PHS/ASU Standout to Speak at Football Kickoff

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Donnie Morrison, pictured during his days as a linebacker for the A-State Indians.
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A former standout will be the featured speaker as the Piggott Mohawk football team hosts their first-ever Fall Kick-Off pre-season rally. The special event will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, in the old Scurlock gym on South Garfield Avenue.

Special guest speaker for the evening will be Donnie Morrison, former Mohawk and outstanding linebacker for the Arkansas State University Indians.

According to event organizer Joe Cole, the evening is intended to be strictly “blue collar.”

“The guests are invited to join the team for their Thursday practice, and then go directly into the indoor athletic facility for an informal dinner,” he explained. “Sure, it will be hot and sweaty—but that was the intention.”

Tickets for the event are $10 each, which covers the cost of dinner, drinks and the program for the evening. All proceeds will go to the Piggott Mohawk football team. As a special incentive for those planning to attend, there will be a special drawing for a set of home tickets to an Arkansas Razorback football game, compliments of Billy Joe Seal.

Morrison, dubbed both “Dynamite” and “Demolition” Donnie by then-coach Joe Black, was a star on both sides of the football for the Tribe.

As a junior he rused for 1,333 yards in the fall of 1977, scoring 17 touchdowns in the process for the Mohawks. During the 1978 campaign he carried the ball for 924 yards over the course of nine games, scoring 14 touchdowns and recording nine interceptions as well.

He later signed a letter of intent to attend ASU, where he was a three-year letterman for Coach Larry Lacewell and a finance major. Moving into the starting linebacker spot as a sophomore, he later drew the attention of Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant as he moved to noseguard for the Indian's contest with the Crimson Tide.

All proceeds from the event will directly support the Piggott Mohawk football team. Those wanting additional information, or tickets, may contact Cole at 901 246-7647.

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