Mohawks end season with loss against Indians
The Piggott Mohawks finished their 2004 season with a loss to the Marked Tree Indians on Thursday at Marked Tree. It was senior night at Marked Tree and other communities in the area.
For Piggott, it was the last time for the Mohawks to take the field this year as this tribe and for the seniors it made this night even more important.
This Mohawk team has struggled all year to succeed and yet their efforts were thwarted again by the Indians for their final game.
Marked Tree scored their first touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run by Patrick Powell with 4:05 to play in the first quarter. Marked Tree ran for the two point conversion, making the score 8-0. The Mohawk offense was unable to put together any type of offensive drive against the quicker Marked Tree defense. "On the offensive and defensive side of the ball, Marked Tree's speed and quickness gave us trouble all night," coach Ken Shumate said. Marked Tree's second score came on a 78 yard run by Brian Coleman with 2:57 to play in the first quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was no good. The score was Marked Tree 14, and Mohawks 0.
Marked Tree's third touchdown of the night came with 3:31 to play in the second quarter. On three different occasions, the Mohawks had Marked Tree third-and-five or more only to have the Indians break a quick hitting counter trap of enough yards to pick up a first down. Marked Tree's Brian Coleman scored on a five-yard run and the two-point conversion was good. The Indians led the game 22-0 at the half.
Marked Tree received the second half kickoff and scored quickly as Patrick Powell scampered 47 yards for the score. The two point conversion was good, bringing the score to 30-0 in favor of the Indians. Marked Tree scored again late in the third quarter, with 1:59 to play on a one-yard run. The extra point kick was blocked by the Mohawks' Morgan Burns. The score was 36-0 for the Indians. Marked Tree's last score of the night came with 2:41 to play in the game. The Indians scored on a five-yard run. The extra point kick was good, bringing the final score to Marked Tree 43 and the Mohawks 0.
The Indians controlled the line of scrimmage offensively and defensively all through the game. Their overall team speed on defense shut down everything the Mohawks tried to do on offense. Marked Tree rushed 380 yards on 38 carries. The Mohawks had 18 rushes for 70 yards. T.J. Harris carried the ball six times for 30 yards. John Midkiff had six carries for 11 yards. Jeremy Lemmons had five carries for 21 yards.
Kayln Hoggard led the Mohawks in tackles for the night. He had 10 tackles and four assists. Aaron Householder had eight tackles and three assists. Two of Householder's tackles were for a loss. John Midkiff had eight tackles and three assists. Lance Conley had six tackles and two assists.
"Our season's goal was not met, which was to make it to the playoffs, and I know this was very disappointing, especially to the seniors," Shumate said.
The coaching staff of the Mohawks expressed their gratitude to each athlete and their parents for the sacrifices they made to be a part of the Mohawk football family.
"We had several athletes come out this year that had not played in the past several years and we were proud to have them," Shumate continued. Coaches Shumate, Hearn, and Harrell are extremely proud of the athletes that have played all through junior high and senior high for the Mohawks. For those athletes returning next year, it is now time to start the off season work for next season for both the junior high and senior high level.
The Mohawks' goal for next year and every year will be to make it to the playoffs. "In the off season program, we must work extremely hard to improve our upper body strength, our leg strength, and our agility and speed," Shumate said.
In ending this season, the Mohawk coaching staff wanted to express their thanks to all the people in the community for their help and support given to the athletic programs and the school.
"Our seniors will be missed and we wish them the best in life," Shumate said. There were 13 seniors on this year's Mohawk football team and each one was a Mohawk through and through, whether it was on the field or in the classroom. They stayed together, played together and will always be together in their memories as a Mohawk.