Tribe Fades Late in Road Loss to Seminoles
The turnover bug, and a big second half by the host team, spelled disaster for the Piggott Mohawks last Friday night as they visited Osceola in 3A-3 conference play. Hanging tough with the league-leading Seminoles in the first half, the Tribe squandered a 14-13 lead at intermission as they fell 49-14. Friday night they'll host Newport in another contest with key playoff implications.
Coming off the physical, and emotional, homecoming win over Hoxie the previous week the Tribe hoped to cement a home playoff game with a victory, But, the Seminoles had other ideas as they erupted for five unanswered touchdowns in the second half of play en route to the win.
The Mohawks would get on the scoreboard first Friday night, as the rains fell across the region, with Gunner Shaw carrying the ball in from the 18 yard line. Jacob Scott then added the two point conversion, and with 5:08 to go in the first quarter the Mohawks led 8-0.
That score stood until early in the second, as Jariq Scales scored from seven yards out for the Seminoles, with M.J. Vance adding to the PAT to cut the Piggott lead to 8-7.
The host team would add to their total about mid-way through the first, as J.D. Winda broke a 74 yard touchdown run to give the Seminoles a 13-8 advantage, as the conversion attempt was no good.
Late in the first half the Mohawks would get their second, and final, touchdown from senior fullback Lane Buchanan, as he followed Luke Boyd into the end zone from the one yard line. But, the two point conversion attempt was no good, as the score stood at 14-13 at the break.
Following intermission the host squad re-grouped, as the Osceola offense added five more tallies. The first came on a four yard run by Vance, although his PAT was blocked by the Tribe.
In the fourth quarter of play, Scales added a 39 yard touchdown run; Winda scored on a 79 yard run; Peyton Burks added a 56 yard touchdown run and Titus Harris set the final with a three yard run late in the contest.
Leading rusher for the Mohawks, for the second week in a row, was quarterback Trey Gossett with 93 yards on 21 carries. Scott finished with 81 yards on 11 carries; Shaw had 67 yards on 19 totes; Boyd had 19 yards on four carries and Buchanan finished with one yard on one carry and a TD.
Gossett was also three for seven passing, for 26 yards, with completions to Shaw, Isaac Langley and Logan Ralph.
Winda finished with 180 yards on six carries, while Seminoles quarterback Kam Turner was six for 11 for 93 yards through the air. The host squad also enjoyed a wide margin in total yards, racking up 479 yards to the 284 by the Mohawks.
On the defensive side of the football, the Tribe was led in tackles by Shaw with six while Boyd and Brandon Wellman finished with four each.
With the win the Seminoles move to 5-0 in conference, tied with Newport at the top of the standings. The two squads will meet in what will likely be the title game in the final regular season contest. On Monday, Osceola picked up another non-conference win as Blytheville self-reported an ineligible player and forfeited, as the Seminoles improved to 7-1 overall.
With the loss the Tribe falls to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play as they now stand in fourth place behind Osceola, Newport and Walnut Ridge. This week will provide a much clearer look at how the playoffs might stack-up, as the Mohawks take on Newport; Harrisburg visits Hoxie; Walnut Ridge is at Manila and Osceola hosts winless Corning.
Kickoff at Parker Field Friday evening is set for 7 p.m. as the Tribe hosts the Greyhounds.