Mohawks outgun Lions 48-36
Piggott and Manila engaged in an old fashioned shoot-out Friday night's 3A-3 conference battle at Manila, but in the end, it was Mohawks who came out on top, posting a wild 48-36 victory.
"We really played well offensively, but we just couldn't stop them," Lion Coach Toby Doke said. "We had our changes, but just came up a little short."
Piggott scored first on a five yard touchdown run by Luke Young to take a 7-0 lead at the 1:37 mark of the first quarter.
The Lions tied the game on Tracey Reinhart's three yard touchdown run with 11:09 left in the first half. The Mohawks bounced right back when Yount scored his second touchdown of the night with a 35-yard dash, putting Piggott ahead 14-7.
Dylan Bogle evened things up with a 19-yard scoring run for the Lions, but the Mohawks answered with two consecutive touchdowns, one on a 28-yard run by Kyle Hardin and the second coming on Alek Samples' 45-yard burst late in the first half. Tanner Murray converted the two point play, giving the Mohawks a 29-14 lead.
Manila fought back on Hunter Dickey's 20-yard touchdown gallop. Dickey added the two point conversion run as Manila pulled to within 29-22 at the half.
Piggott widened their lead in the third quarter on a pair of touchdown runs by Samples, giving the Mohawks a 41-22 lead. Samples' touchdown came on runs of 10 and 35 yards.
The Lions came storming back in the fourth quarter when Dickey scored from a yard out to pull Manila within 41-28. Quarterback Dillon Burrow brought the Lions even closer with a 15-yard touchdown burst midway through the fourth period, and when Manila added the two point conversion, Piggott held a slim 41-36 edge.
Manila got the ball back and faced fourth down, but Doke opted to punt rather than gamble for the first down. The strategy backfired, as the Mohawks putt he game away when Yount scored his third touchdown of the game on a two yard plunge with 3:47 to go.
"It was just a back and forth shoot out," Doke said. "I decided to punt in the fourth quarter rather than go for the first down, hoping the defense would get one big stop, but we couldn't get it. We just had problems all night coming up with the big stop. But I am proud of my team. We fought hard and played a very good game offensively."
Piggott had three runners go over 100 yards, led by Samples who rushed for a game high 254 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Yount finished the night with 149 yards and 19 carries and three scores while Hardin toted the ball 11 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. The Mohawks capped off the night with 460 yards of total offense.
Burrow led Manila with 16 carries for 117 yards as the Lions rolled up 433 yards of total offense.
The Lions will return to action Friday night when they travel to Corning to take on the Bobcats in a 3A-3 conference match up. Kickoff is set for 7:30.