Junior Mohawks Tame Lions in Home Victory

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Mohawk Dalton Morris heads to the corner of the end zone for the Tribe's final touchdown in the junior squad's 40-0 win over Manila.

Last fall the Junior Piggott Mohawk football team, which was comprised mainly of talented eighth graders, visited Manila and suffered through a 36-6 loss. Last Thursday those eighth graders, now somewhat larger and faster freshmen, were reminded of that night 12 months ago as they hosted the Lions and handed the visitors a 40-0 pounding.

As the season begins to wind down, Coach Michael Harrell has continued to look for ways to optimize production for his junior team. And, for this week he made the move to shift eighth grader Trey Gossett to quarterback, allowing former signal caller Hayden Lemmons a chance to line up at running back and in the slot. The results were immediate, and positive, as the offense racked up 332 yards with 248 coming on the ground and another 84 through the air.

The Mohawks also got strong games on both sides of the football from Cade Harrell, Elijah Bellers, Dalton Morris, John Jones and a host of others in posting the lopsided win.

The Mohawks took the opening kick-off of the ballgame, and set the tone early as they mounted a drive lasting nearly three minutes. The extended drive was an exciting one, highlighted by several strong runs and two long passes from Gossett. Bellers topped off the drive with a two yard touchdown run, while Lemmons added the two point conversion to make it 8-0.

The Mohawks scored again with 35 seconds left in the first on a one yard run by Gossett, with Bellers adding the conversion to make it 16-0.

They tacked-on another score with 5:43 to go in the first half, as Harrell broke loose on a 20 yard run. Once again Lemmons notched the two-point conversion, and the Mohawk lead was 24-0. The Tribe also tried to mount another scoring drive late in the first half, but time ran out.

Mid-way through the third quarter the Mohawks rang-up the Lions once again, with Harrell scoring from 12 yards out. This time Bellers got the call, and added the conversion to make it a 32-0 game.

Throughout the remainder of the contest the Mohawks substituted freely, and continued to dominate both sides of the football. The Tribe got their last score with 7:30 to play in the contest, as Morris took it in from seven yards out on the reverse. Bellers once again notched the conversion, and the clock would run non-stop through the remainder of the ballgame due to the mercy rule.

Harrell led the Mohawks on both offense and defense, rushing for 101 yards on 9 carries with 2 touchdowns and recording a game-high 8 tackles. Meanwhile, Bellers had 58 yards on 10 carries a touchdown and a 23 yard reception, Gossett had 29 yards rushing on 4 carries and a touchdown, Morris had 1 carry for 7 yards and a touchdown, Dakota Santos had 1 carry for 25 yards and Lemmons finished with 2 carries for 15 yards and a 44 yard reception.

Morris finished with 6 tackles, Gossett had 5, Jones had 4, Gunner Shaw had 3 tackles and caused a fumble and Mason Tillman had a fumble recovery for the defense.

For the Lions, they were paced by Kyle Bell with 42 yards on 4 carries while Logan Hamilton was the work-horse, carrying the ball 17 times for just 39 yards against the stingy Mohawk defense.

With the win the junior Mohawks advance to 5-3 overall and 5-1 in the 3A-3 conference, and keep their chances of a title alive. They'll close out their season this Thursday evening as they visit the Hoxie Junior Mustangs, kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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