Tribe Sweeps Bearkatz

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Junior Mohawk quarterback Trey Gossett (15) hands off to Gunner Shaw (15) during last week's home win over Melbourne. Leading the way are Piggott's Mason Tillman (4) and Lane Buchanan.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott junior and senior Mohawk football teams both posted wins over the Melbourne Bearkatz last week. The junior squad pounded their visitors Thursday night at Parker Field 54-14, and on Friday evening the senior team traveled deep into the Ozarks and handed their hosts a 27-18 conference loss. Both squads will take on Manila this week, with the junior team on the road tonight and the Mohawks marking senior night tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 23, at home.

Juniors Roll

The Piggott Junior Mohawks entertained the Melbourne Bearkatz last Thursday, Oct. 15, at Parker Field but proved to be inhospitable hosts as they pounded their visitors 54-14. The Tribe combined a strong defensive performance with an explosive offense, as they cruised to the lopsided conference win.

Piggott's Logan Dixon is less than 10 yards short of rushing for 1,000 yards this season, and should eclipse the mark in Friday night's home game with Manila.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

"We really came out sharp, I was proud of the way we played," Coach Michael Harrell said of the win.

The Mohawks got a big game from Gunner Shaw, as he scored touchdowns on runs of 13, 7, 53, 18 and 50 yards out on the night and scored the final two-point conversion to set the final. Meanwhile, Mason Tillman added two more touchdowns late, on runs for 36 and 46 yards, as the Tribe dominated in total offense 333 to 174 yards.

Tillman gained the edge in total yards rushing, as he carried the ball 11 times for 155 yards, while Shaw finished with 141 yards on 10 carries and Lane Buchanan had 32 yards on four carries and a two-point conversion. Meanwhile, Mohawk quarterback Trey Gossett was 1 for 3 passing for 8 yards and also scored three two-point conversions and had an interception on defense.

Top rusher for the Bearkatz was Silas Motes, as he carried the football 17 times for 111 yards in the loss.

With the win the Junior Mohawks extend their season record to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. This Thursday evening they'll be on the road at Manila to take on the Junior Lions, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Tribe Victorious

The Piggott Mohawks kept their playoffs hopes alive Friday night, as they traveled to Melbourne and pounded-out a crucial 27-18 conference win over the Bearkatz. Coming off a disappointing overtime homecoming loss to Cedar Ridge, the Tribe rebounded well and had strong games on both sides of the football.

"I'm not making excuses, but we were a little banged up in the Cedar Ridge game," Coach Michael Harrell said of the win. "But, Friday night we looked about as good as we have all year. I was really proud of the way the defense has come together, we really looked strong."

Testimony to the performance were the five interceptions the Tribe defense picked-off on the night, as they were able to make crucial plays at key times in notching the win. "We had another interception, too, but it was called back," Harrell added.

The Piggott offense also enjoyed a productive evening in the Ozarks, as Logan Dixon was once again the workhorse for the squad, carrying the ball 24 times for 130 yards. "Logan is only about nine yards short of 1,000 rushing yards this season," Harrell added. Landon Williams also rebounded from a leg injury in the Cedar Ridge game, breaking a 50 yard touchdown run for the Mohawk's first score, as he finished with 99 yards on 15 carries.

William's touchdown came with 10:06 to play in the first, with Seth Lacy adding the PAT. Trace Stallings got the second Piggott TD with 11:16 to go in the first quarter as he ran an interception back from 26 yards out, but this time the PAT was no good. The Bearkatz got their first score a short time later, but the conversion pass attempt was incomplete and the Mohawk lead stood at 14-6.

The Piggott offense answered once again with 7:41 to go in the first half as Dixon scampered in from 33 yards out. Once again Lacy added the PAT, and the score stood at 21-6. But, Melbourne found the end zone one more time before intermission, as they scored from two yards out with 4:59 left in the second. Once again the PAT attempt was no good, and at the half the score stood at 21-12 in favor of the Mohawks.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but both teams added touchdowns in the fourth. The Mohawk's score came with 5:08 to go in the ballgame as Hayden Lemmons hit Caleb Welborn for a 5 yard touchdown pass. Lacy added the PAT, and the Mohawks enjoyed a 28-12 advantage.

But, late in the game the Bearkatz took advantage of several penalty flags to mount a drive, scoring from 5 yards out with 1:14 to play. But, once again the PAT attempt was no good and the final score was set.

Along with the performances of Dixon and Williams, the Tribe got 32 yards rushing from Cade Harrell on 7 carries, 28 yards from Bret Fuller on 6 carries and 26 yards from Stallings on 8 carries.

Despite the disparity on the scoreboard, total offense was comparable as the Mohawks had a total of 315 yards while the Bearkatz had 312 yards combined.

On defense, Welborn, Lemmons and Stallings all had one interception each, with Stallings returning his for a TD. Meanwhile, Dixon had two picks for the Tribe, Harrell finished with 7 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries and John Jones had 6 tackles.

"They kept trying to establish the passing game and we kept picking them off," Harrell said of his defense's performance.

With the win the Mohawk move to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in 3A-3 conference play. This week they'll mark senior night at Parker Field, as they host the Manila Lions. Last week the Lions upset league-leading Rivercrest, as the playoff race remains tight. "It's a tight race, there are several key games this week," Harrell said of the conference standings.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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