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Wolves ready for season

By Staff, 08/6/20 8:31 AM

PRESCOTT – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said there will be a high school football season – a full 1o-game season.

For the Prescott Curley Wolves, the 2020 grid campaign starts Aug. 28 with a trip to Lafayette County and a date with the Cougars.

Prescott Head Coach Brian Glass said the coaches and Prescott School District are doing everything possible to ensure the health and well being of the players were COVID-19 is concerned. He said everyone is tested when they arrive to make sure nobody has a fever. This also goes for the coaches. The players are spaced out as much as possible to provide social distancing during practice and when they’re in the weight room. “We’re doing all we can within the state guidelines.”

Glass said the coaches don’t have to wear masks, but they do.

The team, he said, is looking good, getting stronger and faster with each practice. Right now, though, that means running drills with helmets as full-contact won’t be allowed until next week. The Wolves return practically the entire team from 2019 which made it to the semifinals of the AAA playoffs. Only six players were lost to graduation, and the team used a lot of sophomores and juniors last season, so the Wolves will hit the field with plenty of experience on both sides of the ball.

“We’re looking like a team with a lot of experience,” Glass said, “and don’t have a true weakness, other than at depth on the offensive and defensive lines.” One player was diagnosed with an ailment that could keep him from playing and another might move, but, otherwise, the team is in good shape.

The Arkansas Activities Association realigned the districts this year putting Glen Rose back in the 5AAA division. If the season goes the full 10 games, the Wolves will end the campaign on the road to face the Beavers for what will likely be the conference title.

Glass said Glen Rose should be good and has several players back from last year as well. “We have a team that can make a run at the title. We’re definitely a state contender.” Glass added the Wolves also have a good group of sophomores this year, coming from undefeated freshman teams.

However, there are a lot of unknowns at this point in time because of the corona virus. Glass said the current plan is to isolate any individual player or coach who tests positive, but this could change depending on what the governor’s committee decides. As it stands, only time will tell if there will be a full season for 2020.