Mohawk Junior Squad Pounds Bobkittens
The Piggott Junior Mohawks traveled to Corning last Thursday, Sept. 18, for a rare early season showdown with their cross-county rivals. Frustrated by back-to-back non-conference losses to larger schools, the young Tribe was ready to showcase their talents and abilities, and when the final horn sounded the Mohawks had posted a lopsided 30-0 victory.
Actually, the score was a bit deceiving as the Tribe dominated their hosts on both sides of the football prompting Coach Michael Harrell to chastise his squad for leaving points on the field.
"It's good to be a Mohawk right now," the first year coach said of the win. "The kids played hard--that junior high team is coming around now and starting to look like the team we knew we had."
The Mohawks won the coin toss, and chose to receive. The offense then marched downfield with quarterback Hayden Lemmons taking it in from 16 yards out to hit the pylon, for the early lead. But, the two point conversion was no good and the score stood at 6-0 with 5:10 in the first.
The Bobkittens troubles on offense were evident from their first play from scrimmage, as quarterback Martin Ahrent coughed up the ball and it was recovered by Piggott's John Jones and Cade Harrell.
The Mohawk offense had its issues as well, and they turned the ball over on downs deep in Corning territory. But, the Mohawks got the ball back a short time later and Elijah Bellers took it in from three yards out to make it 12-0. Bellers also added the two point conversion, extending the lead to 14-0.
The Mohawks defense again held the Corning squad at bay, and the Tribe pushed the ball down to the Bobkitten's 20 yard line as the first quarter ended.
But, once again the Mohawk drive stalled in the red zone and the ball went over on downs.
Four plays later the Corning punter was forced to kick from his end zone, and the Tribe got the ball back near where they had surrendered it moments earlier. This set up Cade Harrell's first touchdown, from 12 yards out. Jones got the call on the two-point conversion, and the Mohawks led 22-0.
Late in the half the Tribe again got the ball back and attempted to mount a drive, but it ended with just seconds left in the quarter as Lemmons was intercepted.
The Mohawks would score once more, as Harrell broke off a TD run from 35 yards out with 4:42 to play in the third. Bellers added the two point conversion, and the final was set at 30-0.
"I can't say enough about the defense, what was it we held them to minus 28 yards in total offense?" Harrell said of the performance. "And, they didn't get a first down until a couple of minutes to go in the ballgame."
On the game the Mohawks combined for a total of 196 yards in offense, while Corning was -15 yards at the half, and finished with negative 28 yards on the game.
"Our defense line was just great--Nate Mallard, Lane Buchanan, Dalton Morris, Alex Gibson and Mason Tillman at the end--those guys were tough up front, very tough up front," Harrell added. "I just can't say enough about their performance."
Morris had four tackles, along with Trey Gossett and Lane Buchanan while Jones finished with three.
"We beat them 30-0 and I was upset because I felt we left 24 points on the field," Harrell explained. "Against good teams, against the Osceolas and the Rivercrests, we have to take advantage of every possession if we want to compete for a conference championship."
Cade Harrell paced the offense with 69 yards on 8 carries and two touchdowns, while Bellers finished with 54 yards on six carries and a touchdown and Lemmons had 20 yards on two carries and the other touchdown.
"We're close, we're just not there yet," Harrell said of his offense. "I'm really proud of the line, our traps were there and they know what they're doing. Right now we just need to work on the running backs blocking for each other and knowing where the bubble is in the defense."
This Thursday, Sept. 25, the junior squad will visit Osceola in conference play.
"We've still got some tightening down to do offensively, but they've had a great week getting ready for Osceola so I'm expecting the offense to really click," Harrell surmised. "They beat Rivercrest last week 22-7, and they're pretty good. I think this will be a really big showdown for the conference race, and we're right there. If we play like we're capable of playing we can beat Osceola."
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.