Junior Mohawks Edged by Lions
The Piggott Junior Mohawk football team couldn't maintain a second half lead last Thursday night at Parker Field, as they fell to the Manila Lions 20-14. This week they'll visit Walnut Ridge.
Returning to the friendly confines for the first time in a month, the PHS junior team was primed to get back to winning ways. And, as the contest got underway it appeared they would do just that, as freshman running back Michael Parker broke a 35 yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.
Later in the quarter Manila would answer, as Zach Morris peeled-off a 35 yard touchdown run of his own, and as with the Tribe the two point conversion attempt was no good and the score stood tied at 6-6.
As the second quarter got underway the Mohawks wasted no time, as Trent Stevens capped a strong drive with a six yard touchdown run. Quarterback Brandon Seal then hit Logan Ralph with a pass at the goal line for the conversion, and the Mohawks enjoyed a 14-6 advantage.
The Lions got on the scoreboard again on the first drive of the second half, as Morris broke a 27 yard touchdown run through the Mohawk defense. The Lion QB also scored the two point conversion, as the score stood tied at 14-14 at the 6:35 mark of the third quarter.
The score remained knotted throughout the remainder of the third, and most of the fourth, as neither team could mount a scoring drive. Both squads were also hurt by the penalty flag.
With just 22 seconds to play in the ballgame, Manila's Carter Walker broke free and scored to break the deadlock, although the conversion attempt was no good.
With only seconds on the clock, the Tribe took the ensuing kickoff and tried to mount a drive but were unable to take advantage of the opportunity.
“It was really a pretty good game,” Coach Michael Harrell said afterward. “Last year we beat them the same way, on the last play of the game.”
He noted Piggott and Manila has become a good rivalry, and added there will be things the team will be working on going forward.
Parker led the Mohawk offense on the night with 106 yards on 11 carries while Stevens finished with 21 yards on four carries; Seal had 20 yards on five carries, Ralph had six yards on three carries and Tanner Dixon had five yards on five totes. Morris led all rushers with 192 yards on 19 carries.
The junior Mohawks will be on the road at Walnut Ridge Thursday night, kickoff is set for 7 p.m.