Junior Mohawks triumph over Indians

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

The Piggott Junior Mohawks played their final game of the 2004 season on Thursday, Oct. 28, taking on the Junior Indians of Marked Tree at Parker Field in Piggott.

The result was an exciting 20-14 come-from-behind win by the Junior Mohawks.

Although no rain fell during the game, the field was soggy and wet, just the way the players like it.

The first half of the game was dominated by the Junior Indians, with both their scores coming in that half. During the first quarter, the Junior Indians rushed for four yards into the end zone with 3:31 to play. The two-point conversion was good, bringing the score up to 8-0, in the Indians' favor. With 5:52 to play in the second quarter, the Indians ran in another touchdown from 12 yards out. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 14-0 at the half.

"We had too many turnovers in the first half," coach Ken Shumate said. "We only ran seven offensive plays during the entire half."

The second half opened up with Jim Threat making a return which really fired up the rest of the Junior Mohawks. "During the second half, the boys really stepped up and played with a lot of heart and pride," Shumate said.

With 4:09 to play in the third quarter, Justin Howell crossed the goal line from five yards out, giving the Mohawks their first touchdown of the night. However, the two-point conversion was no good, leaving the score 14-6. The Mohawk fans kept cheering on their team and getting them fired up to win and the clock kept ticking the time away.

In the fourth quarter, with only 1:24 left to play, Brian Seal ran 21 yards into the end zone to give the Mohawks their second touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, bringing the score to 14-14.

The Mohawks were determined to win this ball game. With 27 seconds left to play in the final quarter of the game, Daniel Baldwin crossed the goal line from two yards to score again for the Mohawks. The two-point conversion was no good, but the final score was 20-14 in favor of the Mohawks.

The Mohawks had 43 yards in passing and 150 yards rushing for the night. Justin Howell led the Mohawks in rushing. He carried the ball 10 times for 59 yards and one touchdown for the night. Brian Seal carried the ball four times for 53 yards and one touchdown. Daniel Baldwin had three carries for 19 yards and one touchdown. Jim Threat had two carries for five yards. Casey Booth had two carries for seven yards. Michael Morgan carried the ball one time for seven yards.

"We appreciate the way the fans supported us all night, especially once we tied the score," Shumate said. "We could really feel the energy from the fans and it was a great momentum swing for us."

Shumate praised the efforts of assistant coaches Shawn Hearn and Michael Harrell for the team for the year. "This was a great way to end the season and it should propel us into a good off season to prepare for next year," Shumate said. The Junior Mohawks finished the season with a final record of 3-4-1.

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