Junior Mohawks cruise past Rector
The Piggott Junior Mohawks traveled to Rector on Thursday, Sept. 8, to face off against county rivals, the Junior Cougars. The Mohawks came out ready to play, scoring on their second play of the game. The Mohawks continued to roll, ending the game with a final score of 36-12.
The Mohawks took the opening kickoff across midfield and, two plays later, Justin Howell scored on a 38-yard run with 7:20 left to play in the first quarter. The attempt for the two-point conversion failed, leaving the score 6-0, in favor of the Mohawks.
The second Mohawk touchdown of the first quarter came with 2:58 left to play, on a one-yard run by Daniel Baldwin. Michael Morgan carried for the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 14-0. The Mohawks continued the battle into the second quarter. With 6:11 to play, Justin Howell entered the end zone on a seven-yard run. Baldwin ran it in for the two point conversion, making the score 22-0.
The Junior Cougars rallied with 3:45 left in the second quarter, by scoring on a 12-yard run by Dalton Shaw. Their attempt for two failed, bringing the score to 22-6.
The Mohawks answered with a touchdown of their own, with only 55 seconds left to the half. The touchdown was made on a one-yard run by Baldwin. The try for two failed, leaving the score 28-6 at the half.
The second half of the game began with the Junior Cougars receiving the kickoff. A good return set the Cougar offense up with good field position, at about midfield. The Mohawk defense picked up where it had left off at the end of the first half and forced the Cougars to punt. The Mohawks scored their final touchdown of the night with 46 seconds left to play in the third quarter. Baldwin passed to Rob Rice for a 38-yard touchdown. Baldwin then ran it in for the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 36-6.
The Cougars put together a drive to start the fourth quarter, with a 25-yard pass completion and a 17-yard run that helped set up the final touchdown of the night.
Cougar quarterback Logan Buck scored on a two-yard run. The Cougars' try for two failed, leaving the score at 36-12.
"I'm very pleased with our focus and intensity when the game started," Coach Ken Shumate said of the game. "The boys really wanted this game and played hard," Shumate continued. "Tonight, we were able to get everyone in the game. In the first half, our offensive line really opened up some running lanes."
The Mohawk offensive line consisted of Adam Carpenter, Josh Moore, Wesley Wood, David Blackburn, Kalem Rouse, Rob Rice and Casey Booth. "The backs ran hard and blocked very well for each other," Shumate added. The backs were Jim Threatt, Michael Morgan, Justin Howell and Daniel Baldwin.
"Our defensive people were ready to play and they did a good job on containing #22, Dalton Shaw, Rector's workhorse on offense," Shumate said. Defensive players for the Mohawks included Howell, Josh Pitts, Taylor Wood, Moore, Todd Weathers, Cody Holcomb, John Smith, Booth, Morgan, Wesley Wood, Baldwin, Threatt, Daniel Cheshire and Rice.
"We were able to rotate different players in and out, which allowed us the opportunity to rest several players," Shumate added.
The Mohawks had 255 yards in rushing for the night, while the Cougars managed 68 yards. Baldwin had 10 carries on the night for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Howell also had 10 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Threatt had seven carries for 36 yards, while Morgan had four carries for 21 yards.
Baldwin went one for one in passing, resulting in a 38-yard touchdown, with Rice as the receiver.
The Mohawks will be home this Thursday, Sept. 15, when they meet Cross County.
The Seventh Grade Mohawks were unable to play this week as the Cougars were unable to man a team, but the team is scheduled to play this week.
The seventh grade game will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the Junior Mohawks will take the field at 7.