Tribe Trims Hornets on Late Trick Play
The Piggott Mohawks (4-1, 2-0) remained unbeaten in conference Friday night as the scored on a 70 yard hook and ladder play with just over a minute left to beat Harrisburg (3-2 1-1) 24-20. The Tribe preserved the win moments later, stopping the Hornets on the one yard line to notch the 3A-3 win at Hornet Stadium.
Harrisburg got the ball first as Jamason King returned the kick-off out to the Hornets' 30-yard line. Harrisburg moved the ball to midfield behind the running of Ross Heeb, Tayeshaun Warren and Jett Jackson before a penalty on Harrisburg, a run for no gain and an incomplete pass forced the Hornets to punt the ball away with 9:50 left. Piggott started their first drive on their own 31-yard line as Gunner Shaw picked up 21 yards on a first down run to the Harrisburg 48. Luke Boyd rambled for 15 yards down to the Hornets' 35-yard line. Piggott converted a third and one play moving the ball to the 29-yard line before converting a fourth and one putting the ball on the Harrisburg 17-yard line with six minutes left. Boyd rambled 17 yards two plays later to make it 6-0 Mohawks. Trey Gossett ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 Piggott with 5:26 left. Harrisburg used the running of Heeb and Warren to move the ball to the Mohawks' 26-yard line before Warren converted a third and one with an eight yard run to the 18-yard line. Jackson was flushed from the pocket and dropped for a four yard loss on third down before an incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs to Piggott at their own 18-yard line with 1:34 left. The Mohawks moved the ball out to their own 31-yard one four straight running plays as the quarter ended with Piggott up 8-0.
Harrisburg's Ray Michael Jones had a big tackle for a five yard loss before an incomplete pass forced Piggott to punt the ball with it being downed at the Harrisburg 47-yard line with 10:25 left. Two carries by Warren and a carry by Jackson moved the ball to the Mohawks' 37-yard line as Heeb ripped off a 14 yard run to move it to the Piggott 23-yard line with 8:51 left. Warren, Jackson, Heeb and Wright kept pounding the running game moving the ball to the Mohawks' five-yard line before Heeb carried it the last five yards for the Harrisburg touchdown to make it 8-6 with 5:38 left. Parker Jones missed the point-after attempt. Piggott used a four-headed rushing attack with Shaw, Boyd, Gossett and Sky Wright to move the ball to the Harrisburg 26-yard line with 1:28 left in the half. Mason Summers led a swarm of defenders on a loss of four yards run by Piggott before the Mohawks called time-out. Gossett found Brandon Seal for a four-yard pass to the Harrisburg 23-yard line before the Mohawks called another time out. Gossett found Dylan Bellers behind the secondary on a stop and go play for a 23 yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left in the half. Shaw ran in the two-point conversion to make it 16-6 Piggott. Harrisburg moved the ball to the Piggott 21-yard line behind pass receptions from Jared Lindsey and Warren. Harrisburg spiked the ball before two incomplete passes turned the ball over to Piggott with seven seconds left. Back to back runs for loses brought the second quarter to an end with the Mohawks up 16-6.
Boyd fell on Harrisburg's onside-kick to start the third quarter giving the Mohawks the ball on their own 45. A reverse to Shaw moved the ball deep into Hornet territory but a holding penalty on the Mohawks moved the ball back to the Piggott 40. Piggott could only gain four yards on the next three plays and punted the ball with 10:18 left in the third. A seven yard punt gave the Hornets great field position on their own 49-yard line. Jackson and Wright picked up 14 yards on back to back quarterback keepers before Heeb took a shovel pass to the Piggott 23-yard line. Wright and Heeb picked up eight yards before Warren busted up the middle for a 15 yard touchdown run with 7:42 left. Parker Jones added the extra-point to make it 16-13 Piggott. The Mohawks were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after the kick return and started from their own 21-yard line. Boyd ran for five yards and Shaw ripped off 10 yards to put the ball on the 36-yard line. Ray Michael Jones busted through for a tackle for loss of two yards as Gossett was tripped up by his own man on the next play losing four. After an incomplete pass, Piggott punted with the ball being downed on the Harrisburg 46-yard line with 5:19 left. The Hornets put together a 10 play drive consisting of nine runs and one pass to put the ball in the end zone on a Heeb three yard run to make it 19-16 Harrisburg. Parker Jones was good on the point-after making it 20-16 Harrisburg with 1:06 left in the third quarter. Piggott picked up a first down after starting on their own 35-yard line before the quarter ended with Harrisburg leading 20-16.
The Tribe moved the ball to the Hornets' 46-yard line before a tackle for loss of five yards by Daniel Jobe moved the ball back to the Piggott 49-yard line. Gossett found Issac Langley for a 15 yard completion before runs by Shaw and Gossett moved the ball to the Hornets' 20 yard line—prompting a Harrisburg time-out with 9:19 left. Facing fourth and two, Boyd picked up five yards for the first down. Piggott was called for a substitution violation after a two yard run to put the ball on the 20-yard line. Jobe sacked Gossett for a loss of six yards before Jaden Gipson intercepted Gossett's next pass and returned it to the Harrisburg 21. A horse collar penalty on Piggott moved the ball to the 36-yard line with 7:48 left to play. Harrisburg used over six minutes off the clock moving the ball to the Piggott 42-yard line. The Hornets punted after a delay of game giving the Mohawks the ball on their own 30-yard line with 1:19 left. Piggott dug in their bag of tricks and turned a hook and ladder play into a 70 yard touchdown with Bellers catching a short pass and pitching it to Shaw who raced for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was good to make it 24-20 Piggott with 1:05 left. Harrisburg started their final possession at their own 40-yard line as a 10 yard pass from Jackson to Daniel Woodson moved the ball to midfield where a horse collar penalty against Piggott moved the ball to the Mohawks' 35-yard line with 54 seconds left. Jackson found Heeb for four yards after two incomplete passes only to see Layne Tucker catch a deflected pass and carry it to the Piggott four-yard line before being pushed out of bounds with three seconds left. Jackson found Heeb on what looked like the winning score but he was marked down at the one-yard line as time expired giving the Mohawks the 24-20 win.
“Heck of a ball game, Harrisburg has one legit defense,” Piggott head coach Michael Harrell said after the game. “They stuffed us in our diamond package and we had to go to the spread with this being the first time we've had to depend on that package. Hats off to Harrisburg for a great game but all glory goes to God. We've got kids who never give up and just keep on fighting,” Harrell added.
Gossett led Piggott with 121 yards passing on five of 12 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Shaw ran 17 times for 70 yards as Boyd had 13 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. Bellers had two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown as Shaw had 63 yards receiving and a touchdown. Boyd led the defense with 12 tackles while Bellers added 10 tackles.
“Kids came out in the second half and battled their tails off,” Harrisburg head coach Aaron Thornton said of his team. “We battled back, took the lead and then had a chance to win at the end. Tip my hat to Piggott, that was a great call there late. We knew it was coming but just didn't make a play when we needed to. This loss hurt and that is good for the kids. When you lose to a good team and it hurts, means we have turned the corner as a team,” Thornton said.
Heeb led Harrisburg with 70 yards rushing on 12 carries and a touchdown while catching three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. Jackson completed eight of 17 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown while adding 52 yards on nine carries. Mason Summers had 10 tackles to lead the defense.
This week the Tribe will once again be on the road, as they visit Walnut Ridge. Last week the Bobcats dropped a 49-14 conference loss at Osceloa and the previous week they were beaten by Newport 45-27. At 3-2 overall, their only wins were over 2A opponents Salem, EPC and Marked Tree. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.