Junior Mohawks Pound Mustangs in Season Finale'
The Piggott Junior Mohawks ended their season Thursday night at Parker Field much like they had started the campaign back in late August, with a decisive win over a long-time opponent. Riding a big night by freshman running back Michael Parker (182 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns) the Tribe pounded the Hoxie Mustangs 30-14. The victory breaks a five game slide for the squad, as they finish with a record of 3-5.
The Mustangs drew first blood Thursday night, as they broke a 32 yard touchdown less than a minute into the contest, although the two point conversion attempt was no good. The Mohawks countered with Parker's first touchdown at the 6:24 mark of the first, as he broke through the Hoxie defense for a 33 yard score. Quarterback Brandon Seal scored the two point conversion on the keeper, and the Mohawks led 8-6.
The Mohawk defense also showed their strength, stifling the Mustang offense and getting the football back a short time later. This set up a 25 yard touchdown run by Logan Ralph with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter. Parker added the two point conversion, extending the Piggott lead to 16-6.
The Mohawks added to their lead early in the second quarter, as Parker broke-off another long run and carried it in from 40 yards out. Adding the two point conversion afterward was Logan Ralph, as the score moved to 24-6 in favor of the host team.
Late in the quarter the Mohawks threatened once again, and on the final play of the half Parker broke a long run only to step out of bounds before reaching the endzone.
Neither offense could put together a scoring drive throughout the majority of the third quarter, with the Mohawks getting their final tally with 1:41 to play in the frame. It came on a one yard touchdown run by Seal, although this time the two point conversion attempt was no good.
Late in the game, facing the Mohawk subs, the Mustangs got one more score on a one yard run. But, once again the Tribe defense stuffed the two point converstion attempt to set the final score.
In addition to Parker's 182 yards of offensive output, the Mohawks got 40 yards on nine carries from Tanner Dixon; 30 yards on five carries by Logan Ralph; 21 yards on three carries by Trent Stevens and two yards on two carries from Seal. Total offense went to the Tribe 275 to 182 yards.
Ethan Ralph also had an interception late in the game to end a Hoxie threat.
“The junior high team played a good game, they finished the season good,” Coach Michael Harrell said of the contest. “Michael (Parker), Trent (Stevens) and Tanner (Dixon) and those guys really had good ballgames. The offensive line did a great job, and Kyson Conley really did well on defense, and they got a good win on their freshman night over Hoxie.:
Harrell also noted the hard work put in by the youngest of Mohawks, adding “I also thought the seventh grade did a good job, I'm excited about that group—I'm looking forward to working with next year's junior high team.”
With 11 freshman moving up, Harrell will be looking to re-load next fall with a new crop of young Mohawks. Currently, he's expecting 16 or 17 from the seventh grade squad.
“We'll have a good blend of eighth and ninth graders again next year and I think the program is moving in the right direction,” he surmised. “I'm excited about these guys, and we've got some good size, some big guys and some speed, we've gotta have speed in this conference.”
Harrell also noted he has high hopes for the junior squad of the fall of 2018.
“They work hard and have a great attitude, they've bought into the brotherhood and I'm really looking forward to working with them in the off-season,” he concluded. “I'm looking forward to getting them into the weight room and watching them get better.”