The Waldron Mohawks hit the road for their first MHC game at Edinburgh. The Mohawks started out purposeful on offense and locked in on defense, taking an 11-8 lead after the first period. Waldron led for all but fifteen minutes of the first half, but the Lancers took a 24-20 lead into halftime.
Edinburgh senior Coltan Henderson came out and drained a three pointer to start the second half. Waldron Sophomore Ethan Trueblood, making his first varsity start, ran the offense and answered the Lancer senior’s three with a three of his own to start the third. In a back and forth game, the Mohawks and Lancers traded leads with none being more than two scores. The Mohawks were forced to foul late, and Edinburgh pulled away for a ten point win.
The Waldron faithful made the trip to Johnson county where, at times, the game felt like a home game for the Mohawks. The Mohawk crowd and cheerleaders made their presence known, at times being so loud that coaches had to yell to be heard in the huddle. Waldron showed promise going forward, as they lost to the Lancers by close to 40 points last year.
The Waldron offense continued to be efficient, connecting on 49% of their field goals, equaling their season average. Sophomore Tyler Bowlby led all players with 17 points on 50% shooting, three rebounds, and five assists. Junior Parker Huffman was the game’s second leading scorer with 15 points, shooting 47% from the field with Edinburgh’s best defender giving his full attention. Senior Zane Smith added eight points on 67% shooting, and seven rebounds. Smith got into foul trouble and fouled out in the fourth.
After four games, although a small sample size, the Mohawks are showing great improvement. Waldron is averaging 26.6 more points, shooting 11% better from the field, bringing in ten more rebounds, turning the ball over five less times, and dishing out ten more assists.
The Mohawks hit the road twice next weekend. Friday the battle for the Military night trophy and the Shelby County bell at Morristown. On Saturday, Waldron travels to Milan.