'Beat Up' Tribe Falls to Colts, Sets for Greyhounds
The Piggott Mohawks had no answer for the speed of the Rivercrest Colts Friday night, as their 3A-3 conference mates visited Parker Field and notched a 48-6 decision. Last year the Tribe traveled to Wilson and handed the Colts their first conference home loss in 15 games. Friday night the Rivercrest squad returned the favor, with strong performances on both sides of the football.
Sophomore J.D. Winda paced the Colt attack, scoring three touchdowns on the night including a 70 yard punt return. For the Tribe, the loss poses a major roadblock in their plans to host a first round playoff game in week 11.
Prior to the contest a ceremony was held in support of the fight against childhood cancer, including a game ball drop by Survival Flight. On hand were PHS student, and cancer survivor, Dayton Gilkison and his family. Also on hand were family members of two Piggott students who loss gallant battles with the disease, Matthew Brown and Erica Rickman. A fundraiser raffle was also conducted, with the proceeds benefiting the fight.
As the contest got underway the Colts wasted no time in getting on the board, as Winda broke a 39 yard touchdown gallop with 11:39 to play in the first. Mateo Chirinos then added the first of his five PATs on the night and the Rivercrest lead stood at 7-0.
The Tribe came up dry on their first drive of the contest, with Quentin Reeves punting the ball back to the Colts with 9:18 to go in the first. But, Winda gathered up the kick and rambled 71 yards through the Mohawk special teams to score again. This time the two point conversion was no good as the score moved to 13-0.
On the following drive the Mohawks would get their lone touchdown of the night, set-up by a long run from senior RB Cade Harrell. The touchdown came with 6:14 to go in the first as junior quarterback Trey Gossett carried the ball in from three yards out, although the two point conversion attempt was no good.
The only scoring of the second quarter came with 3:05 to go in the first half as Colt quarterback Demilon Brown found the endzone. Chirinos once again added the PAT, and the visitors enjoyed a 27-6 halftime advantage.
The second half was much the same, as the Mohawk offense continued to have trouble moving the football against the stingy Colt defense. On the other side of the football, Rivercrest added a third quarter touchdown by Kentavius Robinson to take a 35-6 lead into the fourth quarter.
Down the stretch they added two more tallies, as Brown broke a 27 yard run at the 8:46 mark and senior Jamyka Franks added a 28 yard touchdown with under four minutes to play.
Despite the lopsided score, the Colts had less than 100 yards more in total offense on the night, 293 to 198.
Leading all rushers on the night was Piggott's Cade Harrell with 118 yards on 16 carries while senior standout John Jones was limited to 32 yards on 15 totes and Gunner Shaw was held to just 20 yards on seven carries. Also contributing for the Mohawks was Gossett with four yards on seven carries; Hayden Lemmons with 11 yards on five carries and Mason Tillman with two yards on one carry. Winda led the Colts on the night with 108 yards on seven carries.
Gossett was two for eight passing on the night, for a total of 19 yards, with receptions by Jones (11 yards) and Lemmons (eight yards) in the loss. Brown was four for eight for the Colts for 35 yards.
Harrell also led the team in tackles on the game with nine, while Gossett finished with eight and had an interception. Harrell and fellow senior Nate Mallard also caused fumbles.
“We got down two touchdowns in the first two minutes of the game, down 13 to nothing, and it just comes down to fundamentals,” Coach Michael Harrell said of the contest. “It's about the fundamentals of blocking and tackling—but we're in the process of fixing that. It's all on me to fix this, but it's all about blocking and tackling and we're not doing either one of them very good right now.”
Harrell noted he has re-thought the issue of full contact practices, which he had limited in early season play. Going forward he indicated full contact practices would be conducted each week in an effort to keep the team sharp.
He also provided an injury update.
“Matthew Bower is out with a concussion, he got hit in the head pretty good,” Harrell added. “Lane (Buchanan) is questionable with the knee still, Mason (Tillman) is questionable with an ankle. We're a little beat-up right now and we're going to have to work on our depth”
With the loss the Mohawks fall to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play while the Colts move to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
In other action Friday night it was Osceola routing Corning 51-6 while Hoxie posted a win over Manila 55-18 and Newport pounded Walnut Ridge 49-6. This week the Mohawks will be hosting the Greyhounds of Newport at Parker Field with kickoff set for 7 p.m. In other conference games, Hoxie visits Rivercrest; Osceola travels to Walnut Ridge and the Manila Lions take on the Corning Bobcats with the loser likely eliminated from playoff contention.
“Newport is going to be a lot like Osceola and Rivercrest, we're going to see speed all over the place,” Harrell surmised.