Junior Mohawks Fall at Osceola
The Piggott Junior Mohawks traveled to Osceola last Thursday, Sept. 21, and fell 22-6 to the Seminoles. The Tribe was bitten by the the big play, and turnover bug, in a contest which was much closer than the scoreboard indicated.
“I think we should have won that game, Coach Michael Harrell said afterward. “They ran the opening kickoff back on us, then we go down and control the football for most of the rest of the first half. We go down late in the first half, but don't punch it in and we go to the half down like 6-0.”
Following the intermission the Mohawks were set to get the football, but turned it over to allow the Seminoles to extend the lead.
“The opening kickoff of the second half comes to us and we fumble, and they pick it up and score--bam right there on two special teams plays its 14-0,” Harrell added. “They also packed one in late.”
The lone Piggott score came in the third quarter, as Logan Ralph intercepted the football and ran it 55 yards for a touchdown, although the two point conversion attempt was no good.
Michael Parker led the team in rushing with 62 yards on 14 carries, Trent Stevens had 25 yards on nine carries; Logan Ralph had 12 yards on five totes; Tanner Dixon had three yards on six carries and Brandon Seal had one carry for three yards.
Dixon completed a pass to Parker for 15 yards in the loss, and Parker completed one to Angel Garcia for 24 yards as well. Total yardage went to the Seminoles 171 to 138.
Despite the loss, Harrell noted his squad is continuing to show improvement.
“The junior high team is playing pretty good right now, but they're learning pretty quick about life in the Delta--you cannot make mistakes. Because they make it hurt like, right now,” Harrell added. “You have to play with good fundamentals, tackle and block. That's how to win in the Delta.”
For the junior Mohawks the task doesn't get any easier this week, as they travel to Rivercrest to take on the potent junior Colts.
“Now they go to Rivercrest and they beat Osceola I think 46-0, had them 30-0 at the half,” Harrell offered. “This is the Rivercrest bunch that's pushed them up to 4A, I think they got like 50-something kids. We'll have our hands full.”
As the young Mohawks mature, Harrell predicts their hard work will begin to pay-off.
“You just can't make mistakes against good teams like that, and our kids are learning,” he said of the loss. “But, they're playing hard and I love that. They come out and work hard and play hard and they have great attitudes. They're building that bond, that brotherhood bond, and I'm excited about the junior high team and their future. I like the way our junior high kids work.”
The seventh grade Mohawks also fell at Osceola, although they held their own for most of the game.
“The seventh grade team lost 14-0, but, man they're playing good,” Harrell explained. “We took the ball down to the one yard line ready to tie it up and fumbled, and they ran it back 99 yards to make it 14-0 and that's what the final score turned out to be.”
They're also scheduled to be in action Thursday evening at Rivercrest.