Mohawk Junior Squad Sprints Past Mustangs

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Piggott Junior Mohawk running back Gunner Shaw follows Brandon Wellman (52) into the end zone as the Tribe scored their final touchdown Thursday night against Hoxie. Shaw and Mason Tillman (4) both rushed for over 100 yards on the night, as the Tribe cruised to the conference win.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Junior Mohawks closed out the 2015 campaign Thursday evening, beating the Hoxie Mustangs 36-14 at Parker Field. With the win the Tribe nails-down second in conference, as their only loss in 3A-3 came at the hands of the Rivercrest Junior Colts.

The talented Mohawk backfield once again proved too much for the opposition's defense to handle, as both Gunner Shaw and Mason Tillman had over 100 yards rushing and touchdowns. Their backfield mates, fullback Lane Buchanan and quarterback Trey Gossett, also had productive nights as they both also scored touchdowns during the contest.

This year's group of freshmen was also recognized during pre-game festivities, as this year's football players, managers and cheerleaders were introduced.

All 21 freshmen on the Mohawk junior football team served as captains for last week's season finale' against Hoxie. Taking part in the coin toss were, from left: Trey Gossett, Mason Tillman, Gunner Shaw and Dylan West.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Mustangs got on the board first in the ballgame, as Hoxie's Chandler Spradlin scored from a yard out with 1:42 to go in the first quarter. Keifer Wilson, who would prove to be the workhorse with 20 carries on the night, got the nod on the two point conversion and the score stood at 8-0 in favor of the visitors.

But, the Mohawks would answer a short time later with a strong drive behind the running of Shaw, Tillman and Buchanan. Their first touchdown came on the first play of the second quarter, as Tillman ran it in from five yards out. Shaw then added the two-point-conversion, and with 7:57 to go in the first half the score stood at 8-8.

On the ensuing drive the Mustangs answered the call once again, as Gavin Waldrupe broke a long touchdown run, taking it 57 yards to break the deadlock. This time the Mohawk's special teams stuffed the two-point conversion attempt as Hoxie led 14-8.

The remaining freshmen during the coin toss ceremony.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

But, once again the Tribe answered with a score of their own, as they marched downfield and capped the drive with a one yard touchdown run by Gossett. But, the two-point conversion attempt came up short, and the score stood at 14-14 with 4:40 to play in the first half.

The score remained knotted until late in the first, as the Mohawks got a 34 yard touchdown run from Shaw with just 17 seconds left in the second quarter. This time Gossett added the two-point conversion, and the Tribe took a 22-14 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Mohawks were unable to cover an onside kick by the Mustangs to begin the second half, but held their visitors on downs and got the ball back a short time later. This led to a 41 yard touchdown run by Buchanan, as he barreled out of the backfield and drug Hoxie defenders to the end zone. But, the two-point conversion attempt was once again no good, and the Mohawk lead was 28-14.

The score remained the same until late in the contest, as the Tribe capped another strong drive with a one yard touchdown run by Shaw. Tillman then added the two-point conversion, and the final score was set.

The Mohawks easily had the edge in total offense, 307 to 198 yards, all on the ground. Leading the way for the Tribe was Tillman with 115 yards on 7 carries while Shaw finished with 102 yards on 7 carries, Buchanan had 82 yards on 6 carries and Gossett had 6 yards on 2 carries.

Buchanan also led the team in tackles with 9, while Austin Moore finished with 6, Dylan Bellers had 5 and Luke Boyd, Brandon Wellman and Jacob Scott all finished with 4 each.

Top rusher for the visiting Junior Mustangs was Waldrupe with 79 yards on 5 carries while Wilson carried the ball 20 times for 61 yards.

With the win the Junior Mohawks complete their campaign at 7-2 overall and 6-1 in 3A-3 conference play, second to Rivercrest. Their only other loss was to 5A Paragould on the road.

The seventh grade Mohawks also ended their season on a high note, as they held-on late for a 14-13 win over the Hoxie seventh grade squad. With the victory the Mohawk seventh graders end their campaign with a record of 5-3-1.

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