Football Mohawks Prep For Season
Members of the Piggott Mohawk football team continue to prepare for this fall's season opener, set for Friday, Sept. 2, at Hazen. The Tribe will be looking to improve on a 6-4 finish, as they were just one win out of the playoff hunt in 2015.
Third year coach Michael Harrell reports many of the players have attended camp this summer, and he expects the extra work to pay big dividends. The squad also stayed busy during the off-season in a weight lifting league, as they continue to work on the "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" program in preparation for the coming campaign.
Harrell reports a total of 18 players attended the University of Arkansas football camp last week. Those attending included-- Devin Riley, Alex Gibson, John Jones, Trevon Alan, Luke Boyd, Nate Mallard, Hayden Lemmons, Cade Harrell, Justin Goding, Bret Fuller, Trey Gossett, Gunner Shaw, Cory Fuller, Quinten Reeves, Alex Tharp, Dominic Reagan and James Andrews.
Seven of the players also had the honor of attending the first annual All-Arkansas Camp, held at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Those taking part in that camp were Shaw, Gossett, Mallard, Goding, Bret Fuller, Cory Fuller and Harrell.
Bret Fuller, Mallard and Harrell were also invited to participate in the Harding University Prospect Camp, held recently on the campus at Searcy. Among those instructing was former Mohawk standout Logan Dixon, one of the newest students, and members of the football team, at Harding.
The Tribe will open the season on the road at Hazen, as they take on the 2A Hornets. Hazen reached the quarterfinals last fall for the second year in a row, beating Poyen and Cross County before being eliminated by Conway Christian 34-30. They finished at 8-5, with their only regular season losses to Earle and Osceola in non-conference play, and to Des Arc and eventual state champion McCrory. Both the Jaguars and the Eagles are expected to be in the mix for the conference title, while Hazen has been picked to finish in the middle of the pack after losing a great deal of talent to graduation.
The Mohawks will host Portageville for week two, on Friday, Sept. 9, and will host the Rector Cougars the following Friday, Sept. 16, to wrap up the non-conference schedule. They'll begin the 3A-3 campaign the following Friday, Sept. 23, at Osceola and will visit the Rivercrest Colts the following week, Friday, Sept. 30. The Tribe will travel to Newport to take on the Greyhounds on Friday, Oct. 7, and will host the Manila Lions on Friday, Oct. 14. The following week they'll resume the rivalry with the Bobcats, as they travel to Walnut Ridge for a conference game on Friday, Oct. 21. The Hoxie Mustangs will visit Parker Field on Friday, Oct. 28, and the Mohawks will wrap up the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 4, as they host the Corning Bobcats for this year's Rice Bowl contest