Scrappers face unfamiliar foe Friday at home

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    By John R. Schirmer
    News-Leader staff

    An opponent whom the Scrappers have not met since 1967 will visit “The Hill” Friday night.

    Idabel, Okla., brings a 2-1 season record to Scrapper Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

    The Scrappers (2-0) and Warriors last met Oct. 6, 1967, with Nashville winning 48-20.

    Idabel is fast and has put up some big numbers thus far, according to Scrapper Coach Mike Volarvich.

    Idabel has averaged 40 points per game in its first three contests, Volarvich said. “In their 2 wins, they’ve scored over 40 in both. The Warriors are giving up about 22 points per game so far.

    Warrior quarterback Tyriq French (6-4, 200) “is as good a football player as we’ll see all year,” Volarvich said. “He ran 11.2 in the 100-m. He’s faster than anybody we’ve got.”

    French has “a really strong arm. He’s very athletic. He’s a good basketball player as well,” Volarvich said.

    Receiver Tyrone Howell “makes a lot of plays” after hauling in French’s passes.

    Idabel’s offense will “put the ball in the air, and they’ll run it. We’ve got to make sure we fly around and do a good job containing them,” Volarvich said. “We have to stop that quarterback.”

    The Warriors are “pretty multiple on defense. We’ll have to play well on offense” Friday night.

    Idabel enters the game with victories over North Lamar in Texas and Hugo, Okla. The Warriors lost to Broken Bow, Okla.

    Prior to Friday night’s game, the Scrapperette basketball team will host a hamburger supper near the stadium gate. Tickets are available for $6 each from the Scrapperettes.

    The supper will run from 5-7 p.m.

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