PRESCOTT, Ark. -- Prescott faces Newport for the second time this season, having beaten the Greyhounds, 56-6, to start the 2021 season.
The Curley Wolves -- 11-0 and ranked No. 1 all season in Class 3A -- have continued to thrash opponents this season, having scored 50 or more points eight times this fall. Twice Prescott scored 49 points in a game, and last week's 28-14 win over Bismarck was the lowest output by the Wolves all season.
"Bismarck did a good job of running the game clock and there were able to get a couple of stops, also," Prescott head coach Brian Glass said. "We weren't real sharp; it wasn't our best game.
"We had a couple of guys out, and hopefully they'll be back this week against Newport."
Tonight's 3A state quarterfinal game with Newport visiting Eddie Jackson Field at Cummins Stadium kicks off at 7 p.m.
The Greyhounds (6-4) has won two in a row in the postseason. They score an average of 23.3 points and allow 21.6 points per game.
Newport beat Paris, 28-17, last week.
Prescott averages 49.9 points per game and allows just 14.9. The Wolves put up 476.3 yards of total offense per outing.
"We opened the season with them and got on them early," Glass said about the win over the Greyhounds. "It ended up being a mercy rule win; we're not expecting that, again. They've got a really good football team.
"Their defense has been playing great, and it's going to be a challenge for us to put points on the board. We feel we'll be up for the challenge."
Curley Wolf junior QB Carston Poole has completed 102-of-150 passes for 2,195 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and running back Jaylen Hopson has 130 carries for 1,880 yards and 30 TDs. Jacaylon Zachery has 48 rushes for 431 yards and six scores while also catching 33 balls for 662 yards and another seven receiving TDs.
Omarion Dickens has 22 grabs for 575 yards and eight scores, Eric Grigsby has 15 for 365 and three touchdowns, and Caleb Harris adds 18 receptions for 357 yards and four TDs.
Jason Patrick leads the stingy Prescott defense with 163 tackles -- 17 for a loss -- Travion Dickens has 122 stops, and Tidorian Thompson adds 110 tackles. Zachery and Rashawn Bell lead the team with three interceptions apiece.
"Newport's offense has improved as the season has gone on; it's going to be a challenge for our defense to keep them contained," Glass said. "We know how important this game is, and we need to play well."
The winner advances to play either Hoxie or McGehee in the 3A state semifinals next week.