Mohawks Drop Road Game at Earle
The Mohawks had a tough night ahead of them Friday, visiting perennial 3A-3 powerhouse, the Earle Bulldogs. Piggott fell to their host on the evening, 42-8.
The Tribe scored their lone touchdown of the night on a 20-yard carry by standout back Bradley Stephens with 11 seconds remaining in the first half. Quarterback Austin Murray carried in the successful two-point conversion, bringing Piggott within two touchdowns, 20-8, heading into intermission.
The hosts continued to roll, though, down the stretch, scoring twice more in the third quarter and once in the fourth to set the final in place.
The Mohawks threatened early, driving down to the red zone on their first possession of the game. A costly turnover killed the drive, as Earle took possession following a Tribe fumble.
"It was a close ballgame in the first half," PHS head coach Dave Hendrix said. "We got down there on our first drive and fumbled around the 20. Then, we came down and got hit with a big penalty. That's tough to overcome."
The teams battled to a scoreless first quarter.
"It was a 0-0 game after the first quarter, and we were only down 20-8 at the half, but we just couldn't get back in it," Hendrix said.
Earle finished the night with 414 yards of total offense, including 278 rushing yards. Piggott notched 214 total yards with 189 yards coming on the ground.
Stephens paced the Piggott backfield with 63 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Eli Smith gained 40 yards on four touches. Nick Haywood had 40 yards on 12 carries. Nick McKinnie finished with 25 yards on 12 carries. Landon Williams added 16 yards on eight carries. Murray had four yards on a pair of keepers.
Murray completed three passes for 25 yards with an interception. Earle gained 136 yards on three completions with two touchdowns and an interception.
The Mohawks moved to 1-3-1 overall and sit at 1-1 in 3A-3 action following the loss. The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
Piggott will travel to Osceola (2-3, 1-1) Friday night for another 3A-3 meeting.