Football Mohawks Pound Bearcats at Brookland

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Piggott's Luke Boyd drags Bearcats into the end zone during Friday night's Mohawk win at Brookland.
TD photo/Frank Staples

Coming off a disappointing loss to Westside the previous Friday, the Piggott Mohawks made the trip to visit another 4A school last week at Brookland. Coming out of the locker room like a house on fire, the Tribe jumped all over the Bearcats early then cruised to a 44-16 non-conference win. Friday night they'll wrap up the non-conference schedule by hosting the Rector Cougars at Parker Field.

“I was really proud of the way the guys came back after the Westside loss,” Coach Michael Harrell said Tuesday, “You know we came in that following Monday, on Labor Day, and they were focused and we had a really productive film session—one of the most productive I've had here. The guys felt like we just needed to work things out, that we could fix things.”

In the loss to the Warriors, starting fullback Lane Buchanan went down with an ankle injury while running back Gunner Shaw was sidelined with a shoulder problem. Friday night Shaw returned to the line-up, and ran rough-shod over the Bearcats as he scored two touchdowns while rushing for 247 yards on 26 carries. As for Buchanan, he remained in a walking boot and was doubtful for this week's contest.

“We had a great week of practice, went full pads and live and they came out Friday night like a machine,” Harrell said of the non-conference win. “We went down there and did what we do best, but I was really proud of the way they approached the game and proud of the way they played.”

The Mohawks got on the board first Friday night, as Luke Boyd carried it in from four yards with 6:33 to go in the first quarter. Shaw added the two point conversion, and the Tribe led 8-0. They added another touchdown several minutes later as quarterback Trey Gossett scored on a two yard run, with Shaw again adding the conversion to make it 16-0 with 2:34 left in the first.

The Bearcats answered with a one yard Luke Hillis touchdown early in the second, with the PAT added by Trey Wooldridge. With just over four and one-half minutes left in the second Gossett scored his second touchdown, carrying the ball in from the three yard line. This time Boyd got the nod on the conversion, as he extend the lead to 24-8.

Late in the half the Bearcats scored again, as Gossett was stripped and Brookland got a scoop and score. Adding the PAT, the score stood at 24-14 at intermission.

Early in the second half the Tribe got a 17 yard touchdown run by Drake Featherston, although the conversion was no good. Shaw notched his first touchdown late in the third, with Gossett adding the two point conversion. He also scored with about five minutes left in the game, although the conversion attempt was no good. The Bearcats also added a late safety, to set the final score at 44-16.

In addition to the explosive offensive play, the Mohawks held the Bearcats to just 146 total yards.

“Coach (Will) Daffron's defense is really coming along, they're flying to the ball and it's just gonna' take a few more reps,” Harrell said of the effort. “They just needed a few more plays under their belts.”

In addition to Shaw, Featherston finished with 82 yards on 11 carries and Boyd had 48 yards on seven totes, to pace the offense. The Tribe also dominated in total yardage, rolling up 453 in the win.

For the defense, senior Dylan West had six tackles and two assists while Featherston and Tanner Dixon both pulled down interceptions for the Tribe.

Friday's game at Parker Field will kick-off at 7 p.m. as the Rector Cougars visit. Next week conference play begins as the Manila Lions come to town.

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