AAA Recognizes Mohawk Football Program
The student athletes of Piggott High School were recognized this week by the Arkansas Activities Association with the presentation of an award of excellence for sportsmanship to the football program. The award is presented to programs within the AAA which go an entire school year without having an athlete ejected from a sporting event—a task which has become increasingly difficult in recent years.
“I think this speaks to the quality of kids we have, and also to their families,” head football and track coach Michael Harrell said of the honor. “It's about doing it well, and doing it right.”
The certificate which accompanies the award noted it was for, “exemplary display of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.” It further notes it was presented to PHS for, “an ejection-free football season.”
“We're fortunate to have such great kids, they make my job a lot easier,” Harrell added. “We don't like a lot of drama, and we've been fortunate to have such great kids.”
Although he and his coaching staff have a strong rapport with their players, Harrell notes it's the ethic the guys bring from their home life which makes the difference.
“We have good kids because we have good parents,” he explained. “That's where it all starts—at home.”
Members of the football program have remained active in the off-season, participating in track events and preparing for the 2017 campaign. On Saturday they took part in the Beast of the East seven-on-seven tournament at Hoxie, which saw them compete against a variety of regional schools.
“I was really pleased, we made a good showing on both offense and defense,” Harrell surmised. The eventual champions of the two brackets was one of the Jonesboro Hurricane squads and one of the Valley View teams, which the Tribe had edged in the round-robin competition.