Freshman Alex Richard (12) nabs a Kyle Joyner pass near the goal line Thursday night in junior high football action against Piggott.
Bradly Stevens rambled 79 yards for a touchdown on Piggott's first play from scrimmage, and the junior Mohawks never looked back en route to a 28-6 3A-3 conference victory Thursday night over Manila.
Stevens took the handoff from quarterback John Morgan and ran untouched into the end zone for the game's first score. The two point conversion run failed, leaving Piggott with a 6-0 lead. It didn't take long for the Mohawks to strike again, when Garrett Cook bolted 36 yards into the end zone at the 3:07 mark of the opening period to push the Piggott lead to 12-0. Stevens' two point conversion run gave the Mohawks a 14-0 lead.
Manila finally got untracked offensively in the second quarter, putting together a nine play, 31 yard drive, capped off by Kyle Joyner's two yard quarterback keeper at the 2:41 mark, slicing the Mohawk lead to 14-6. Manila's two point conversion attempt failed. The touchdown drive was set up when Joyner picked off a Morgan pass at the Piggott 45 and returned it 14 yards to the Mohawk 31.
Alldonn Skelton (22) runs the ball in junior high football action Thursday night against Piggott.
Piggott quickly answered on its next possession when Eli Smith returned the Manila kickoff 55 yards, giving the Mohawks excellent field position at the Lion 18 yard line. Stevens raced into the end zone on Piggott's next play, giving the Mohawks a 20-6 lead. The two point conversion run failed.
Piggott closed out the scoring in the third period on Smith's four yard touchdown run with 2:57 left in the third quarter. Smith's touchdown culminated an eight play, 65 yard drive. Cook's two point conversion run gave the Mohawks a 28-6 lead. The Piggott defense held the Lions scoreless the rest of the way.
Stevens led Piggott with 124 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Smith rushed six times for 42 yards and a score while Cook carried twice for 48 yards and a touchdown. The Mohawks finished with 270 yards rushing on 27 plays for a whopping 10 yard average.
Manila eighth grader Charles Perez (27) looks to tackle Piggott's Bradly Stevens (22) Thursday night in junior hig football action.
Manila finished the night with 88 yards on the ground and 27 through the air for 115 yards of total offense. Caleb Reinhart led the Lions with 49 yards on 17 carries. Joyner finished the evening with five carries for 22 yards and a touchdown. Alldonn Skelton rushed four times for 11 yards while Caleb Milligan gained nine yards on six carries. Joyner went one for five through the air for 27 yards and an interception. Alex Richard caught one pass for 27 yards.
The junior Lion cheerleaders performed at halftime of the Manila-Piggott football game. The squad wore pink tee shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Lions will travel to Corning Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.