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Wolves own Newport, 56-6

By Staff, 08/27/21 9:55 PM

LITTLE ROCK – Newport was expected to give Prescott a battle in the 2021 season opener Friday night at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium. Didn’t happen.

From start to finish, the Wolves dominated the Greyhounds, posting a 56-6 win to go 1-0 on the season.

Newport’s offense was able to move the ball, but couldn’t put the ball in the end zone. The ‘Hound’s only score came on a scoop and score with 8:17 left in the second when Jaylen Hopson fumbled and a Newport defender took it to the house from 10 yards out. The try for two was no good and ended Newport’s scoring for the night.

Prescott, on the other hand, practically scored at will.

Newport won the toss, deferred and kicked to Prescott. Jacaylon Zachery returned the ball to the 30. The Wolves gained two yards on three plays and lined up to punt. Newport’s defense was fooled as Carston Poole found a wide open Zachery for a 68-yard score. The try for two made it 8-0 with 11:02 showing in the opening frame.

Newport returned the ensuing kick to the 48, moved to the Prescott 13 and turned the ball over on downs. Penalties killed the ‘Hounds drive.

Prescott did nothing on its next possession and punted to the Newport 48.

It was three and out for the ‘Hounds, with Prescott taking over at its 29.

The Wolves needed 12 plays to cover the distance, scoring on a one-yard run by Travion Dickens. The try for two made it 16-0 with 1:48 showing.

Newport set up shop at its 22, ran three plays and punted to the Prescott 32.

Poole dropped a dime to Branen Bradley on a 68-yard touchdown pass. This time, the try for two was no good, leaving the Wolves up 22-0 with 42 seconds left in the first.

Starting at its 32, the ‘Hounds fumbled, recovered the ball and ended the period. The second opened with Newport unable to move the ball and punting to Prescott’s 44.

Seven plays later, Poole connected with Zachery on a four-yard score to make it 28-0 as the point after was blocked. Newport was hit with a late hit call on the scoring play with the penalty assessed on the kick.

Caleb Harris booted the ball to the end zone for a touch back.

Newport started at its 20, ran three plays getting to the Prescott 43 before going for it all and Omarion Dickens picking the ball off at the 5.

Hopson fumbled on the next play, resulting in a scoop and score by Newport.

Hopson made up for this mistake by fielding the ensuing kick at the 18 and taking it to the house on an 82-yard return. The two-point conversion made it 36-6 and the mercy rule was becoming a reality.

Newport returned the kick to the 37 and drove to the Prescott 11 in 14 plays before turning the ball over on downs.

It took the Wolves two plays to score. Poole connected with Dickens on a screen, only to see Dickens slip down at the eight. A holding call on the next play moved the Wolves back to the five. Hopson took it up the gut on third down and went untouched 95-yards for six. The score made it 42-6 with 36 ticks left on the clock. The point after made it 43-6 and ensured the mercy rule would be in effect the rest of the tame.

Newport started at its 37, was hit with a holding call, completed a pass to the 44 and on the last play of the half threw up a hail Mary picked off by Zachery.

The ‘Hounds received the kick to start the second half, taking over at its 39, getting to the Prescott 33 and turning the ball over on downs.

Poole found Dickens on the next play for six more. The PAT made it 50-0.

At this point the Wolves began substituting heavily, getting younger players into the game and giving them the thrill of playing at War Memorial.

Newport started at its 26 and moved to its 48 before Jason Patrick, Jr. stripped the Hound quarterback and raced 48-yards for the final score of the night. The PAT was blocked, leaving it 56-6.

Newport had three more possessions in the game and was unable to do anything with them,

Prescott’s second team offense showed promise, but penalties kept the Wolves from scoring.

The Wolves will be at home on Sept. 3 when Prescott hosts a familiar rival in the Gurdon Go-Devils. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.