Piggott Junior Mohawks Beat Timberwolves

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Piggott's Dalton Morris (44) helps pave the way for an Elijah Bellers run in the Junior Tribe's home win over Cedar Ridge.

Although they were delayed some 72 hours, the Piggott Mohawk junior squad hosted Cedar Ridge in conference action Monday night at Parker Field. The game had been set for Thursday, but an electrical storm prompted officials to delay the contest until Monday. And, although the rain had moved out of the region by that point, field conditions were dismal as the Tribe notched a 22-16 come from behind win.

Going into the contest the Cedar Ridge team sported a record of 5-0, and was averaging some 40 points a game. But, according to Mohawk Coach Michael Harrell, "they're good, but they haven't played anybody really good yet, like us."

The Timberwolves won the coin toss and elected to take the football first Monday night, and mounted a long scoring drive to make it 8-0. On the following drive the Mohawk offense sputtered, and the Cedar Ridge team got it back with good field position. They notched their second touchdown moments later from 47 yards out, and again the two point conversion was good to make it 16-0.

But, the Mohawks would answer and mount their own drive set up by a long kick-off return by Cade Harrell. That ended moments later as John Jones couldn't handle the pitch-back on the wet field and the Timberwolves got the ball back deep in their own territory.

The Tribe defense then rose to the occasion, and big tackles by Elijah Bellers and Nate Mallard effectively stifled the effort and forced a fourth and nine. Hayden Lemmons then had the big play for the Mohawks, as he dropped the ball carrier for no gain and the football went back to the Tribe on downs.

This set up the Mohawks first touchdown, which came on an 18 yard run by Harrell, with the two point conversion added by Jones. On the ensuing Cedar Ridge drive the Mohawks once again got a good defensive stop and got the ball back.

But, once again the Mohawks had trouble moving the football and the Timberwolves picked-off a pass to get the ball back near midfield. But, a Cedar Ridge player was flagged for a personal foul on the play and the Timberwolves were backed up 15 yards. Moments later they were also flagged for a chop block, pushing them deeper into their own territory.

After the Mohawks got the ball back they put together their most impressive drive of the night, featuring the running of Harrell and Bellers. It was topped as Trey Gossett took it in from two yards out, and Jones added the two point conversion, to make it a 16-16 game.

The two teams remained knotted throughout much of the second half, as the Mohawk defense got several big stops and a fumble recovery by Mallard.

The Mohawks finally broke the deadlock with just 52 seconds to play as Bellers broke free for a 25 yard touchdown sprint to end zone to make it a 30-22 game. The two point conversion attempt was no good, setting the final score.

But, the Timberwolves made one last ditch effort, which ended as Piggott's Quentin Reeves intercepted the Cedar Ridge quarterback in Mohawk territory.

Bellers led the Mohawk offense on the night with 67 yards on 11 carries while Harrell had 64 yards on 11 totes. On defense, Harrell had 11 tackles, Nate Mallard had 7 tackles, two for a loss and a fumble recovery and Dalton Morris finished with 6 tackles.

With the win the Junior Mohawks extend their season record to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play, keeping their hopes of a district title alive. They'll be back in action on the road this Thursday, Oct. 16, as they make the long trip to Melbourne to take on the Bearkatz in conference play.

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