Tribe Comes up Short at Prescott
The Piggott Mohawk's run into the 3A state football playoffs ended Friday evening at Prescott, as they fell to the Curley Wolves by a final of 59 to 37. The host team, ranked at the top of most 3A polls, proved to be too speedy for the Tribe, as they jumped to an early lead and held-off the Mohawks down the stretch. With the loss the Mohawks end their campaign at 9-3 overall, with the first playoff win in modern school history.
As for the Curley Wolves, they advance and will travel to Fordyce next week for a showdown which could have easily been the state title game. The other 3A-3 teams both advanced in dramatic fashion, as the Rivercrest Colts held-off Junction City 14-13 at home and the Newport Greyhounds got by Harding Academy 13-9 at Searcy to advance to the quarterfinal round.
In other second round action Friday night in 3A it was Charleston over Smackover 9-0, Centerpoint upset Bald Knob 30-21, Glen Rose pounded Elkins 45-13 and Atkins got by Haskell-Harmony Grove 20-17.
Along with Prescott and Fordyce, the other quarterfinals will feature Centerpoint at Charleston, Glen Rose at Rivercrest and Newport at Atkins.
In 2A play on Friday the Cross County Thunderbirds easily handled Salem 27-7 while the Earle Bulldogs survived a shootout with Murfreesboro 52-42. Other second round 2A scores included Danville over Carlisle 45-13, Mount Ida past Conway Christian 41-29, Camden Harmony Grove over Hector 26-22, Des Arc advanced over Mountainburg 34-28, Hampton beat Foreman 54-21 and top-ranked England smoked Hackett 40-20.
Next Friday the Earle Bulldogs will visit the England Lions, Mount Ida will be at Danville, Hampton will visit Des Arc and Cross County will play host to Camden Harmony Grove in the quarterfinal round of 2A.
Several other NEARK schools advanced, although the Jonesboro Hurricane were eliminated by Benton in a 56-52 shoot-out, which was arguably the best game in the state Friday night. Others still in the hunt include Wynne, Batesville and the Gosnell Pirates.
The complete updated bracket may be found on the Arkansas Activities Association website athttp://www.ahsaa.org/
Congrats to the football Mohawks on a great season, and best of luck in the future to seniors Bret Fuller, Justin Goding and Trevon Allen.