Junior Cougars fall to Piggott

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

RECTOR It was all Piggott last Thursday night in Rector as the Rector Junior High Cougars fell to the Piggott Junior High Mohawks by a score of 32-6.

The Junior Mohawks led at the end of the first half, 32-0.

"Piggott was just simply too strong for us," coach Jason Lance said after the loss. "We didn't execute well. We had a couple of turnovers and a breakdown in our secondary. That doesn't take anything away from Piggott, they have a very good ball club."

"We have really stepped up our play," Piggott coach Jason Burkman said. "Our aggressiveness level has really improved and they went out there and played a great game on both sides of the ball."

Burkman noted that the team did not look good in the preseason scrimmage against Paragould, but looked much better in the second half of the win over Walnut Ridge a week ago.

"This game took us one step further. They really came together for this game."

Coach Lance was pleased with the performance of Rodney Dees both offensively and defensively and praised the play of his quarterback Matt Hale.

"Jeff Lester also caught a ten-yard pass for our only score late in the fourth quarter," he said.

"We'll be alright," the coach said. "The kids still have a great attitude and are working very hard. We've got a lot of potential. We're gonna buckle down and get ready for Palestine-Wheatley on Thursday. They run the ball a lot. It's going to be a very good game."

Brad Graves led Piggott with three touchdowns followed by Dillon Cate with one score and Nick Huskey returning a punt for a touchdown.

"Our offensive and defensive lines dominated Thursday night," Burkman added. "The backs blocked for each other well and hit the holes good. Overall, everyone played a good game.

Billy Southerly and John Midkiff both had outstanding games defensively with 12 tackles each.

"Morgan Burns stepped in and played very well for Caleb Morris who had to leave the game after suffering a leg injury," Burkman said.

Zach White and Anthony Pickering were also noted for their superior and consistent play on both sides of the ball.

"Rector did a good job of shutting us down on the outside sweeps," Burkman noted. "I thought their defense played well. We just broke it open for a few big plays."

The Rector juniors travel to Palestine-Wheatley on Thursday evening while Piggott hosts Rivercrest.

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