Junior Teams in Action

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Junior Cougars fell in conference action at Cherry Valley last week, while the Mohawk junior squad had no trouble on the road at Cedar Valley. Both will be back in action tonight, Thursday, Oct. 15.

Junior Mohawks

The Piggott Junior Mohawks made the trip to Cedar Ridge last Thursday, Oct. 8, and pounded the host Timberwolves 40-0. The Tribe jumped out to the lead in the first, scoring 16 late in the quarter, and despite liberal substitutions continued to roll to the final score.

Mason Tillman drew first blood for the Mohawks, scoring from 7 yards out with just under two minutes to go in the first quarter. Quarterback Trey Gossett added the two-point-conversion, and the Mohawks took the lead 8-0.

Just moments later Michael Salyards caught a Gossett pass, and ran 38 yards for the Tribe's second touchdown. This time Tillman added the two-point conversion, and the Mohawk lead was 16-0.

The Piggott squad added one more tally before intermission, as Tillman ran it in from 27 yards out. Once again Gossett got the nod on the two-point conversion, and the score stood at 24-0 at the break.

In the second half Coach Michael Harrell substituted freely, only turning back to his starters when it appeared the Timberwolves might get a late score and break-up the shut out. But, the Mohawks also added two more touchdowns in the third quarter of play.

The first came on a 20 yard run by Austin Moore, with 4:40 to play in the third. The second came with less than a minute to go in the quarter, as Lane Buchanan took it to paydirt from four yards out. Gossett notched both the two-point conversions, and the final score was set.

Pacing the Mohawk offense was Gunner Shaw with 6 carries for 90 yards, while Tillman had 79 yards on 6 carries and Buchanan finished with 41 yards on 7 carries. The top rusher for Cedar Ridge only managed 25 yards on 14 carries, as the Mohawks dominated on total offense 278 to 41 yards.

With the win they Junior Mohawks move to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in 3A-3 conference play. Thursday evening they'll host the Melbourne Bearkatz at Parker Field, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Junior Cougars

The Rector Junior Cougars were shut out, 26-0 by Cross County on Thursday night in a district football game at Cherry Valley.

"Our kids played hard, but Cross County was just better than we were," coach David Hendrix said. The Thunderbird junior high team is made up of ninth graders who remain undefeated this season. Compared to the Junior Cougars they were bigger and more physical, coach Hendrix said.

"We stood with them all four quarters," Hendrix said. "However, we can't get happy with a loss, no matter who we're playing."

The Cougars will host the Earle Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Thursday at Temerian Field. The biggest obstacle the junior high team will face is Earle's speed, Hendrix said. Earle also is undefeated.

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