Week Six High School Football Update
It was a week of stark contrast for our local teams, both at the junior high and senior high level.
First checking the results of Friday night's senior high slate.
The Piggott Mohawks and Newport Greyhounds met in a game for the ages Friday night, with the host team edging the Tribe by a single point, 7-6. The difference in the ballgame was actually a matter of feet, as the Mohawks went for the two-point conversion--and the win, as opposed to kicking a PAT for the tie, late in the contest.
The two defensive units were the stars of the night, as they battled tooth and nail in a match-up much too close to call. Time after time the defenses on both sides rose to the occasion, squelching scoring drives by the opposition.
When the final horn sounded the Greyhounds celebrated the slim victory, but the mutual respect was evident as the combants lined the 50 yard line for the traditional handshake. The Tribe and the 'Hounds also sent a clear message to the remainder of the conference as to who rules the roost, as the two teams have been head and shoulders above the rest all season.
The win also shines a light on the playoff picture, as the Mohawks survive the "Tour of the Delta" with a 2-1 record, and more importantly tie-breakers over Osceola and Rivercrest. All three, and Manila, now stand at 2-1 in conference while Walnut Ridge is 1-2 and hapless Hoxie and Corning are in the cellar at 0-3.
With a Mohawk win over Manila Friday night for homecoming they'll avenge last year's home loss, which put the Tribe out of the playoffs, and will further cement their chances for the runner-up spot. The following week the Mohawks will visit Walnut Ridge, then close the season with home games against Hoxie and Corning. With a clean sweep of the remainder of the schedule, the Mohawks would host a playoff game for the first time, and would take on the fourth place finisher from 3A-2. With four games to play, currently Cedar Ridge, Mayflower and Harding Academy are all tied for second behind undefeated Bald Knob.
As for the Rector Cougars, they weathered a trip to Earle and dropped a 60-0 loss to continue the winless streak. They're slated to host Cross County for homecoming on Friday at Temerian Field. The T-Birds beat Salem 20-12 Friday night, while Marked Tree mauled Midland 48-6 and EPC fell to Des Arc 12-6 in a non-conference game.
On the bright side, the Rector Junior High defense continued its grip over District 3-2A opponents last week with another shutout win - this time a 24-0 blanking of East Poinsett County.
The Junior Cougars remained unbeaten on the season at 5-0 and continued a six-game win streak that dates back to last season's finale against Marked Tree. The Rector defense pitched its third shutout of the season and has allowed just one offensive touchdown by a foe. A 14-6 win against Salem. A week later, Earle scored the only other points against the Junior Cougars and that was on a kickoff return for a touchdown.
To boot, Rector has outscored its 2016 opponents 104-12 - averaging 20.8 points a game while allowing a dominant 2.8 points to its foes. The Junior Cougars are winning by an average of 18.4 points a game and their win streak could technically be recorded as seven games if a forfeit victory against Blytheville Kipp in Week 2 is added to the fold.
Against EPC, Rector reversed fortunes from a 40-0 loss to the Junior Warriors a year ago. The Junior Cougars defense again squuezed an opponent while their offense maintained time of possession with scoring drives to further tighten Rector's dominant grip.
The boys in blue are slated to visit Marked Tree Thursday evening and will close-out the season on Oct. 20, at Midland.
As for the Piggott Junior Mohawks, they dropped a lopsided conference game to Newport at Parker Field Thursday evening. They'll visit Manila on Thursday, Oct. 13.
More details and photos of this week's games may be found in the Oct. 12, print and online editions of the CCTD and here on www.cctimesdemocrat.com