Mohawks Power Past Lions
The Piggott Mohawks travelled to Manila Friday night and shut-out the Lions 46-0 in conference action. The Tribe dominated every facet of the ballgame, as five different runners scored touchdowns in the rout. Friday night the Mohawks will mark senior night at Parker Field as the Walnut Ridge Bobcats come to town.
“We're really starting to come together, we're playing together like we know we should,” Coach Michael Harrell observed Tuesday. “We're just starting to come together and play good football.”
The Lions won the coin toss Friday night and deferred, giving the Tribe first shot at scoring. Following a good return by Gunner Shaw to the 45, the squad mounted their first drive only to fumble the ball away on the 35.
The Lions also had issues on their first drive, including several penalty flags, and were forced to punt it back to the Mohawks a short time later. The Tribe then mounted their first scoring drive, aided by a good run by Hayden Lemmons and several pounding carries by Cade Harrell. Lane Buchanon carried the ball down to around the six, and moments later quarterback Trey Gossett carried it in from a yard out for the first touchdown.
Leading 6-0, the Mohawk defense stifled the Manila offense at every turn, and neither team scored the remainder of the first quarter. But, early in the second senior John Jones broke loose for a 15 yard touchdown run, with Lemmons adding the two point conversion to make it 14-0.
The Lions mounted another drive following the ensuing kickoff, but turned the ball over on downs deep in Piggott territory. The Tribe then mounted a drive of their own, culminating in a two yard touchdown run by Lemmons with 3:20 to go in the first half. This time Harrell added the two point conversion, as the score moved to 22-0.
Following the halftime intermission the Mohawks kicked-off to the Lions, but the stingy defense would not bend. About mid-way through the quarter Harrell pounded it in from three yards out, with John Jones adding the two point conversion to make it 30-0.
In the following drive the Lions fumbled deep in Piggott territory, and moments later Harrell had his second TD of the night as he romped 25 yards to paydirt. Once again Jones added the two pointer, and the Tribe led 38-0.
With all of the subs getting the chance to play, the Mohawks continued to dominate the home team throughout the third and into the fourth quarter. Mid-way through the fourth quarter, with the clock running by way of the mercy rule, Jacob Scott carried the ball in from nine yards out for the final Piggott TD of the night. The cherry on top was added by Mason Tillman, as he converted on the two point attempt, and the final score was set.
“It was a good team effort. When we broke down film there were no “loafing plays” and we got a lot of high effort,” Harrell noted of his team. “All 34 kids played hard this week, that's why it was so hard to pick the player of the week, all of them played so hard.”
On the night eight different Mohawks carried the football, with five of them scoring touchdowns. Leading the way was Lemmons with 88 yards on eight carries while Jones had 67 yards on eight carries; Shaw had 51 yards on six carries; Harrell had 49 yards on six carries; Buchanon carried the ball four times for 38 yards; Scott had two carries for 25 and Tillman had two carries for 15 yards.
Leading the Lions was quarterback Layne Sims with 127 yards on 27 carries.
The Mohawks racked-up 379 yards in total offense on the night while the Piggott defense held Manila to just 184 yards.
Friday night the Tribe will host the Bobcats, and recognize the members of the class of 2018. And, although Walnut Ridge has had its issues this year, it's one team Coach Harrell will not take lightly.
“We're not gonna' overlook anybody,” he added. “We're very focused, we owe Walnut Ridge—that Walnut Ridge game last year cost us everything and we've thought about that every day for the last 365 days. I can tell you this is one game that we won't overlook.”
Last week the Bobcats fell to Rivercrest at home 49-6, meanwhile Newport pounded Corning 64-0 and Osceola beat Hoxie 44-27. Currently, the Colts and Seminoles are both 4-0 in conference, while the Mohawks are in the logjam at 2-2 with Hoxie, Newport and Manila and Walnut Ridge and Corning are 0-4.