BAUXITE — The Bauxite Miners have had a hard time winning this season. Owners of a 1-8 overall record and still winless in 7-4A conference play, the Miners head into the the final week of the season with a trip to Nashville tonight.
Bauxite is coming off of a 62-7 loss to conference favorite Arkadelphia last week, a game in which the Miners totaled 226 yards of offense. Rooks led in passing yards with 150. The quarterback added a touchdown to his resume but also threw two interceptions. Junior wide receiver Ben Madison led with 10 catches for 93 yards and a TD in the loss.
For Bauxite, the loss was the 34th since the beginning of the 2010 season. With only four wins over that span of time, the Miners are hoping to end on a bright note against Nashville tonight.
But the Scrappers have wreaked havoc on their opponents over the past eight seasons, including this year.
Winners of four conference titles and two state championships since 2006, Nashville is a force to be reckoned with. The Scrappers put together a 10-3 overall record a season ago, losing in the third round of the playoffs to Prairie Grove, 41-34.
The Scrappers return just six total starters from last season's conference title team, a squad that averaged 45 points per game.
Junior Lucas Liggin steps in at gunslinger for Nashville, two years removed from leading the junior high team to a perfect 10-0 record. Liggin passed for over 2,000 yards that season. The junior shows plenty of toughness after backing up at quarterback last season while taking snaps as a linebacker most of the time.
Nashville quickster LaMichael Pettway also returns for the Scrappers. The junior is a big key to offensive success this season since Head Coach Billy Dawson has designed much of the running game around him. Pettway scored three times a year ago and totaled 368 yards on the ground. The junior owns a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 second.
Senior Jamie Newton works at running back and receiver once again this year, a season after he ran the ball just 21 times for 119 yards and two scores.
Asher Walker returns from a freak accident where he suffered a fractured rib and a punctured lung during practice last season.
Nashville is always full of experience and skill, but this season the Scrappers biggest weakness is a quarterback that is unproved and the inexperience of their linemen. Running backs and speed are the biggest pluses for Nashville this season.
The Miners will head to Nashville to battle in the 2013 season-finale tonight. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.