Mohawks Win Battle With Cougars
Another chapter in the history of a long-time local football rivalry was written Friday night, as the Piggott Mohawks hosted the Rector Cougars in non-conference play at Parker Field. Sub-plots and histronics aside, the contest turned-out to be a lopsided victory for the home team, as the Tribe rolled to a 63-0 decision.
The tone of the contest was set early, as the Mohawks deferred and kicked-off to the Cougars. Rector running back Andrew Carter had trouble finding the handle on the kick, and was dropped around the 30. The Piggott defense held strong on the first drive, which sputtered and led to a Cougar punt. On the play the ball was snapped over the head of Rector's Tommy Stokes, and he was dropped deep in Cougar territory.
Moments later Mohawk sophomore signal-caller Trey Gossett ran the ball in from two yards out, and the hosts took a lead they would never relinquish. The score came with 8:51 to go in the first, and Hayden Lemmons added the two point conversion to make it 8-0.
Piggott's second touchdown came with 7:12 to go in the first, as Cade Harrell carried it in from 12 yards out. Senior Bret Fuller then came on and kicked the first of his five PATs to make it a 15-0 lead.
Fuller also got in the scoring column late in the first quarter, as he caught a 24 yard touchdown strike from Gossett. The talented senior then added the PAT, and the score moved to 22-0.
The hosts would score three more times in the second quarter, as the Cougar defense could find no solution for the size and speed of the Tribe offense. Gunner Shaw ran a 4 yard touchdown in with 10:16 to go in the second, then added a 15 yard touchdown with 4:13 to play in the first half. Gossett also added a 26 yard touchdown run with 2:02 to play until intermission, and each time Fuller added the PAT, setting the halftime score at 43-0.
Substituting freely throughout the remainder of the game, the Mohawks would score three more times. The first came on the opening kickoff of the second half, as Lemmons took it 81 yards to paydirt. But, the PAT try was no good this time, as the Mohawks led 49-0.
Senior Justin Goding added a 6 yard touchdown run a short time later, but the two point conversion attempt was no good, setting the score at 55-0.
Sophomore Jacob Scott added the final touchdown, as he carried the ball in from 2 yards out with 5:40 to play in the contest. Gossett connected with Quentin Reeves for the two-point conversion, and the final score was set.
The Cougars did attempt to mount a couple of late scoring drives, but Piggott's Trevon Allen ended one with a timely interception, and a key tackle by Brandon Wellman helped stifle another. The game ended as the Cougars once again attempted to score, but Evan Dooley was dropped short of the goal line.
"You know, sure we're young. But, there's no excuse--we got beat by a good football team," Cougar Coach David Hendrix said of the non-conference loss. "They're a good football team, and sometimes you just have to tip your hat and say they're better than us. And tonight they were. But, we just need to keep moving forward."
The hosts dominated both sides of the football, racking up 314 yards in total offense while holding the Cougars to 18 net yards. Gossett was 2 for 3 for 34 yards with a touchdown and a two-point conversion, while the Cougars went 0 for 4 with the interception by Allen.
Harrell led all rushers with 86 yards on 6 carries and one touchdown, while Shaw had 48 yards on 6 carries with two touchdowns and Gossett carried the ball 6 times for 24 yards and two more touchdowns. Carter led the Cougar rushing attack with 40 yards on 9 carries.
Nate Mallard led the Mohawk defense with 6 tackles, 3 for a loss, and one forced fumble. Mason Tillman had 6 tackles, Reagan Mayberry had 5 and Matthew Bowers and Brandon Wellman had 4 each. Along with Allen's interception, John Jones had a fumble recovery.
"I was really pleased with the way the guys prepared and executed our game plan," Mohawk Head Coach Michael Harrell said of the contest. "It was also good to get an idea of our depth, and I was happy with that, too. It's going to be important going into the conference race, and I really liked the depth we've developed on both sides of the football."
The Cougars have another bye week on the schedule this week, and will return to action next Friday, Sept. 30, with a trip to Salem to take on the Greyhounds. As for the Mohawks, they begin their tour of the delta this week, as they're slated to visit Osceola, Rivercrest and Newport on consecutive Fridays. Kickoff at Osceola Friday night is set for 7 p.m.