Junior Cougars Battle 'Cats to a Tie
The Piggott seventh grade and junior Mohawks traveled to the south side of Jonesboro on Thursday, Sept. 4, as they began the new football season in non-conference play with the Westside Warriors. On the night the two teams split, with the seventh grade shutting out their hosts 20-0 and the junior squad dropping a 26-6 decision.
"That loss was all on me," Coach Michael Harrell said of the loss. "I had those guys way too overconfident, and I've been working our freshmen out with the senior team and I bet they haven't had three good practices together--and it showed."
Whatever the reason, the junior Mohawks came out flat in their contest with the Warriors and never quite found their stride. "When the offensive backs would do right the line would do wrong, and when the line would do right the offensive backs would do wrong," Harrell surmised. "And, on defense we were way too aggressive and we over-pursued. But, it's all fixable, that's a heck of a group and we're going to get things fixed."
The junior Warriors also had their issues on the night, and were hampered by a number of key penalty flags, two of which erased scores. But, the Westside squad did find paydirt first, scoring on an 81 yard touchdown run with 1:05 to play in the first quarter. But, the two point conversion attempt was no good.
Westside scored again with 4:30 to go in the first half on a 17 yard run, and again the two point conversion was no good giving them a 12-0 lead. The lone Mohawk score came on a strong drive, and was set up by a run by Elijah Bellers. On the play, Cade Harrell carried it in from six yards out with 2:53 to go until intermission. But, the two point conversion attempt failed, and the score stood at 12-6 at the break.
The Warriors would score again with 1:51 to go in the third quarter on a 35 yard touchdown run, but again the conversion attempt was no good. They tacked on a late TD on a Mohawk fumble, and converted for the first time on the night, to set the final score at 26-6.
Westside had 219 yards in total offense on the night, while the Tribe had 131. Leading rusher for the Mohawks was Harrell, with 79 yards on 10 carries, while Bellers had 22 yards on three carries. The Warriors racked up 154 yards passing, completing four of eight, while Mohawk QB Hayden Lemmons was three for 10 for 40 yards and was picked-off twice.
The Piggott seventh grade Mohawks rose to the task on Thursday evening, and shut out the Westside Warriors 20-0 to begin the season. The young Mohawks, who are led by Coach Shawn Hearn, came out and scored 14 points in the first quarter, added another six late, and dominated on defense. In fact, the Warriors only had one player rush for positive yards, and he finished with just three.
The Tribe got on the board early, scoring with 15:40 left in the first on a 38 yard run by Gunner Shaw. But, the two point conversion attempt was no good. They scored their second touchdown with just 1:00 left in the first, as Ben Holcomb ran it in from 13 yards out. Holcomb then added the two-point conversion, and the Mohawks led 14-0, a lead which stood up through the second.
Neither team scored in the third quarters, but the Mohawks mounted a late drive and scored with just five seconds remaining as Ralph Braden took off on a 43 yard touchdown run. But, as time had expired there was no conversion attempt, and the final score was set at 20-0.
Shaw led the offense with 55 yards on four carries, while Braden had 43 yards on two carries, Holcomb finished with 32 yards on four carries, Austin Moore had 30 yards on one carry and Holden Tarno had 26 yards on five carries.
Both the seventh grade and junior high teams will be back in action this Thursday evening, as they host the Paragould Rams at Parker Field. The seventh grade game will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. with the junior high game to follow at 7:00.