Mohawk Football Schedule Finalized
Although the new year is just underway, the 2016 football schedule for the Piggott Mohawks has been finalized. The updated schedule also has one change from the one initially planned last year, as the season opening opponent has been changed from Marked Tree to Hazen.
The 2A powerhouse Hornets were added to the schedule after Marked Tree decided to play their opener against Clarendon, as opposed to the Mohawks. The Tribe will make the trip to Hazen on Friday, Sept. 2, to begin the campaign. This past season the Hornets advanced to the state 2A quarterfinals, losing to Conway Christian 34-30. They ended the campaign at 8-5 and were ranked in the top 10 statewide.
The week two game, set for Sept. 9, will see the Portageville Bulldogs visit Parker Field and the following Friday, Sept. 16, the Rector Cougars will make the trip to Piggott to conclude the non-conference schedule.
The newly-aligned conference schedule will begin week four, on Sept. 23, as the Mohawks visit Osceola. The following Friday, Sept. 30, the Tribe will visit this year's state 3A runner ups, the Rivercrest Colts. Then, on Friday, Oct. 7, the Mohawks will visit Newport as the Greyhounds re-join the conference after several years at the 4A level.
The following Friday, Oct. 14, will see the Manila Lions visit PHS, in a game likely to serve as homecoming for the Tribe. They'll welcome back a former conference foe the following week, as the Mohawks will travel to Walnut Ridge on Friday, Oct. 21, for a week-eight contest with the Bobcats.
The Hoxie Mustangs will visit Parker Field for a week nine showdown on Friday, Oct. 28. And keeping with recent tradition, the Tribe will host the Corning Bobcats on Thursday, Nov. 3, to contend for the Rice Bowl Trophy once again.
In preparation for next year's campaign Coach Michael Harrell reports over 35 football players are taking part in the off-season strength and conditioning program and drills.