Junior Mohawks Endure Growing Pains, Lose to Manila

Thursday, September 26, 2013
The early morning shadows are long across Parker Field, and the dew was heavy, as the Piggott Junior Mohawk football team practiced Tuesday. The junior team rolls out early each day for practice, hours before the start of classes for the remainder of the students.

The Piggott Junior Mohawks fell to 0-2, and 0-1 in the 3-3A, Thursday, Sept. 19, as they dropped a 30-14 conference game at Manila. This Thursday, Sept. 26, they're slated to open the home portion of the schedule as they'll host the junior Bulldogs of Earle at Parker Field.

"We did a lot better than we did in the Westside game," Coach Michael Harrell said of the Manila contest. "We still have a ways to go, but we reduced our mistakes and kept it close for most of the ballgame."

The Lions struck first in the contest, scoring a touchdown on a 38 yard run with 2:23 to go in the first quarter. The two point conversion was also good, and the hosts enjoyed an 8-0 lead.

But, the Tribe responded with 4:38 to go in the first, as Bret Fuller carried it in from eight yards out. Justin Goding then tacked-on the two point conversion, and the game was tied at 8-8. But, just moments later the Manila squad found paydirt on a 59 yard touchdown run. They also added the two-point conversion following the TD, and led 16-8.

The junior Lions scored their third touchdown early in the third quarter on a 60 yard touchdown run, and added the two point conversion to make it a 24-8 contest. Midway through the quarter the Mohawks responded, as Fuller ran it in from 15 yards out. But, the two point conversion attempt was no good and the Tribe trailed 24-14.

The final touchdown of the game came on a 15 yard run for the junior Lions, but the two point conversion attempt failed. This set the final score of 30-14.

Justin Goding led the Mohawks in rushing for the second week in a row, with 59 yards on nine carries. Fuller was once again the workhorse for the offense, carrying the football 14 times for 35 yards, while Cade Harrell finished with 10 yards on seven carries and quarterback Hayden Lemmons had two carries for two yards. Lemmons also connected on four passes, including completions of 22 and 8 yards to Goding, an 11 yard completion to Dalton Morris and one to Elijah Bellers for no gain.

In total offense the junior Lions doubled up the young Mohawks 288 to 143 yards.

This Thursday night the Tribe will play host to the junior Bulldogs of Earle. The seventh grade team is scheduled to take the field at 5:30 p.m. for their game, followed at 7 p.m. by the junior high contest. Next Thursday, Oct. 3, the Osceola Junior Seminole will visit Parker Field in 3-3A conference play.

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