Junior High Football Update, Week Five

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Junior Cougar Landon McClung (5) battles for yardage in last week's home game with Cross County.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Both the Piggott Junior Mohawks and the Rector Junior Cougars dropped conference games last Thursday night. The Cougars fell at home to Cross County while the Tribe was beaten at Rivercrest.

The Piggott Junior Mohawks traveled to Wilson last Thursday and fell to the talented young Colts by a final of 48-0. The squad will continue their conference road tour Thursday with a trip to Newport, as they take on the Junior Greyhounds.

Coming off a tough road loss at Osceola the previous week, the young Mohawks hoped to get back on track against the Colts. But, Rivercrest jumped out to an early lead on the Tribe and never looked back.

The host team scored 24 points in the first quarter, and added 16 more in the second frame to take a 40 to 0 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Rivercrest squad would add one more touchdown in the third, which along with the two point conversion effectively set the final score.

On the night the Colts got touchdowns of 15, 42, 21, 31 and eight yards along with a 70 yard kickoff return.

Leading the Mohawk ground attack was freshman Michael Parker with 33 tough yards on 11 carries. Also producing for the Tribe were Tanner Dixon with 13 yards on six carries; Trent Stevens with nine yards on four carries; Ethan Ralph with six yards on one carry and Logan Ralph had one yard on four totes. Quarterback Brandon Seal was two for two for seven yards passing on the game.

“What can you say, they're tough,” Coach Michael Harrell said of the loss. “They're good, they're a 4A school for all intents--with a bunch of good kids.”

The junior squad will be back in action Thursday night as they're slated to travel to Newport and take on the junior Greyhounds in 3A-3 conference action. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Rector vs CC

The Rector Junior Cougars hosted Cross County Thursday night at Temerian Field, and dropped a 28-0 conference decision to the Thunderbirds.

The Cougars were coming off a tough 28-0 road loss at Earle the previous week, and hoped to get one in the win column. But, the combination of T-birds Antwine Beale and Antoine Richardson proved too much for the host team to contain as the visitors cruised to the conference win.

Each of the Cross County backs scored two touchdowns in the win, as the junior Cougars remained winless on the season at 0-3. Following the junior high contest a “B” game was played, which also went to the visitors.

The junior squad will be on the road Thursday night, as they're slated to travel to Lepanto to take on the East Poinsett County Warriors. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The junior boys will be closing out their season with a pair of home games, as they'll host Marked Tree on Oct. 12, and Midland on Oct. 19, at Temerian Field.

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