PIGGOTT - The Portageville Bulldogs football team opened up the 2006 season in Arkansas on Friday night and returned to Missouri with a 35-7 loss.
Playing without senior quarterback Trey Mosby, who is probably gone for the year with a broken right arm suffered at last week's jamboree in Dexter, the Bulldogs struggled to find any offensive momentum in their first contest of the year.
Portageville did score first on an Aaron Kershaw touchdown run, but Piggott scored 35 unanswered points to notch the victory.
"Piggott has a very good football team," said Portageville head coach Ashley Swims.
"We moved the ball at times but we made too many mistakes to even think about winning this game. We are young and we will bounce back. We have a long season in front of us."
Kershaw led the Bulldogs in rushing with 78 yards on 10 carries.
Leonard Boyd ran for 32 hard-fought yards on eight carries.
Mikey Johnson ran five times for 24 yards and Nathan Martin rushed for 24 yards on 11 carries.
Junior Cody Cook will be the quarterback the rest of the season for Portageville. In his first start, Cook was 3-for-7 passing for 24 yards.
Martin was the leading receiver for the Bulldogs with a catch for 12 yards. Boyd also had one catch for 10 yards and freshman Kony Ealy had a catch for two yards for Portageville.
Portageville (0-1) hosts Scott City (0-1) for their season opener on Friday at 7 p.m.