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Speed should dominate Prescott special teams

By Staff, 07/22/21 8:43 AM

PRESCOTTĀ  – Gabe Morman, special teams coach for the Prescott Curley Wolves, said this will be an interesting year.

The Wolves have to replace Luis Rabadon, the placekicker, but this is being done by putting his brother, John, in the role. The younger Rabadon kicked for the Curley Cubs last year. The holder has also been replaced with Jayce Moore taking over those duties, with Maddux Yates the short snapper.

While the Wolves don’t punt often, last year, Caleb Harris set a record averaging more than 42 yards per punt. He broke a record that stood for 46 years. Morman said Harris is a weapon and can flip the field.

Over the last few years, the Wolves have done a lot of onside and pooch kicks after scoring. This year, Harris’ leg will be utilized to pin teams deep and making them have to march the length of the field for points.

When it comes to punting, the outside players for the Wolves will be Jacaylan Zachery, who runs a 4.4 40 and Jaylen Hopson, 4.3, racing down the field to stop punt returners. Morman said there are two who are headhunters, meaning these players look for someone to hit. They are Jason Patrick, Jr. and Bayliss Price. However, Price tore his ACL during a recent practice and won’t be available until the fourth week of the season at the earliest.

Others who will contribute on special teams are: Rashaun Bell, Jerry Glass, Jaylen Johnson, J.K. Jones, Taland Sith, along with four sophomores. All, Morman said, are fast