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Wolves advance to round 2 with 42-6 win

By Staff, 11/9/18 9:29 PM

PRESCOTT – Mountain View found out the hard way Yellow Jackets and cold weather don’t mix.

Mtn. View also found out that Yellow Jackets and Curley Wolves don’t mix, cold weather or not.

The Prescott Curley Wolves ended Mtn. View’s season with a XX-X win in the first round of the state playoffs Friday night. The Wolves advance to round two and will be on the road to Clinton next week. Clinton posted a win over Charleston to advance to the second round as well.

From the outset there was little doubt about the outcome, other than the final score. The Jackets showed they could move the ball, but until the Wolves subbed out the first string defense in the final period, couldn’t find the end zone. Prescott’s offense, on the other hand, had no problem moving up and down the field, almost at will. The Jackets dominated time of possession as the visitors kept the ball on the ground and chew up the clock, but, again, Mtn. View couldn’t score on Prescott’s starting defense.

The game began with Prescott kicking to Mtn. View, with the Jackets setting up shop at the 32. Three plays saw the visitors lose two yards and punt to Cameron Cox at the Prescott 40. The punt was returned to the Jacket 30.

Ryan Johnson scrambled to the 19 on the first play. Cox battled to the one with the drive being capped by Colton Johnson. The point after was wide, but the Wolves were up 6-0 and never looked back.

Prescott attempted an onside kick, but the ball was dead at the Wolf 44.

With good field position, the Jackets began a solid ground attack, moving to the 23 before turning the ball over on downs after running 12 plays.

Cox took a pitch on a jet sweep to start Prescott’s second drive and rambled to the Mtn. View 44. Alex George gained a yard on the second play and the drive ended when Johnson found a wide open Keonte Franklin for six. The point after made it 13-0 with 35 seconds left in the opening period.

A second onside kick attempt gave the Jackets the ball at the Prescott 44. Mtn. View ran two plays, getting to the 39 as the first quarter came to an end. The second stanza saw the Jackets drive to the Prescott 10 only to turn the ball over on downs a second time.

Prescott’s third drive didn’t go as well as the first two. The Wolves were hit with a motion call, moving the ball back to the five. However, Johnson connected with Derriun Thompson on a screen to the 27. The Wolves gained five yards on three plays as the drive faltered and Prescott punted to the Mtn. View 40.

The Jacket made it to the 48 before coughing the ball up on the team’s first fumble of the night. Prescott recovered at the 47 and was looking to score and score quickly.

Score they did, but it wasn’t quickly, or at least as quickly as they would have liked. The Wolves needed six plays to cover 47-yards, with the touchdown coming on a 19-yard pass from Johnson to Quantas Gulley. Prescott went for a two-point conversion, successfully, making it 21-0 with 4:37 left in the half.

Mtn. View started at its 33, made it to the 45 and fumbled a second time, again with Prescott recovering the ball. This time at the Jacket 46 with 1:51 showing.

Four plays later Johnson connected with Jacobi Nolen on a 17-yard scoring strike. The PAT put the Wolves up 28-0 with 1:24 on the clock.

The Jackets started at the Mtn. View 46, made it to the Wolf 41 and turned the ball over again on a fumble as time ran out. The final play of the half saw a completed pass, a lateral and fumble with Prescott recovering.

The Wolves received the ball to start the second half, with Nolen waving for a fair catch at the 35. Prescott was nailed with a delay of game call moving the ball back to the 30. It didn’t matter. Thompson found a gap and raced 70 yards for the score. The PAT split the uprights making it 35-0 and invoking the mercy rule.

The ensuing kick was returned to the 24, but the Jackets were unable to move and punted to Cox, who returned the ball to the Mtn. View three. The return was nullified by an illegal block call, putting the pigskin on the Prescott 28.

From there, it was three and out for the Wolves with the punt rolling dead at the Jacket 34.

Mtn. View began its only scoring drive of the night, getting to the Prescott 41 as the third period came to an end. The final 12 minutes began with Prescott subbing out and the Jackets scoring on a 21-yard run. The try for two was no good, putting the score at 35-6.

Again, the Wolves called for a fair catch on the kick and took over at the Prescott 35. The Wolves drove to the Mtn. View 48 before punting to the Jacket 16 with 5:16 left in the game.

The Jackets fumbled a fourth time in the contest, again with Prescott recovering at the 26.

The second string offense was in the game and looked to score. It took six plays, but the drive ended with Tywan Thompson going in from the 15. The PAT made it 42-0.

Prescott advances to the second round of the playoffs, but will be on the road to Clinton where the Wolves will tangle with the undefeated Yellow Jackets.