Rector-Piggott Football Rivalry Gets New Life
Although the high school football season is still two months away, local fans are already looking ahead to week three, as the Piggott-Rector rivalry is renewed. The two teams will square-off on Friday, Sept. 18, at Temerian Field in Rector with kick-off set for 7 p.m. The home-and-away series between the two longtime local rivals was made official earlier this summer, as coaches David Hendrix and Michael Harrell came to the agreement. The opportunity arose as both teams had open dates for week three, and no other suitable opponents could be found.
The non-conference contest is also expected to draw a capacity crowd.
The Cougars will begin their season at Palestine-Wheatley on Friday, Sept. 4, while the Mohawks will host Marked Tree to get their campaign underway the same evening.
Week two, on Friday, Sept. 11, will see the Mohawks go on the road, as they travel to Portageville, Mo., and take on the Bulldogs while the Cougars will be playing their home opener as they host Cedar Ridge.
The following Friday, Sept. 18, the Cougars and the Mohawks will renew their rivalry at Rector.
Week four, on Friday, Sept. 25, the Tribe will begin conference play by hosting the Rivercrest Colts, while the Cougars will also play a home conference game with Walnut Ridge.
The schedule for week five, on Friday, Oct. 2, will see the Cougars hosting the Salem Greyhounds in conference play while the Mohawks are slated to visit the Osceola Seminole in 3A-3 action.
Cedar Ridge will visit Parker Field, and the Mohawks, for a conference game on Friday, Oct. 9, in week six action. Meanwhile, the Rector squad will be traveling to Lepanto for a match-up with 2A-3 foe EPC.
Week seven will bring a road contest for the Cougars, as they travel to Midland in conference play while the Tribe will be making the long trip to Melbourne for their contest with the Bearkatz.
The conference schedule continues in week eight, on Friday, Oct. 23, with the Mohawks slated to host the Manila Lions while the Cougars will host the Thunderbirds of Cross County.
Week nine, on Friday, Oct. 30, includes a conference game at Earle for the Cougars, while the Mohawks will travel to Hoxie and take on the Mustangs.
And, the final week of the season will be played on Thursday, Nov. 5, as the Mohawks visit Corning for their annual Rice Bowl contest with the Bobcats while the Cougars are slated to travel to Marked Tree and take on the Indians.