Mohawk Junior Squad Thump 'Katz
The Mohawk junior football team made the long trip to Melbourne on Thursday, Oct. 16, and notched a lopsided conference win over the young Bearkatz. Coming off a short week due to the postponement of the Cedar Ridge game to Monday night, and making the long bus ride in the Ozarks, one might have thought the squad would be prime for a letdown--but the scrappy Mohawks responded with a 38-6 pounding of their hosts.
The Tribe dominated both sides of the football at Melbourne, racking up 374 yards in total offense while holding Bearkatz to just 99 total yards in their first meeting as conference foes.
Elijah Bellers drew first blood for the Mohawks, scoring from three yards out with just over three minutes to go in the first quarter. Hayden Lemmons scored the two-point conversion, which would prove to be enough to get the win. Bellers added another three yard touchdown in the second, and notched the two-point conversion as well, as the Mohawks led 16-0.
Meanwhile, the Bearkatz got their lone touchdown of the game with just seconds to go in the first half as they got a 50 yard touchdown pass catch and run. But, the conversion attempt was no good and the Mohawks led 16-6 at the half.
John Jones tacked-on a six yard touchdown run in the third, quarter, but this time the two-point conversion attempt was no good. Later in the quarter Cade Harrell broke-off a 60 yard touchdown run, with Bellers adding the two points to make it a 30-6 ballgame.
Midway through the fourth quarter the Mohawk's Reagan Mayberry would pad the lead, as he broke a 33 yard touchdown run. The two point conversion was also good, and the final score was set.
Harrell led all rushers with 130 yards on 7 carries, Bellers finished with 83 yards on 11 carries, John Jones had 53 yards on 7 carries, Gunner Shaw had 37 yards on 3 carries, Mayberry had 33 yards on two carries and Lemmons finished with 16 yards on 3 carries. On the game the Tribe had nine players with positive yardage. Meanwhile, only one of the Bearkatz had positive yardage, while all the other Melbourne ball carriers were in the deficit column.
With the win the junior Mohawks move to 4-3 overall and 4-1 in 3A-3 conference play keeping their chances of a title alive. They'll close out the home portion of their schedule this Thursday, Oct. 23, at Parker Field as they host the Manila Lions. The night has also been designated as a "Pink Out" game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month sponsored by the junior cheerleaders. Everyone is urged to wear pink, and special activities are set for halftime. Next Thursday, Oct. 30, the junior Mohawks will end the season on the road at Hoxie.