Junior Mohawks Drop Game at Newport

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Piggott Junior Mohawk football squad completed its three game road swing at Newport last Thursday night, falling to the talented young Greyhounds 42-8. Thursday night they'll return to Parker Field for the first time in a month as they host the Manila Lions.

The contest at Newport last week started slowly for both squads, as neither team was able to score in the first quarter of play.

“I thought it was probably one of our better played games this year,” Coach Michael Harrell said afterward. “We held on to the ball for the whole first quarter, a full eight minutes, but they stopped us deep in their territory. And, on the first play—boom they broke a long run to score. That's just how it was.”

Despite the score, Harrell noted he felt his squad matched-up well with the Newport team to some extent.

“From tackle to tackle, from end to end, we're just as good as them-if not better,” he added. “But, they are so talented at the skill positions.”

The 'Hounds found their stride in the second frame, scoring touchdowns of 77, 19, 24 and 49 yards. They also converted on two of four two-point attempts, moving to a 28-0 lead by the halftime intermission.

The third was fairly quiet, with the hosts scoring the only touchdown of the quarter on a 52 yard run. This time the two point conversion was good, as the Greyhounds stretched the lead to 36-0.

The Mohawks would get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter of play, with Michael Parker scoring on a five yard touchdown run. Tanner Dixon added the two point conversion, as the score moved to 36-8.

Late in the game the Newport squad would get one more tally, as they scored from six yards out with 3:20 to play in the contest. This time the two point conversion attempt was no good, as the final score was set.

Parker led the Mohawks on the night with 101 yards on 17 carries, and scored the lone touchdown, while quarterback Brandon Seal had 13 yards on five carries; Trent Stevens had 10 yards on seven carries and Tanner Dixon had seven yards on two totes, and the two point conversion.

The Junior Mohawks will return to Parker Field Thursday night for their first home game in a month, as they're slated to take on the Manila Junior Lions. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and a seventh grade contest will precede the game.

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