Mohawks Can't Contain Westside Warriors
Taking their pre-season schedule to a higher level, the Piggott Mohawks hosted 4A Westside at Parker Field Friday night in their football opener. And, for the Warriors it was the Logan McPherson and River Engle show, as the running back and quarterback had a hand in five touchdowns in a 37-16 decision. For the Tribe, the loss was even more grim as they saw one-third of their starting backfield sidelined with injury.
Early in the contest starting fullback, linebacker, Lane Buchanan left the game with an ankle injury. He was taken from the field for x-rays, and returned to the sideline in a walking boot. Later in the game two way starter, and utility specialist, Gunner Shaw was injured, and spent the majority the second half watching for the sidelines as well.
The Warriors wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as they had the previous week in a 52-53 loss at Greene County Tech. They took an 8-0 lead on Engle's two yard touchdown run in the first, with McPherson adding the two point conversion. Later in the first half the Tribe answered, with Shaw scoring in the second quarter of play. But, Westside would score twice more before intermission with McPherson taking it 35 yards to paydirt, then adding the conversion, and following that up with a five yard TD and the conversion. This gave the visitors a 24-8 lead at the break.
Coming out in the second half of play, neither team could find an advantage and the score remained at 24-8 entering the fourth quarter. Both teams added to their totals in the final frame, with McPherson adding a five yard TD and Engle hitting Jared Garner for a 55 yard touchdown catch and run.
The bright spot in the fourth quarter for the Tribe came on a trick play, as sophomore Brandon Seal galloped 51 yards on the “hook and lateral” pass play from quarterback Trey Gossett to tight end Dylan Bellers. The pair of two point conversions were added by Piggott's Drake Featherston and Sky Wright.
In the absence of Shaw and Buchanan, the Mohawks turned to their remaining running backs and got a good game from Featherston. He finished with 43 yards on eight carries while Shaw had only 35 on eight carries, and the touchdown. Shaw also had a 50-plus yard reception from Gossett, but McPherson made the touchdown-saving tackle. Issac Langley also had a big game on both sides of the football, catching two passes for 27 yards and making a number of tackles from his cornerback position. Senior Luke Boyd also had 14 tough yards on seven carries, and played a strong game at linebacker as well. Gossett was 5 for 14 passing with one interception and one touchdown. He also led the team in tackles with 9, including 7 solo tackles.
For the Warriors, McPherson rushed for 144 yards on 15 carries while Engle was 5 for 7 passing for 140 yards and one touchdown.
The Tribe will continue their “new and improved” non-conference schedule Friday as they travel to Brookland. The Bearcats are still looking for their first win of the year as they fell 20-14 at Riverview in week 0 and were beaten at home Friday by Greene County Tech 47-43.