Parker Field Upgrades Continue, Fall Kick-Off is Set

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tuesday morning the crew had completed the shell and was busy pouring concrete sidewalks around the new addition.

The substantial improvements at Parker Field, the Piggott High School football and track complex, continue as the summer months begin to draw to a close. In the past week the front portion of the old concession stand was demolished, and work began on Monday on the new addition.

New sidewalks are also being poured, and the new building will also include a screened-in area for grilling.

Meanwhile, the school board accepted the low bid on the new bleacher section for the PHS Marching Mohawk band, which will be constructed in the south endzone. Work is expected to begin soon, and workers were busy Tuesday removing the turf from beneath their location. Later, a cover will be added to provide the band with a weatherproof spot to perform for home football games.

Mohawk alum Cody Crittenden has been giving the old blockhouse a facelift of its own, adding the Mohawk name and logo. Additional work is also being done on the east side of the building.
Photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography

Mohawk alum Cody Crittenden is also working on the blockhouse dressing room facility, adding new lettering and Mohawk logos to the fresh paint job.

PHS Head Football and Track Coach Michael Harrell reports the material for the fencing around the track have been received, and work on that portion of the project will commence soon as well.

By the way, members of the Mohawk football team have begun practice in preparation for the season, set to begin at home on Friday, Sept. 1, as the Hazen Hornets come to town.

Tickets are also still on sale for the Mohawk Football Fall Kick-Off. 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 former Mohawk, and ASU Indian, standout Donnie Morrison.

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 was a star on both sides of the football for the Tribe. As a junior he rushed for 1,333 yards in the fall of 1977, scoring 17 touchdowns for the team which played the season without a home field. During the 1978 campaign he carried the ball for 924 yards over the course of nine games, scoring 14 touchdowns and recording nine interceptions.

He later attended Arkansas State, where he was a three-year letterman and a finance major. Those wanting additional information, or tickets, may contact Joe Cole at 901 246-7647.

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