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Prescott keeps playoff hopes alive

by Rick Thomas | November 12, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

PRESCOTT, Ark. -- It was just another day at the gridiron for the Prescott Curley Wolves.

The top-ranked Wolves (11-0) remained perfect by demolishing the Lakeside Beavers, 56-14, in a Class 3A bi-district playoff Friday night at Eddie Jackson Field at Cummins Stadium.

Prescott advances to the second round against Bismarck, which beat Hackett, 18-8.

Prescott jumped on the team from Lake Village, 22-0, at the first break and blew the game open with a 28-point second quarter to put the game away at half, 50-6.

The Wolves' starters didn't get to play much because their reserves did more than capable mopup duty.

Prescott starting running back Jaylen Hopson carried the ball only 5 times and scored a pair of touchdowns. He finished with 71 yards rushing as the Wolves rolled up 183 yards on the ground and another 153 through the airwaves. Hopson scored on runs of 8 and 17 yards, both in the first half as the hosts took command and never looked back.

The Prescott defense did its job, forcing three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) and held the Beavers (3-8) to 213 yards of total offense.

Jacaylon Zachery scored a pair of TDs for the Wolves, the first on a 13-yard run and the second on a 37-yard pass from quarterback Carston Poole.

Poole also had a 34-yard touchdown pass to Travion Dickens.

Omarion Dickens returned an interception 58 yards for a score, and Tryston Pettit recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another TD. Branen Bradley closed out the Prescott scoring on a 31-yard run.

Bigelow 1, Hornets 0

BIGELOW, Ark. -- Top-ranked and unbeaten Bigelow (11-0) received a 1-0 forfeit Friday from winless Mineral Springs (0-7) in first-round action in the Class 2A state playoffs.

The Hornets placed fifth (last in Conference 7-2A) and the top 5 teams in each district advance to the playoffs, although Mineral Springs did not win a game in seven tries.

Bigelow went through 4-2A Conference with an unblemished record.

Other scores

Lafayette County came back and defeated England, 38-30, in overtime in the Class 2A playoff Friday. Ashdown also won, knocking off Lonoke, 35-14, in Class 4A, and Marked Tree whipped Murfreesboro, 36-6 in the 2A ranks.

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