Junior Mohawks Tame Young Lions

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Junior Mohawk running back Gunner Shaw (5) in action from earlier this season. Last Thursday night Shaw eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark at Manila in the team's lopsided win over the junior Lions.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Mohawk junior squad posted another lopsided victory Thursday at Manila, pounding their hosts 54-14 in 3A-3 conference play. Leading the way for the Tribe was Gunner Shaw, as he rolled-up 227 yards rushing on just 7 carries, scoring four touchdowns along the way. The sparkling performance at Manila moved the speedy freshman to 1,059 yards rushing on the season on just 71 carries, an average of just under 15 yards a carry. The other two of the Mohawk's touchdowns came from the other talented freshman RB, as Mason Tillman had an 82 yard kickoff return to start the third quarter, and carried it in from two yards out late in the ballgame.

Actually, the Lions got on the board first as they scored on an 83 yard touchdown run at the 6:26 mark of the first quarter, but the two-point conversion attempt was no good. The Tribe answered with a one yard touchdown by quarterback Trey Gossett moments later, and tacked-on another less than two minutes later as Shaw scored from 14 yards out. Gossett added both two-point conversions, and the score stood at 16-6.

Shaw notched a 49 yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, with Gossett once again getting the two-point conversion, and Manila answered with a 19 yard score of their own. This time the Lions attempted to pass for the two-point conversion, but it was no good. Then, with less than a minute to go to halftime Shaw broke-off a 17 yard touchdown run for the Tribe. Gossett attempted to pass for the two-pointer, but it was no good and the halftime score stood at 30-12.

Tillman started the second half off with the long kickoff return for a touchdown, and this time Gossett connected with Dylan Bellers for the two-point conversion to make it 38-12. But, the Lions answered less than a minute later, as they scored on a three yard run. The run attempt for the two-point conversion was no good, as the score moved to 38-18.

Mid-way through the quarter Tillman would cap a strong Mohawk drive with his second TD, as he carried it in from two yards out. Adding the two-point conversion this time was Shaw, as the score stood at 46-18 as the fourth quarter began. But, both teams would add to their totals, with the Lions scoring from six yards out with 3:11 to play, but the Mohawk defense would still not allow them to convert on the two-point attempt.

Shaw would offer the final blow to the Lions, running it in from 63 yards out less than 30 seconds later. Gossett once again scored on the two-point conversion attempt, and the final score was set at 54-24.

Despite the disparity in the score, total offensive yards were fairly close as the Tribe recorded 350 yards and the Lions 323. Although, the Mohawks did enjoy a distinct advantage on special team yardage.

In addition to Shaw's 227 yards rushing, Tillman finished with 53 yards on 7 carries, Gossett finished with 41 yards on 4 totes and Logan Buchanan had 27 yards on 4 carries. Tillman is also having a strong freshman season in the Mohawk backfield, as he has rushed for 735 yards on 86 carries over the course of the first eight games.

With the win the squad moves to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play, with the only loss coming at the hands of Rivercrest.

As for Shaw, he would have to rush for over 270 yards this Thursday in the season finale to eclipse the record set by Corbin Chase in 2007. The squad will close out the campaign with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Parker Field as they take on the Hoxie Junior Mustangs.

Seventh Grade Mohawks

The seventh grade Mohawk football squad also posted a win at Manila, as they beat the Lions 24-14.

Logan Ralph ran for a touchdown for the young Tribe, and caught a pass from quarterback Michael Parker for another. Tanner Dixon scored the third touchdown, and each of the trio had a two-point conversion to set the final score.

With the win the seventh grade squad moves to 4-3-1 on the season, as they're set to close out their campaign Thursday at home against Hoxie. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. prior to the junior high game at Parker Field.

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