Junior Mohawks Fall to Bobkittens in Finale
The Piggott Junior Mohawks dropped a 14-6 conference loss at Corning Thursday, Oct. 31 to end their season. The young squad, which had only a handful of freshmen, fell to a Corning squad with nearly a dozen ninth graders--and who finished at 5-2 as co-conference champs, and gave them all they could handle.
Neither team was able to gain an advantage in the first half of play, sending the two squads into the locker room at the half tied at 0-0. But, the Bobkittens got on the scoreboard early in the third quarter, scoring on a two yard run with 5:51 to go. But, the Mohawk defense held strong on the two-point conversion attempt and the score stood at 6-0.
Just about two minutes later the Tribe got on the scoreboard, as Justin Goding ran it in from 32 yards out for the score. But, the two point conversion attempt by the Piggott squad was also no good and the score stood knotted at 6-6.
Later, with 2:06 to go in the ballgame the Bobkittens forced the Mohawks to punt deep in their own territory, and a bad snap resulted in a safety--extending the score to 8-6.
That score stood until just seconds to go, as the Corning squad punched it in from one yard out. The two point conversion attempt was no good, and the hosts led 14-6.
On the ensuing kick-off the Mohawk's Dakota Santos broke a big run, giving the Tribe one last shot. On the final play freshman fullback Bret Fuller got the nod, and with an open field in front of him collided with one of his blockers and the game ended.
Fuller was once again the workhorse for the Tribe, grinding out 78 yards on 14 carries. Meanwhile, Goding finished with 71 yards on 11 carries, Cade Harrell had 5 carries for a yard and quarterback Hayden Lemmons carried the ball twice for negative yardage.
On the game the Bobkittens had a total of 182 yards in offense, while the Mohawks finished with 146 yards in total offense in the loss.
"I was so proud of the way this team matured and played this season," Coach Michael Harrell said of the young Mohawks. "We only had a few freshmen, but they were great leaders, and we really came along as the year progressed."
The junior squad ends their season at 3-5 overall, and 3-4 in 3-3A conference play. And, on the plus side the team will return the majority of their starters next fall--along with a talented bunch of seventh graders who will move up from this year's 5-2 squad.
Speaking of the seventh grade team, they took their contest at Corning easily by a final of 36-14.