The Watson Chapel Wildcats couldn’t get over the hump in the first game of the season on Monday night as they fell to the Nashville Scrappers 28-22 in the Bank of England Mortgage Kickoff Classic at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Six Wildcats turnovers allowed the Scrappers just enough space to pull out the win. Nashville led by six late, but Chapel fumbled away their last three possessions to halt potential game-winning drives.
Nashville struck first early in the game as they recovered a muffed punt at the Chapel 25-yard line, and five plays later quarterback Jake Moorer found Levester Gillard for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Jhonny Pioquinto added the first of four PAT’s for a 7-0 Scrapper lead. Chapel recorded a safety after pinning the Scrappers at their own two yard line, but was forced to punt on the ensuing drive. Moorer extended the lead to 14-2 when he found senior wideout Kalob Carpenter with a 15-yard strike.
Watson Chapel answered with two scoring drives of their own to take a 15-14 lead at the half. Devin Curry found Damarrone Woodson wide open for a 56-yard score. The point-after failed, but after a Nashville interception, the Wildcats scored again on a Curry to Tehki Urquhart four-yard pass. Keandre Kendal added the Point after to end the half.
Chapel failed to score in the third quarter and Nashville capitalized as Moorer found junior wide receiver Ty Bassiliere twice in the quarter, once on a 27-yard pass, and the other on a 94-yard bomb to put the Scrappers up by 13 going into the fourth.
Moorer finished the game 16 of 28 passing for 248 yards and four touchdowns, with three interceptions. Watson Chapel would get one more score early in the fourth on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Curry to Javeon Jackson. Curry ended the game with 129 yards on the ground and 181 yards through the air with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked seven times by the Scrapper defense.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Aug. 31, as they will travel to take on the Monticello Billies. The game can be heard on 98.1, the Hog.