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Curley Wolves claw way into semifinals

November 26, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

PRESCOTT, Ark. -- The Prescott Curley Wolves have waited a year for it, but the rematch is finally set.

Prescott vs. McGehee, two 13-0 teams, will clash in the Class 3A state football semifinals next Friday at McGehee. It's a rematch of last year's quarterfinal when the Owls edged the Wolves, 44-39, at Cummins Stadium in Prescott.

Harding Academy (11-2), defending 3A state champion, plays at Booneville (13-1) in the other semifinal.

Prescott, the top-ranked team all season long, punched its ticket to the semifinals with a 47-7 thrashing on the Newport Greyhounds Friday at Eddie Jackson Field. McGehee defeated Hoxie, 38-21, in its quarterfinal playoff.

Newport, which had absorbed a 50-point thrashing by the Wolves to open the season, actually led 7-6 at the first break. But Prescott came to life in the second quarter and scored 41 unanswered points to post the lopsided victory.

Quarterback Carston Poole scored the Wolves' first TD on a 1-yard sneak in the opening quarter. Newport (6-5) answered with Jadarius Reed's 27-yard TD pass from Brendan Curry. Cayden Johnson's PAT gave the Greyhounds their only lead with 48 seconds showing in the first period.

Running back Eric Grisby, who led the Wolves with 94 yards rushing on 15 carries, scored a pair of TDs on runs of 8 and 13 yards. Poole passed to Caleb Harris for a 2-point conversion and a 20-7 lead.

Bayless Price then scooped up a Newport fumble and returned it 3 yards for a TD. Poole later connected with Harris for a 57-yard scoring strike and a 32-7 halftime cushion.

Poole continued where he left off in the third quarter, connecting with Jacaylon Zachery for 55 yards, his 28th touchdown pass of the season. Poole completed 12 of 16 passes for 191 and two scores against the Greyhounds.

Prescott's defense also got in on the scoring with defender Rashawn Bell intercepted a sideline pass and sprinted 99 yards for the Pick-6 and a 45-7 advantage. Rashed Muhammad closed out the scoring by tackling the Newport quarterback in the end zone for a safety with 7:35 left to play.

The Wolves' defense forced five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) while Prescott had two turnovers.

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