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Wolves to meet Owls in semifinals after 47-7 win over Newport

By Staff, 11/26/21 9:54 PM

PRESCOTT – It’s on to the semifinals for the Curley Wolves.

Friday night the Wolves sent Newport packing, 47-7, though it wasn’t the prettiest of wins, with 15 penalties and eight turnovers combined. Prescott lost the ball three times in the game, one fumble and two interceptions. The Greyhounds had five turnovers, three fumbles and two picks. Prescott’s defense, though, scored 14 points in the game, with a pick six and a scoop six, along with a safety.

These two teams met in Week 0 at War Memorial, with Prescott posting a 56-6 win over the Greyhounds. The Wolves continued to post win after win as the season progressed, while the Hounds ended up with a 6-4 record during the regular season.

The Wolves are 12-0 on the season and will be on the road next Friday night to deal with a familiar foe – McGehee, as the Owls were in charge, 38-21, over Hoxie late in the game.

Neither offense was able to do much in the first quarter, though each scored once. Prescott wasted an opportunity after starting at its 40, but coughing the ball up  at the Hound’s 40 after four plays.

It didn’t matter as it was three and out for the visitors with the punt rolling dead at the Wolf 33.

Prescott moved to the Newport 48 before punting the ball back to the Hounds with the ball being downed at the seven.

Once again it was three and out for Newport with Prescott again getting good field position at the Hounds’ 40.

This time, the Wolves took advantage of their locale on the field, scoring in six plays with Carston Poole scoring from the one with 4:23 left in the period. The point after was no good.

Newport started at its 40 and drove 60 yards in seven plays, scoring on a 22-yard pass. The Hounds kicker split the sticks giving the visitors a 7-6 lead.

Again, the ball was kicked out of bounds, with Prescott starting at its 47. The Wolves drove to the Newport 31 as the first quarter came to an end. Prescott’s offense  woke up as the Wolves scored on three of its four possessions of the second period. First, was the completion of an 11-play drive that began in the first quarter. Eric Grigby capped the drive with an eight-yard run. The two-point conversion was successful, giving Prescott a 14-7 lead. From there, the Wolves wouldn’t look back.

The Greyhounds did nothing, other than turning the ball over on downs after a fake punt at the Newport 38.

The Wolves needed six plays to make it 20-7, with Grigsby scoring on a 13-yard run. The PAT was made more difficult as the Wolves were hit with back-to-back motion penalties, making it a 30-yard attempt.

Newport started at its 20, but fumbled at the five as pressure from the Wolf defense made life miserable for the Greyhound quarterback. Bayless Price scooped the ball up and scored. The try for two was no good, leaving the score 26-7.

Three plays into its next possession, a Newport pass was picked off by Rashawn Bell and returned to the Greyhound 45.

After a holding call, Poole hit Caleb Harris who fought his way into the end zone capping a 57-yard scoring play. The PAT made it 32-7 with 3:40 left in the half.

Newport started at its 36 and drove to the 42 before turning the ball over on downs.

The Wolves squandered two touchdowns on the possession. Poole hit Harris who was brought down at the 35. Grigsby took it to the house on the next play, only to see it called back as Prescott was flagged for holding, moving the ball back to the 45. The Wolves gained three yards on two plays. Poole scrambled on fourth down, heaving the ball to Jacaylon Zachery at the goal for another apparent touchdown. The only problem, though, was Poole was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage. With no time on the clock, this ended the first half.

The Hounds got the ball to start the third quarter, beginning at the 39. Four plays later, though, Newport fumbled with Prescott falling on it at the Hound 44.

Prescott returned the favor four plays later as Poole was picked off. Newport’s defender fumbled, but managed to recover at the Wolf 42.

Going to the air saw Newport picked off at the Prescott 30.

The Wolves needed three plays to score again with Poole connecting with Zachery for six. The PAT made it 39-7.

The kick went out of bounds, giving Newport the ball at the 35. The Hounds drove to the Prescott 15 before Omarion Dickens picked off a pass at the five and took it to the house for a pick six. The PAT was blocked, but that didn’t matter as, for all practical purposes the game ended at the 3:54 mark of the third as the mercy rule went into effect as Prescott led 45-7.

Harris mishit the kick with Newport taking over at the Prescott 46 as it didn’t travel 10 yards. It was irrelevant as the Hounds went four and out,  with Prescott taking over at the 45.

Subs came in and made an impact. Travion Dickens carried twice to the Newport 40 and got help from a facemask call moving it to the 25 as the third ended. The drive ended at the 17 with the ball turned over on downs.

Two plays later, a bad snap saw Newport’s quarterback dropped in the end zone for a safety. This ended scoring.

Each team had one more drive, with neither able to move.

This was Prescott’s last home game. Next Friday, Prescott will be on the road, most likely to McGehee for a date with the Owls. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.