Junior Mohawks Beat Earle in OT

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Justin Goding (44) powers for yardage in last week's Piggott Junior Mohawk win over Earle.

Prior to Thursday night's Piggott Mohawk junior high football game at Parker Field the team hosted several special visitors. On hand to speak with the young Tribe were members of the Piggott Mohawk 1969 district champion football team Jimmy Johnson, Steve Champ, Bill Threet and Gary Mann.

Led by their quarterback, Johnson, the former Mohawks gave the youthful players a pep talk as they prepared for their home opener against the junior Bulldogs of Earle. The junior squad, which is comprised this year primarily of eighth graders with only a few freshmen, responded well to the urging of the former standouts and went out and beat their visitors in overtime to post their first win of the year.

Both teams got off to a slow start in the contest, but the younger and smaller Mohawks gained confidence by maintaining a 0-0 score through the first half. They came out of the locker room inspired in the second half of play, and put together a drive which consumed the entire third quarter. Then, on the first play of the fourth Piggott's Bret Fuller capped the drive with a one yard touchdown run. Fuller then connected with Dalton Morris for the two point conversion and the Tribe led 8-0.

Members of the 1969 Piggott Mohawk district championship football team as they spoke to the junior Mohawks prior to Thursday night's home win over Earle. The group included, from left: Gary Mann, Steve Champ, Bill Threet and Jimmy Johnson.

That lead would stand up until the final moments of the game, when the Bulldogs broke off a 75 yard touchdown run. With just 10 second to play in regulation the two point conversion was good by Earle, and the two teams were knotted at 8-8.

The visitors won the toss and took the ball first in the overtime tiebreaker, but a strong stand by the Piggott defense held them short of the endzone on five straight plays.

The Tribe then took possession of the football for their turn and Fuller got the nod, punching it across from one yard out to secure the win, 14-8.

Fuller paced the Mohawk offensive attack with 64 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Justin Goding finished with 54 yards on 16 carries, Cade Harrell had 49 yards on 10 totes and John Jones had two carries for 10 yards. In total offense the long late run by the Bulldogs gave them the edge, 170 to 164 yards.

With the win the junior Mohawks improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in 3-3A conference play. They'll be back in action Thursday night at Parker Field as they play host to the Seminole of Osceola in conference play. The following week, Thursday, Oct. 10, they'll visit Rivercrest.

In the early contest Thursday night at Parker Field the seventh grade Mohawks notched a conference win over Earle by a final of 8-0. The Tribe's lone score came on a short run by Trey Gossett, and the two point conversion was made by Gunner Shaw, who also led the team in rushing with 129 yards on the ground.

On the night the Mohawks dominated on offense, racking up 223 total yards to just 96 for their visitors. The seventh grade squad also be in action Thursday night at Parker Field, with kickoff set for 5 p.m. against the Seminole.

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