Mohawks Make Good Showing at Osceola

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Senior quarterback Austin Murray, pictured in action from earlier this season, led the Tribe in rushing in last Friday's loss at Osceola.(photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Mohawks started strong and finished with a flourish in their meeting with the hosting Osceola Seminoles Friday, but a drought in the second and third quarters spelled the difference, as Piggott fell, 44-29, in 3A-3 action.

The Tribe started the game with a bang, scoring the first points of the contest in under a minute of play. Quarterback Austin Murray scored the first of his two touchdowns of the night on a 25 yard carry with only 19 seconds gone from the clock. Eli Smith's PAT sailed true, putting the Tribe ahead, 7-0, in the early going.

The Mohawks halted the hosts' attempt to answer, setting up a power-running drive by the Piggott backfield. Nick Haywood capped the possession with a one-yard touchdown piledriver with 5:58 remaining in the opening frame. Piggott missed the PAT, going ahead 13-0.

The Seminole offense held the ball for the majority of the remaining half of the frame, scoring a 25 yard carry with 58 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Osceola went to the air on the two-point conversion, closing to within five points, 13-8.

The Seminoles took control in the second quarter, outscoring Piggott 22-0 to take a 30-13 advantage into intermission. The third quarter was also unkind to the Mohawks, as Osceola added two more touchdowns to cement a 36-0 run during the middle frames to go ahead 44-13 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Mohawks found their spark in the fourth frame. Murray wrapped up a 56-yard drive with a nine yard quarterback keeper with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest. Smith's PAT flew true for the Tribe, making it a 44-20 advantage for the hosts.

Piggott held off the Osceola offense on the ensuing drive, returning possession to the scarlet and black. Landon Williams broke free on a big gain for the Mohawks, speeding into the end zone on a 35 yard touchdown run. Smith again came through on the PAT, leaving Piggott trailing 44-27.

Osceola mishandled the ball on the following kickoff, allowing the Mohawks to add two more points via a safety, setting the 44-29 final in place.

Piggott finished the night with 293 total yards on offense, 257 of them coming on the ground. Osceola had 475 total yards on the night.

Murray led the Piggott running attack with 93 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Williams notched 57 yards and touchdown on six carries. Haywood had a touchdown and 54 yards on 16 carries. Bradley Stephens finished with 40 yards on six attempts. Smith had nine yards on five carries. Nick McKinnie rushed for four yards on a carry.

The Mohawks fell to 1-4-1 overall and are 1-2 in 3A-3 conference play. Still, the Tribe is in the driver's seat in terms of the Class 3A State Playoff picture. Piggott currently sits in a tie for fourth in the conference at 1-2 with Earle and Harrisburg. With 3A-3 again having five teams in the playoffs in 2013, the race is wide open.

The Mohawks will be in action beginning at 7 p.m. Friday in Piggott when they host Rivercrest. Rivercrest comes into the contest at 2-1 in the conference, tied with Corning and Osceola for second place in 3A-3 behind Hoxie at 3-0.

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