Junior Cougars Roll, Junior Mohawks Fall

Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Junior High Cougars offense moves the football in the first quarter of Thursday night's game en route to a win over the Midland Mustangs 34-8.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

The Junior Cougars posted a strong performance last Thursday, as they pounded the Midland Mustangs. Meanwhile, the Junior Mohawks ran into a tough Rivercrest Colt team on the road, and dropped a conference decision.

Junior Cougars

The Rector Junior Cougars stepped up their game Thursday night, pummeling the Midland Mustangs, 34-8, at Temerian Field.

Evan Dooley drove through a host of Mustangs, scoring the first touchdown of the night on the first play from scrimmage, making it 6-0.

Midland turned the ball over on downs on its first possession and Shannon Patterson covered 60 yards for a second Cougar touchdown with 3:37 on the clock bringing the score to 12-0.

With three seconds left in the first quarter Dooley once again took the football at the 10-yard line and punched in a third touchdown for the Cougars. A pass to Patterson completed the conversion, making the score 20-0 at the end of the first.

Jason Braman, on a five-yard run, punched in a touchdown early on in the second quarter, bringing the score to 26-0. Max Ford pulled in the conversion for a 28-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter Ford punched one in with a 10-yard carry dragging two Mustangs across the goal line with him refusing to be taken down. That made the halftime margin 34-0.

Midland scored its only touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was good and the game ended with a score of 34-8.

"We came out and played really well," Cougar coach David Hendrix said. "We got really physical and played hard. This is exactly what we needed for the guys to figure out we are a really good football team."

The junior high team will play the Cross County Thunderbirds at Cherry Valley at 7 Thursday night.

Junior Mohawks

The Piggott Junior Mohawks traveled to Wilson Thursday, Oct. 1, and dropped a 26-8 conference game to the Rivercrest Colts. The hosts jumped out to an early lead on the Tribe, scoring on a 69 yard touchdown run just seconds into the ballgame. But, the Mohawk defense stood tough on the two point conversion attempt, as the young Colts took a 6-0 lead. The home team would add to the tally with 1:25 left in the first quarter, as Rivercrest scored a 20 yard touchdown run. This time the Colts completed a pass for the two-point conversion, and the score stood at 14-0.

The Tribe responded moments later, driving to the one yard line where quarterback Trey Gossett carried it in for the touchdown. Gunner Shaw notched the two point conversion for the Mohawks, and the teams went into the locker rooms at the half with a score of 14-8.

The Colts came out hot again in the second half, scoring on a 40 yard touchdown pass and run on the first play of the third. But, once again the two-point conversion attempt was no good, as the lead was extended to 20-8. The Colt defense also tightened-up in the second half, holding the Tribe scoreless for the remainder of the contest and intercepting two Gossett passes.

The final score of the game came with 6:40 to play, as the Colts scored on a 50 yard touchdown run. And, once again the two-point-conversion attempt was no good, and the final score was set.

"They came out and jumped to the early lead, and it was 14-0 before you knew it," Coach Michael Harrell said of the contest. "They're very talented, and pretty deep, they dressed nearly 50 kids for the game."

Disregarding kick returns, total yardage on the night was actually much closer than the final score, as the Colts finished with 272 yards to the 197 generated by the Tribe. Mason Tillman led the team in rushing with 71 yards on 17 carries while Shaw had 57 yards on 11 carries and Lane Buchanan finished with 38 yards on nine totes. Gossett was 3 for 6 passing for the Mohawks for 35 yards, but was picked-off twice.

With the loss the Junior Mohawks now stand at 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. They'll be on the road this Thursday evening at Cedar Ridge, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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