Mohawks Fall to Colts in Classic 3A-3 Shootout
The Piggott Mohawks fell to the Rivercrest Colts in 3A-3 football action Friday night at Parker Field. Going into the game, both teams looked to remain undefeated in conference on the season, as the contest had major playoffs implications. And, when the dust had cleared the Colt's Cecil Langston had turned in the performance of his career, leading the visitors to a 42-21 decision.
The game was also chosen as the Arkansas National Guard game of the week, with the teams wearing special jerseys, and prior to the contest members of the PHS Mohawk football team of the fall of 1965 were introduced and recognized. This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the continuation of the 25 game winning streak, which first started near the end of the 1962 season. The winning streak continued through both the 1963 and 1964 seasons, and ended at 25 in the third game of the 1965 campaign.
On hand for the pregame ceremony to serve as honorary captains were 10 members of the team, including Frank Staples, Dan Newton, Davey Winberry, Greg Walker, Sam Jewell, Sam Williams, Gary Bradford, Jerry Moore and Pat McCarron.
With a near-capacity crowd on hand, the Colts won the pre-game coin toss and deferred to the second half giving the Mohawks first shot. With the strong north wind at their back, Rivercrest kicked it deep to Piggott's Trace Stallings, who covered it on the 18. The Tribe then began to try to establish the running game, behind carries by Logan Dixon, Cody Crittenden and Landon Williams. But, the Mohawks were held to a three-and-out, and were forced to punt it away from the 25.
The Colts then put together their first scoring drive with Langston breaking off a 40 yard touchdown run moments later. The PAT by Ryan Rogers was also good, and the Rivercrest lead was 7-0 with 8:54 to play in the first.
On the following drive the Mohawks once again had trouble moving the football, as they turned it over on downs near midfield. This set up the second Colt touchdown, as they put together a five play drive with Braden Wilson scoring from five yards out. Once again Roger's PAT was good, and the visitors enjoyed a 14-0 lead midway through the first.
Following the second Colt touchdown Mohawk coach Michael Harrell gathered his players, and the team responded on the ensuing kickoff as Dixon returned it 97 yards for the Tribe's first touchdown. Seth Lacey then added the PAT, and with 6:12 to go in the first quarter the Mohawks trailed 14-7.
On the following Rivercrest series the Mohawk defense began to make an impact, and the Colts were forced to punt it back to the Tribe a short time later. The Mohawks then put together a strong drive behind the running of Williams, Dixon, Stallings and Cade Harrell but it ended on a fourth and short at mid-field late in the first as the Colts took advantage of a favorable spot.
As the quarter drew to a close the Colts were driving, but facing third and long.
On the first play of the second quarter Harrell made a big stop for the Tribe, setting up a fourth down situation. But, Langston once again got the nod and despite a good effort by Stallings, picked up the Rivercrest first down despite a Colt holding call.
Later in the drive Rivercrest once again faced fourth down, but Langston answered the call and took the direct snap and ran for their third touchdown. Once again the PAT was good, and the Colt lead stood at 21-7 with 7:50 to go in the half.
On the following kick-off the Colts squib-kicked to near mid-field, where the ball was covered by Dakota Santos. On the following drive the Mohawks were still unable to find their offensive rhythm, and once again gave up the ball on downs.
Langston and company then pushed the ball down to the Mohawk two, where they punched it in for their fourth touchdown with less than three minutes to go in the half. Once again the PAT was good, and Rivercrest's lead was 28-7.
On the final drive of the half the Tribe got big runs from Cody Crittenden and Stallings. With time running out in the half, Dixon hit Crittenden on a half-back pass and the Mohawks moved the ball deep into Rivercrest territory. With less than a minute to go in the quarter Dixon out-ran the Colt defenders to the corner for the Mohawk's second TD. Lacy once again added the PAT, and the score stood at 28-14 at the half.
The second half began with the Colts putting together another strong drive behind the running of Langston, as they took it deep into Mohawk territory. This led to a three yard Langston touchdown, but this time the two point conversion attempt was no good as the score moved to 34-14.
The Mohawks then put together a strong drive, featuring several good runs by Fuller and Dixon, and a pass completion from Dixon to Caleb Welborn. The Tribe found paydirt moments later, as Dixon outran the Colt defender to the corner. Lacy once again added the PAT, and the Mohawks cut the lead to 34-21 with 4:23 to go in the third.
Langston had several big runs on the following Rivercrest drive, which was capped with a touchdown reception by Wilson as he scored from the 18 on a fourth down play. This time Langston took the direct snap and took it in for the two point conversion, and the final score was set.
Langston led all rushers with 266 yards on 23 carries, while Dixon paced the Mohawks with 89 yards on 21 carries. Meanwhile, Fuller had 49 yards on 5 carries, Williams finished with 20 yards on 6 totes, Crittenden had 19 yards on 7 carries and Stallings had 22 yards on 9 carries. Fuller was 1 for 2 passing for 9 yards, while Dixon was 1 for 1 for 33 yards on his completion to Crittenden.
The Colts had the edge in total offense, as they combined for 348 yards compared to the Mohawk's 247 yards on the game.
With the loss the Tribe falls to 4-1 and 1-1 in 3A-3 conference play. They'll be back in action this Friday evening at Parker Field, as they host Cedar Ridge in the annual homecoming contest. Last week the Timberwolves beat Manila 34-16 as they moved to 1-1 in conference play as well. Pre-game festivities are set for 6:15 with kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday night.