More Postseason Honors for Mohawk Standout Shaw

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Piggott's Gunner Shaw in action against Hoxie last fall
TD photo/Tim Blair

Despite being hampered by injuries, Piggott's Gunner Shaw had an outstanding senior football season for the Tribe by anyone's standards. Recently, the postseason accolades for the two-way starter continued as he was named to the Best Under the Sun first team by The Jonesboro Sun.

“We really only got to see the true Gunner Shaw in that Brookland game,” Mohawk Coach Michael Harrell lamented at the recent awards gathering. “That was the only game where he was a true 100 percent.”

In the road win over the Bearcats, the first victory of the season, Shaw came back from a shoulder injury to rush for 247 yards on 26 carries while scoring two touchdowns in the process. But, the remainder of the season he continued to be slowed by a variety of nagging issues, yet still was a force on both sides of the football.

At an even six-foot, and about 170 pounds, Shaw was never the biggest guy on the field—yet often the fastest. Throughout the 2018 campaign he continued the Mohawk tradition of “home run” backs, visiting the defender's end zone 19 times. Among those scores were several which will be long remembered in Mohawk lore, including the now-famous “hook and lateral” to win the game late at Harrisburg and the kick return for a TD which effectively broke the backs of the Hoxie Mustangs and propelled the Tribe into the postseason.

On the year he rushed for 1,468 yards on 167 carries. His longest carry was 69 yards and he averaged about 134 yards per game and had six 100-plus yard rushing games. He also had 171 yards in pass receptions, 317 yards in kick-off returns, four yards in punt returns and 20 yards returning interceptions. His total yards of 1,980 on the season equates to an average of 180 yards per game.

Shaw scored 114 points on touchdowns, 14 on conversion attempts (six rushing and one on a pass completion) for a total of 128 to lead the team at an average of 11.6 points per game.

Hard-hitting for his size, he also had 47 tackles for the Mohawk defense and recovered a pair of fumbles. Shaw, and the other seniors, also enjoy the distinction of being the first Mohawk football players to make the postseason all three years of their senior careers. Along the way they also racked-up 22 wins.

The PHS football program has seen many talented players come and go over its nearly 100 year history, but pound-for-pound Gunner Shaw should go down in Tribe history as one of the most explosive and intense competitors to ever put on the red and black.

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