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Wolves smother Lions, 54-6

By John Miller, 11/3/22 9:09 PM

HORATIO – Nobody expected much from Thursday night’s game between Prescott and Horatio.

Expectations were for the Wolves to win easily, and Prescott did, ending the regular season with a 9-0 record and going 5-o in conference play. The final score was 54-6, with the Wolves scoring on every offensive possession of the game.

Not much could be said of the game being a challenge as Jaylen Johnson took the opening kick back for a touchdown before fans from either side could get comfortable in the stands. The point after made it 7-0 with 11:50 left in the first.

Horatio’s offense managed to get to the Wolf 30 on the Lions’ first drive, but wound up turning the ball over on downs after losing to the 34.

It didn’t take the Wolves long to make it 14-0 as Johnson scored his second touchdown of the night on Prescott’s first offensive possession.

The Lions got the ball two more times in the opening frame, doing nothing each time.

Prescott, on the other hand, scored in three plays following a punt to the Wolf 46. Travion Dickens broke loose to the Lion 38 before Carston Poole found Johnson for six. The PAT made it 21-0 with 2:30 left in the period.

It didn’t take Prescott long to put its fourth touchdown on the board after the Lions could do nothing offensively. Genoa Harris went in from the three. The extra point put the game pretty much out of reach at 28-0.

The ensuing kick was returned to the 15, though the Lion player could have let it roll into the end zone as he picked it up at the one. The Lions managed to get to the 36 before Prescott’s defense stiffened, pushing the hosts back to the Horatio 20. The punt went out of bounds at the Lion 46.

Again, the Wolves scored quickly to make it 35-0. Horatio punted the ball back to Prescott three plays later with the ball taken at midfield.

Poole hit Gulley for six with the PAT making it 42-0 and insuring the mercy rule would be in effect to start the second half.

Horatio started at its 33 but only managed nine yards in four plays, turning it over on downs at the Lion 43.

Once again, it didn’t take Prescott long to score, though it was mostly substitute players in the game. Genoa scored his second touchdown on a nine-yard run. A new kicker had the PAT blocked, leaving the score 48-0.

Horatio managed to get on the board in the final 12 minutes of the game. A long pass took the ball to the one, and the Lions managed to punch it in on the next play. A mishandled snap left a point on the field, with the score now 48-6.

Prescott put six more up as the game drew to a close to make it 54-6.

The Wolves will be at home to open the first round of the AAA playoffs next Friday. The bracket hasn’t been released yet as other teams will be playing Friday night.