Former PHS Standout to Keynote Mohawk Kick-Off

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Former Mohawk standout Phil Daffron (22) makes a tackle for Arkansas Tech in a photo from the 1978 yearbook
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Local veterinarian and PHS alumni, Phil Draffron, DVM, has been invited to be the guest speaker at the second annual Mohawk Fall Kick-off celebration This year's event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, in the ‘Old Scurlock’ gymnasium on South Garfield Avenue in Piggott. The event is open to the public and will ‘highlight’ the 2018 Mohawk football team and introduction of the players and coaching staff.

Daffron is a 1977 graduate of Piggott High School where he was a three-year starter for the Piggott Mohawks. He was a first team All District player his junior and senior years as running back. As a member of the Tribe, he gained 1,000-plus yards rushing his junior and senior seasons and scored 27 career touchdowns.

After concluding his high school career, he received scholarship offers from Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Daffron lettered as a Freshman at Arkansas Tech University starting three games as defensive cornerback, before being ‘redshirted’ due to injury.

Daffron notes his greatest honor as an athlete was being invited by (former) Mohawk Head Football Coach, Joe Black, to attend the induction of the 1964 Razorback Football Team into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

After concluding his football career, Daffron received a BS Degree in Biology at Arkansas Tech University; a Masters in Science (Animal Science/Immunology) from the University of Arkansas; and, a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University.

The public is cordially invited to attend the kick-off, which has been planned as a “blue collar” type event. Those who choose may attend Mohawk practice, and will then gather at the old gym for the meal.

“It will be hot and sweaty, but that's how the event was planned,” organizer Joe Cole indicated. Last year a large crowd attended the event, hearing from former PHS and ASU standout Donnie Morrison.

The cost of admission is $10, which will be collected at the door. The admission covers the event and meal, and all Mohawk supporters are encouraged to attend. All proceeds directly benefit the PHS Mohawk football program and players.

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