Junior Mohawks fall short in final moments

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Junior Mohawks' Brian Seal kicks off the game to a hot start against the Junior Cougars of Rector. (Times photo/Shelia Cook)

When two rival teams meet for a football game, especially if the teams are Piggott and Rector, the fans really get into the action.

The action of the crowd last Thursday night at Piggott took on a frantic pace as the last few seconds ran on the scoreboard, as it was a very fast-paced, exciting game, but the Junior Mohawks were defeated by the Rector Junior Cougars.

"Last week we were able to capitalize on the last play of the game, this week, it went the other way," said Piggott coach Ken Shumate.

The final score went Rector's way, 17-14.

"It was a hard played game by both teams,"Shumate said.

Rector opened the game with a 70-yard kickoff return to inside the Mohawk 20-yard line. Rector's Daniel Hester burst in from the one-yard line with 4:44 to play in the first quarter to score the first touchdown of the night. The try for the two-point conversion failed, making the score, 6-0, in Rector's favor.

The Junior Mohawks answered with a score in the second quarter. After runs by Brian Seal and Casey Booth, quarterback Daniel Baldwin found his tight end, Brice Swann, open in the middle of the field for a 30-yard completion.

Baldwin crossed the goal line on a one yard run with 4:15 to play in the second quarter. The try for two was successful as Casey Booth found Chuck Rice open in the corner of the end zone, making the score Piggott 8, Rector 6.

The Junior Mohawks were backed up deep in their own territory with 1:30 to go in the first half of the game, fumbled the ball and Rector's Derek Wyss recovered. Rector scored with five seconds to play in the first half as their quarterback, Logan Buck, hit wide open Tyler Small for the touchdown. Buck passed the ball to Small for a successful two-point conversion, bringing the score to 14-8, with Rector leading at the half.

The third quarter started with a bang for the Piggott team as Jim Threat returned the kickoff out to about midfield. On the first play from scrimmage, with good blocking, Brian Seal swept the left end for a 58-yard touchdown. The try for two failed, leaving the score in a 14-14 tie with 7:44 to play in the third quarter. The rest of the game was a defensive battle with Rector mounting a time-consuming drive in the fourth quarter that took nearly six minutes off the clock. The Mohawk defense made some key stops, but two penalties kept the drive going for

Rector.

On the fourth and goal from the six yard line, Rector's Daniel Hester connected on a 20-yard field goal with 13 seconds to play. This brought the score to 17-14. With 13 seconds left in the game, Piggott's first play had Baldwin connecting with Chuck Rice for 30 yards, setting the Junior Mohawks up on the 15-yard line with seven seconds left to play. The Mohawks were unable to connect on a pass play and the game ended with Rector victorious over the Mohawks, 17-14.

The Junior Mohawks dominated the statistics, rushing for 168 yards and passing for 65 yards, with a total of 233 yards for the game, but Rector ran twice as many plays on the offense as Piggott.

Shumate said that each week the games will be like the first two games the Junior Mohawks have battled in, with most of the teams being fairly equal. The Junior Mohawks will take on the Cross County team next Thursday at Cherry Valley in conference action.

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