Tribe Notches Key Conference Victory
The Piggott Mohawks traveled to Osceola Friday night, and for the first time in 10 years notched a key conference victory over the Seminoles. The Tribe jumped out to an early lead in the game, taking advantage of a long touchdown run by Logan Dixon, and then held-on down the stretch to post the victory. The host team was also hurt by the fumble bug, as they coughed the ball up six times and turned it over three times to the Mohawk defense.
The win also puts Friday's home game with Rivercrest in a different light, as both will enter the contest unbeaten in 3A-3 play.
The Mohawks took the opening kickoff from the Seminole, and on the first play from scrimmage Dixon was off on a 68 yard touchdown run to grab the early lead. The PAT attempt was no good, and the Mohawks enjoyed the early 6-0 lead.
But, the Seminole would answer as they put together a 15 play, 89 yard drive, capped by a one yard touchdown run by Derrell Brown. But, the Tribe's special teams rose to the occasion and stopped the two point conversion, and the game stood knotted at 6-6 with 5:27 to go in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Mohawks began to work on ball control as they mounted a 15 play, 49 yard drive that consumed nearly eight minutes. Taking it in from one yard out was Piggott QB Bret Fuller, with Dixon adding the two-point conversion to make it 14-6.
The Mohawks added one more touchdown in the first half, as Fuller once again carried it in from one yard out. The touchdown came with just under 30 second to play in the half, and capped a 10 play, 52 yard drive, that burned up nearly six minutes--effectively keeping the Osceola offense on their sideline most of the first half.
In the second half the Seminole began to get their offense in gear, as they scored about mid-way through the quarter on a six yard run by Brown. The touchdown capped a 61 yard drive, and pulled the Seminoles back into the ballgame 21-14.
With just over a minute to go in the third quarter Osceola took the lead for the first time on the game, as Brown caught a 47 yard touchdown pass from D.J. Flie. Colby Woodson added the two point conversion, and the Seminole led 22-21.
Neither team could add to their total until late in the fourth quarter as the Mohawks put together the game winning drive.
The Mohawk offense got the ball with just under five minutes to play, and put together a 65 yard drive that ended with a 20 yard Dixon touchdown run. This time the two point conversion attempt was no good, and the final score was set at 27-22.
The Seminole edged the Tribe in total yardage on the night 344 to 275, with all of the Mohawks' yardage coming on the ground. Meanwhile, the Seminoles were 7 of 18 passing for 148 yards through the air.
Dixon led all rushers with 191 yards on 25 carries, and two touchdowns, while Piggott's Landon Williams had 51 yards on 10 carries and Cade Harrell carried the ball four times for 41 yards. Pacing the Osceola running game were Gavin and Brown, who each carried the ball 15 times for 81 yards each.
Four games into the campaign Dixon already has 629 yards on 72 carries, and nine touchdowns; Williams has 271 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns; Cody Crittenden has 147 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns and Trace Stallings has 129 yards on 25 carries.
Defensively, Cade Harrell is leading the team in tackles with 31; John Jones has 25; Dakota Santos has 17 and Michael Massey has 16.
With the win the Mohawks move to 4-0 and 1-0 in 3A-3 conference play. Friday evening they'll host the Rivercrest Colts at Parker Field in what has turned out to be a key conference contest. The game is also the Arkansas National Guard game of the week, and will include special ceremonies and uniforms. Prior to the contest the Mohawk football team of the fall of 1965 will also be remembered, and those on hand will serve as honorary captains. (see related story this section)
Next week, Friday, Oct. 9, the Mohawks will celebrate homecoming, as they host the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves.