Football Mohawks Rack-Up Postseason Honors

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Mohawk senior high football players singled-out for postseason honors include, from left: Lane Buchannon, John Jones, Cory Fuller, Alex Gibson, Hayden Lemmons, Gunner Shaw, Cade Harrell, Nate Mallard, Justin Goding, Mason Tillman, Bret Fuller and Trey Gossett.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Members of the Piggott Mohawk senior football team racked-up postseason honors based on their performances this past season, including two All-State selections and two All-State Honorable Mentions. A total of 12 members of the Tribe were singled-out for recognition, including several under-classmen. In fact, both of the All-State picks were juniors--Nate Mallard and John Jones.

Mallard garnered first team All-State honors for his play as an offensive tackle and defensive lineman. He was also voted as the outstanding lineman in 3A-3 and was a unanimous All-Conference pick. Over the course of the season he recorded a 98 percent block grading and notched 48 tackles.

Jones, a running back and linebacker for the Tribe, was named first team All-State and All-Conference for his play. He had 151 tackles on the season, which was second overall in 3A statewide and third among players in all classes. He also rushed for 758 yards on 120 carries and scored 7 touchdowns during the historic campaign.

Four Mohawks earned All-State recognition, including two first team and two second team selections. Those chosen include, from left; second team All-State selection Cade Harrell, second team All-State selection Bret Fuller, All-State selection Nate Mallard and All-State selection John Jones.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Senior Bret Fuller was named second team All-State for his play as a tight end and defensive end, and was a first team All-Conference selection. He had 94 tackles, caught five passes for 99 yards, had a 92 percent blocking grade and was 21 for 31 on PATs on the season, a .677 average.

Junior running back/linebacker Cade Harrell was also a second team All-State selection, and was named first team All-Conference in 3A-3. He had 141 tackles on the season, fourth in 3A and seventh overall in the state. He also carried the football 134 times for 751 yards rushing, scoring 8 touchdowns in the process.

Senior running back/cornerback Justin Goding was named first team All-Conference. He carried the ball 148 times for 1,040 yards rushing on the season scoring 11 touchdowns. He also had five receptions for 185 yards and 2 more touchdowns through the air, accouting for 1,225 total yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. On the other side of the ball he recorded 26 tackles and had one interception.

First team All-Conference selections for the Tribe included, from left: John Jones, Cade Harrell, Justin Goding, Bret Fuller, Gunner Shaw and Nate Mallard.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Sophomore running back/cornerback Gunner Shaw was also a first team All-Conference selection. He had 652 yards rushing on 100 carries with 12 touchdowns, and caught two passes for 15 yards. Shaw had nine kickoff returns for 154 yards, returned three punts for another 15 yards and recorded 836 yards in total offense.

Junior center/defensive lineman Alex Gibson was a second team All-Conference selection, as he recorded a 95 percent blocking grade.

Junior right guard/defensive lineman Cory Fuller was also a second team All-Conference pick, as he notched an outstanding 96 percent blocking grade.

Junior free safety/running back Hayden Lemmons was also a second team All-Conference selection for the Tribe, as he made his presence felt all over the field. Lemmons had 30 carries for 162 yards rushing, had 12 kickoff returns for 275 yards and one touchdown and 5 punt returns for an additional 67 yards. He also recorded 37 tackles on defense for the Tribe, and picked-off two passes as well.

Sophomore defensive end/running back Mason Tillman was also chosen as a second team All-Conference selection. He had 15 carries for 145 yards and 1 touchdown on offense, and recorded 46 tackles, including nine for a loss, on defense.

Sophomore fullback/defensive lineman Lane Buchanon was also named second team All-Conference for his play. He carried the ball 43 times for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns, and his blocking aided many of the other running backs in their gains. He was also credited with 49 tackles.

Sophomore quarterback Trey Gossett was also chosen as a second team All-Conference selection. On the season he passed for 305 yards, completing 13 of 30 attempts with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was also responsible for operating the highest scoring offense in school history.

Awards Banquet

Tickets are now on sale for a special recognition banquet, honoring the Piggott Mohawk football team of 2016. The banquet celebrating the historic season will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Piggott Community Center. The program is being hosted by Mohawk alumni, and a special guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

The dinner will serve to recognize all players from seventh through 12th grade, with special recognition for the team and individual accomplishments.

Everyone connected with the Piggott Mohawk football community is invited to attend. Tickets are $10 for the dinner, and all proceeds will benefit the continued success of the Mohawk football program. Tickets are available from Mohawk football players, at the City Market and from organizer Joe Cole.

Those wanting additional information may contact Cole at (901) 246-7647.

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