The Scrapper Showdown will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria.
Tickets are $15 and are on sale by Scrappers, Scrapperettes and cheerleaders. The ticket price includes a barbecue dinner.
The guest speaker for the Showdown will be J.B. Grimes, offensive line coach at Auburn University. Grimes is a familiar face in Arkansas coaching circles. He began his career as an assistant coach at Nashville. He has been an assistant coach at a number of NCAA D-1 programs, including Arkansas and Arkansas State. When former Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn moved to Auburn, he named Grimes as his offensive line coach.
Scrapper Booster Club members are rounding up items for live and silent auctions, along with prizes for Heads or Tails and the basketball game. Fans will play Heads or Tails for a TV and the basketball shooting game for an iPad Mini.
Among the auction items already secured are Razorback basketball tickets for the Arkansas/Georgia game Saturday, March 1; reserved parking spot at Scrapper Arena, reserved hospitality room and VIP seating at the arena, crappie fish fry, Scrapper quilt, Scrapper rug, golf club, WeedEater, load of gravel and a tool set.
Others include Texas Ranger baseball tickets, NASCAR tickets at Texas Motor Speedway, an Arkansas Razorback football autographed by Coach Bret Bielema, and an autographed basketball by the Memphis Grizzlies.
More items include Cheerleader for a Day, Captain for a Day, a reserved parking spot at Scrapper Stadium, and a booth in the stadium press box.
There will be numerous items and gift certificates from area merchants.
The Showdown is a Booster Club fund-raiser which benefits the Nashville athletic program.
More details of the event will be announced.
Showdown speaker familiar to local fans
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With more than 30 years coaching at the collegiate level on his resume, J.B. Grimes, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and a BCS Championship berth this past season, is completing his first season as the offensive line coach at Auburn.
The offensive line paved the way for the Tigers to lead the nation in rushing with 335.7 yards per game. Running back Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist and named the SEC Player of the Year while Nick Marshall was an Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC selection. The line allowed only 1.23 sacks per game to tie for 21st nationally.
Grimes, who coached in his 16th bowl game and has coached numerous NFL players, spent the 2012 season as the offensive line coach at Arkansas State with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.
“J.B. is a tremendous coach who is one of the nation’s top teachers at the offensive line position,” Malzahn said. “He has an incredible resume coaching the position and has taught countless players at the NFL level. We’re fortunate to have him in our program at Auburn.”
During the 2012 season at Arkansas State, Grimes coached an offensive line unit that helped set a school record with 481.8 yards of total offense per game while ranking 16th nationally in fewest sacks allowed. Senior offensive lineman Zach McKnight earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors under Grimes’ direction as the offense led the Sun Belt in rushing and ranked in the top 25 nationally in total offense, scoring offense and rushing offense.
Prior to his arrival at ASU, Grimes spent two seasons at Kansas (2010-11) and Mississippi State (2004-08) as the offensive line coach. Grimes’ coaching career also includes stints at East Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Louisiana-Monroe and Delta State as an assistant coach over the last three decades.
In his first season at Mississippi State, the Bulldogs rushed for 1,744 yards, the most at the school in four years. Behind his offensive line, MSU produced three seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher. In his one season at East Carolina (2003), the Pirates’ offensive line paved the way for its third straight 1,000-yard individual rusher. At Texas A&M (1998-2002), Grimes coached the offensive line under R.C. Slocum as the Aggies posted a 40-22 overall record while playing in four straight bowl games.
While at Virginia Tech (1993-97) coaching for Frank Beamer, Grimes helped the Hokies to back-to-back Big East Championships and five bowl games in five seasons.
Grimes also coached at Arkansas, serving as a graduate assistant in 1981-82 and as a full-time assistant coach in 1989-92, where he helped the Razorbacks to the Southwest Conference championship and a Cotton Bowl appearance in 1990. At Arkansas, Grimes worked for Lou Holtz, Ken Hatfield and Jack Crowe.
Grimes also coached at Louisiana-Monroe (1979-80; 1985-88), Delta State (1983) and Missouri (1984) after spending his first two seasons at the high school level in Arkansas, at Nashville (1977) and Des Arc (1978). Louisiana-Monroe won the 1987 Division I-AA national championship.
As an offensive lineman at Henderson State, he helped his team to a 40-6 record in four seasons, including a berth in the 1974 NAIA Championship game. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Henderson State in 1977 and a master’s degree in education from Louisiana-Monroe in 1981.
Grimes grew up in Clarendon, Ark., and is married to the former Jennifer Graves of Nashville; she received a degree in advertising and public relations from Arkansas. The couple has four children, sons Aaron and Nick and daughters Danielle and Lindsey.