Mohawk Junior Squad Edged by Paragould
The Piggott Junior Mohawks opened the home portion of their football schedule Thursday evening, dropping an 8-6 non-conference decision to the 5A Paragould Rams at Parker Field. All of the scoring for both teams came in the first quarter, and the remainder of the contest neither squad could mount a successful drive.
"I was really proud of the improvement we made from week one to week two," noted Coach Michael Harrell. "Paragould has a very good junior high team, they beat Highland the week before and beat Annie Camp in pre-season play, so I was very happy that we made a good showing."
The Mohawks took the opening kickoff of the game, and drew first blood on a long pass completion. The score came with 4:25 to go in the first quarter as quarterback Hayden Lemmons hit Elijah Bellers for a 42 yard touchdown pass. But, the two point conversion attempt by Dakota Santos came up short and the Tribe led 6-0.
But, the junior Rams would answer a short time later, as they put together a sustained drive and scored from five yards out with 3:51 to go in the first quarter. But, for the Rams the two-point conversion was good and the final score was set with over three quarters of the game to go at 8-6.
Both teams did mount long drives in the remaining three quarters of the game, but were hampered by both the turnover and penalty flag. The Mohawks last shot at the win came with just moments to go in the game as they drove to the Ram's 14, but Lemmons fourth down pass to Santos was no good and the ball went over on downs.
With less than a minute left in regulation the Rams thought they had padded the final score, as the broke a 60 yard touchdown run but it was called-back on a block from behind.
"That was the junior high football team I knew we had," Harrell surmised. "I was really proud of the defense and the way they handled the Paragould spread. I also thought our D-backs did a great job, it was like night and day from the Westside game the week before."
Pacing the Mohawk offensive attack was Cade Harrell with 32 yards on seven carries, while Lemmons had 22 yards on four carries, Santos had 19 yards on four carries, Bellers had 25 yards on eight and John Jones had 19 yards on 10 carries. Lemmons was also 3 of 6 passing for 58 yards and the Piggott touchdown. Meanwhile, Michael Dixon had 13 carries for 105 yards for the Rams.
In total offense the nod went to the Rams by just four yards, as they had a total of 179 to the Tribe's 175.
On defense Jones led the way with four tackles, while Santos, Harrell, Alex Gibson, Dalton Morris and Quinton Reeves had three each.
"We may be 2-0 after these two games, but we've played some quality opponents," Harrell noted. "There are teams we'll face in conference play that are not as tough as these were. I think it will really help us as we prepare for conference games."
And, for the junior Mohawks that conference schedule begins this week as they will visit the Corning Bobkittens Thursday, Sept. 18, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Last Thursday's Mohawk seventh grade game against Paragould, scheduled for prior to the junior high game, was cancelled due to the weather. But, the seventh grade and eighth grade squads were in action Monday evening at Parker Field, as they hosted the teams from Corning.
The Tribe swept the night, with the seventh grade squad posting a 6-0 victory. Then, in the late contest the eighth graders rolled over the Bobkittens 32-0.
Mason Tillman had two of the Piggott scores, while Trey Gossett and Lane Buchanan had one each.
According to Coach Michael Harrell, more games for the squads may be scheduled in the coming weeks.