Mohawks Roll over Lions in 3A-3 Opener
The Piggott Mohawks rolled into conference play on a high note Friday night, with a full roster of healthy players for the first time since the start of the season. The result was a whirlwind of scoring, and stifling defense, as the Tribe humbled the Manila Lions 68-7 at Parker Field.
The prior week both squads had posted lopsided wins over smaller schools, with the Mohawks beating Rector 52-0 while the Lions set a new school record for scoring in a 62-28 home win over Marvell.
Friday night the Manila offense could only generate 161 yards in total offense, and a single touchdown and PAT, while the Mohawk juggernaut continued unabated with 407 total yards.
The Lions would get first shot Friday night, but couldn't get their offense on track despite good play from quarterback Layne Simms. Held to a three-and-out, as they were much of the night, the Lions punted the ball to the Mohawksówho made them pay right away.
On the first play from scrimmage, Gunner Shaw broke through the defense and ran 88 yards for the first of his three touchdowns on the night. The conversion attempt was no good, as the Mohawks led 6-0.
The Tribe would add their second touchdown a short time later, as Luke Boyd broke a 43 yard run to paydirt. This time the two point conversion was good by quarterback Trey Gossett, and the lead grew to 14-0.
Shaw got his second touchdown with 3:03 left in the first quarter, this time carrying it in from 50 yards out. Gossett hit Matt Bowers with a pass for the conversion, as the score moved to 22-0.
The tally remained throughout the rest of the first, and first half of the second, as the Lion offense began to find some momentum. Their only scoring drive of the night ended at the 6:00 mark of the second as Simms hit Ethan Navarro on a 19 yard touchdown pass. Adding the PAT, the visitors cut the Mohawk lead to 22-7.
But, the Tribe would respond with three more un-answered touchdowns in the second quarter. The first came on a 35 yard run by Shaw, the second on a 66 yard interception by Gossett and the third on a one yard run by Gossett as the first half wound-down. Boyd added a pair of two point conversions, and the Mohawks took a 44-7 lead into the locker room at the half.
The second half was more of the same, as the clock ran throughout by way of the mercy rule. The Mohawks added two more touchdowns in the third, with one yard runs by Lane Buchanan and Boyd capping drives. Late in the game Drake Featherston broke a sweep left for a 46 yard touchdown, with Sky Wright adding the conversion to set the final score.
(NOTE-in last week's story Featherston was credited with the touchdown run by Wright, and his stats. We apologize for the error, and the confusion it caused.)
Shaw finished with 250 yards rushing on nine carries; Boyd had 51 yards on just three totes and Featherston had 46 yards on his only carry of the game. The Tribe also got rushing yards from Buchanan, Gossett, Jacob Scott, Michael Parker and Brandon Seal. Alex Tharp got a carry as well, but netted no yards.
Gossett was two for three passing for 28 yards, with an interception and completions made to Seal and Parker.
Boyd had a total of 10 tackles, including five solo tackles, in the win and currently leads the teams in tackles with 16. The senior linebacker has also recorded 16 assists.
Simms led the Lions in rushing with 69 yards on 15 tough carries, and was 6 for 12 passing for 55 yards and the lone Manila touchdown.
With the win the Mohawks move to 3-1 overall, and 1-0 in 3A-3 conference play while the Lions fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference. The Tribe will go on the road this Friday night as they travel to Harrisburg to take on the Hornets. After two years as a 4A school, Harrisburg returned to the conference this fall. And, so far this year 3-1 and haven't allowed a score in the past three games. In week one they fell to Cross County, then in week two they shut out Cedar Ridge 35-0 and in week three they beat Mt. View 28-0 at home. Last week they hosted the hapless Corning Bobcats, and extended their losing streak to 36 games with a 34-0 conference decision.
This week the Hornets will have their hands full as they face a Mohawk team which outscored Brookland, Rector and Manila by a combined score of 164-21. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Harrisburg.