Mohawk Alumni Football Game a Success

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Odd-year quarterback Josh Spence is pursued by Neil Morgan (left) and Carey Rau (34) during first half action. In this week's print edition Carey Rau (2004) is identified as his older brother, Walter (2002), and we apologize for the oversight.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Over 50 former Mohawks donned helmet and pads once again Friday evening, June 30, as the Piggott Mohawk Football Alumni Booster Club hosted an alumni game at Parker Field. With 1975 graduate Rick Haywood enjoying the distinction of being the “most experienced” player in this year's contest, the odd year graduates took on the even year grads. And, at the end of the day the odd team prevailed 20-8, posting the win and earning bragging rights for at least the next year.

Coaching the even squad in this year's contest was former Mohawk standout Shawn Parker, while another talented former member of the Tribe, Daniel Baldwin, coached the odd team to the victory.

The contest was sponsored by Piggott State Bank, and the game also allowed the former players and public a chance to see the many improvements completed at the Piggott High School football/track complex.

Captains Neil Morgan (1984) and Rick Haywood (1975) meet at mid-field for the traditional coin toss prior to Friday night's Mohawk alumni game at Parker Field.
TD photo/Tim Blair

In recent months the pavement surface of the new track was applied and concrete aprons were poured in the area of the pole vault and high jump pits. The new equipment shed was also built in the south endzone, providing storage for the track items such as the hurdles, high jump pit and pole vault pit pads.

The old “blockhouse” dressing room facility received a new coat of paint, and the shot put and discus locations were added to the former practice field on the west side of the building.

In the weeks to come the concession stand will be partially torn down, with a new addition to be built on the north side of the existing structure. This project will allow the extra space for the new track, and fence, to be completed. Later in the year the new track surface will also be applied, allowing full use of the new facility for the coming school year—and many years to come.

Mohawk odd-number year grad Trevon Allen (7) follows his blockers for positive yardage in the first half of the alumni football game Friday night at Parker Field.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Although these efforts are being paid for by the school district, proceeds from the alumni game benefit the program in a number of other ways. And, thanks to the good participation, and gate, well over $3,000 was raised.

Haywood and Neil Morgan, class of 1984, served as the captains for the coin-toss, which was won by the even number year grads. What ensued was a very physical, and often emotional, battle between the former Mohawks.

Alek Samples scored twice for the odd year team, which had the honor of wearing the home red jerseys, with Trevon Allen adding another touchdown late in the first half to make it 20-0.

The even team answered with a late second quarter score on a pass from Austin Murray to Caleb Welborn. Moments later, Murray scored the two-point conversion on the keeper despite a hard hit by Bradley Stephens, to make it 20-8.

With the clock running in the second half, neither team was able to find the endzone again as the final score had been set.

Organizers offered their thanks to the players, spectators, supporters and Piggott State Bank for making the alumni game possible.

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