike Volarvich said. "Nashville is a storied program, but this is just the third time in the last decade for Nashville to have an 11-win season. That's a big accomplishment.
"We've got a big challenge, going to Shiloh. Until last year, when Arkadelphia beat them (in state semifinals), Shiloh Christian had 50-plus home wins in a row, and they have an extremely tough football team this year."
Nashville beat Dardanelle, 35-34, last week, and the Saints beat Pocahontas, 63-14.
The Scrappers average 40.8 points and allow 18.9 points per game this season. The Nashville offense rolls up 152.5 yards passing and 256.5 on the ground.
The Saints are averaging 52.8 points and giving up 12.5 per game. Shiloh has passed for 322.2 yards and rushed for 147.9 yards per game.
"They're throwing the ball for over 300 yards a game, and they've been very successful doing it," Volarvich said. "They've lit the scoreboard up; they've scored 60 or more in 3 of their last 4 games. Our secondary will have a tough task at hand, and when they're asked to cover their guys, they just have to get it done.
"We were able to hold them to 40 percent completion ratio last year, and on the season he's a 70-75 percent kid. We just gave up some big plays, and we have to make sure we don't give up those big plays this year."
Eli Reece has completed 227-of-304 passes for 3,326 yards, 36 TDs and just three interceptions. Truitt Tollett has caught 103 yards for 1,702 yards and 26 scores.
Cam Wiedemann leads the Saint rushing with 120 carries for 828 yards and 16 TDs, and Logan Raben has 57 totes for 428 yards and 12 scores.
Ty Gordon has connected on 76-of-134 passes for 1,229 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Scrappers. Ty Basiliere has 34 catches for 786 yards and 10 scores, and Devonte Witherspoon leads the defense with 143 tackles.
Keyshawn Stewart paces the Nashville ground attack with 126 rushes for 931 yards with 17 TDs. Gordon has 130 rushes for 922 yards and 12 scores, and Carmillas Morrison has 89 carries for 817 yards and nine TDs.
The winner advances to play either Crossett or Arkadelphia in the state semifinals next week.