Mohawk Football Fall Kick-Off is Set

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Donnie Morrison
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Tickets remain on sale for the upcoming Piggott Mohawk Football Fall Kick-Off, set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. The special event will be held at the old Scurlock gym at PHS, located on South Garfield Avenue. Featured speaker for the evening will be former Mohawk, and ASU Indian, standout Donnie Morrison.

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

He noted 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. “Sure, it will be hot and sweaty—but that was the intention,” he added.

Donnie Morrison during his playing days at Piggott High, with the iconic press box of Parker Field in the background.
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Tickets 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, and proved to be equally successful in the classroom.

As a junior he rused for 1,333 yards in the fall of 1977, scoring 17 touchdowns for the Mohawk team which didn't have a home field due to construction of PHS.. 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. That earned him an invitation to play in the annual All-Star game, and for a number of years he would stand as the last Mohawk to earn the honor.

Morrison later signed a letter of intent to attend ASU, where he was a four-year letterman and a finance major. Gaining playing time as a freshman, he earned “back of the week” honors against the University of Wyoming as he accounted for 13 tackles and a forced fumble. His performances earned him a starting linebacker spot as a sophomore.

Later, he moved to the noseguard spot, drawing the attention of Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant as he recorded eight tackles in the Indians loss to the Crimson Tide.

He completed his collegiate career by being chosen All-Southland Conference and was named to the All-Conference academic team as well for his work in the classroom. His best season for the Indians was his junior campaign, as he recorded 62 tackles.

In the years since Morrison has made a name for himself in banking and finance. Recently he has moved into the IT side of the industry, developing software and other technologies and strategies. He currently serves as the interim CIO of Medmeme, LLC Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU-Greater Memphis Area.

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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