PHS's Stephens Signs With Lyon College
In somewhat of a storybook beginning, Piggott's Bradley Stephens scored a touchdown the first time he carried the football in a pee wee game. Just a fourth grader, playing in a scrimmage, the young man would set the standard for what would be a standout career in junior and senior high.
Last fall Stephens wrapped-up up his high school career on the turf of Parker Field, helping lead the Mohawks to their third straight Rice Bowl win over the Corning Bobcats. And, although he didn't score a touchdown on his final carry for the Tribe, he was an integral part of a gallant goal line stand by the Mohawk defense, which helped preserve the victory.
And, although his senior year was not the dominate one he would have liked to have enjoyed; Stephens will have another opportunity this fall as he has signed to continue his football career at Lyon College.
Last Thursday, Feb. 26, Stephens was joined by family, friends, teammates and coaches as he signed a letter of intent to attend Lyon College and play football for the Scots.
The season will be an historical one for Lyon College, as they'll return to action for the first time in some six decades. Founded as Arkansas College in 1872, football was first played at the college in Batesville in 1890. But, the program ceased to exist by 1951. In 1994 Arkansas College was renamed Lyon College, and in the summer of 2013 it was announced football would return.
Later that summer Kirk Kelley was hired as the Scots coach, and the first player signed was Batesville Pioneer standout tight end Garrett Denton. It was also announced the Scots would be playing their home games in Batesville's Pioneer Stadium.
Last fall the team continued to sign regional players, and develop the program, as they played two inter-squad scrimmages. This fall they'll return to action, with the first game set for Saturday, Aug. 29, as they host Tabor College.
Stephens was a three-way standout during his time as a Mohawk, as an impact running back, defensive back and punter. He was also an outstanding sprinter, leaving his mark as a member of the Mohawk track team as a junior and expected to excel again this spring.
Joining him for the ceremony were his parents, Jeff and Jammee Stephens, his high school coach Michael Harrell and Lyon College Assistant Coach Nick Palese.