PRESCOTT - A dream season to remember for 2016 will be placed in history for Prescott's football program after the Curley Wolves completed their year of perfection on the gridiron at 15-0.
PRESCOTT - A dream season to remember for 2016 will be placed in history for Prescott's football program after the Curley Wolves completed their year of perfection on the gridiron at 15-0. The buzz continues to pour out in Curley Wolf country with Prescott capturing it's fifth state football championship. The Curley Wolves were predicted to be one of the top five ranked teams in the state for Class 3A as a true contender for the state title this season. Their teams' performance throughout the season of margins of victories caught the attention of all opponents that they were headed for success. Amongst capturing this season's state championship seals the deal on their season of accomplishing their ultimate goal set from last year's semifinals defeat to go all the way in 2016.
Prescott football head coach Tommy Poole has been extremely proud of how his Curley Wolves kept a strong sense of dedication, leadership and composure each week for games and stay mentally ready to compete all four quarters of action. Poole feels these 2016 Prescott Curley Wolves are more than deserving to win this championship and believes each one of them are good young men and athletes to coach.
The Curley Wolves quest to winning their fifth state title brought out high praise of accomplishments this season. During the season, five Curley Wolves including Coach Poole were recognized and nominated to the 2016 Hooten's Arkansas Football Farm Bureau Insurance Awards top offensive, defensive player and coach of the year honors for Class 3A. Senior Curley Wolves' quarterback Derrick Flynn and running back Carlos Vanhook and receiver Tyler Rucker were all nominated and placed on the watch list for offensive player of the year honors. Jay Marks and Chris Cowling were nominated and placed on the watch list for defensive player of the year. Coach Poole was placed on the watch list for coach of the year among 13 other head coaches in the Class 3A.
This season after their impressive 15-0 undefeated year on the gridiron, Flynn, Poole and Marks were all selected as finalist for top honors. Flynn was chosen as the Farm Bureau's offensive player of the year, Poole won coach of the year and Marks finished as a top three finalist for defensive player of the year for Class 3A by Hooten's Arkansas Football.
For Poole, he has been placed on the Farm Bureau's coach of the year watch list and coached players to be selected as a finalist to win the overall top honor during his 17 year coaching career. Many coaching accolades are special for achievement, but to finally win a state title as a coach means a lot to Poole. He's very excited, thrilled and appreciative to have coached the Curley Wolves to a football championship, but strongly believes without the hard work, dedication and time of his assistant coaches and the players work ethic, this title wouldn't have been accomplished.
Starting quarterback Flynn was the commander-in-chief behind the offense this season. For a standout state championship performance against Charleston of five touchdowns with four rushing and one passing racked up 231 yards rushing and six passing completions for 39 yards earned him Class 3A state finals MVP. Flynn has been a major challenge for Prescott's opponents to stop this season and was one of the top players to lead the Curley Wolves in their victories. He threw over 2,000 yards passing, with over 100 completions, rushed over 900 yards and accounted for 17 touchdowns for over 100 points.
Flynn's other offensive duo teammate starting running back Vanhook racked up 209 yards rushing a couple of end zone trips against Charleston in the state title game. This season, Vanhook led the team in touchdowns scored with over 30 TD's for 190 plus points and rushed for over 1,400 yards on the ground. He also had 16 receptions for over 150 yards.
On receiving, Kadarius Pearson racked with 40 receptions for over 720 yards with TD's, Cameron Cox had 37 receptions for over 770 yards with TD's, Tyler Ruck had 24 receptions for 407 yards and Bailey Adams had over 15 receptions for over 180 yards.
Defensively, Peyton Chandler and Chris Cowling both racked up over 100 tackles apiece this season. Chandler had over 160 tackles and Cowling accounted for over 150 tackles. Rucker had over 90 tackles, Marks, Colton Johnson and Davence Davis each had over 80 tackles. Ja'Mozyia Williamson racked up over 70 tackles, Deonte Jamison and Laroderick Walker both had over 60 tackles and Derrick Thompson had over 50 tackles.
On kicking, Kade "Money" Honea made over 40 PAT's for 50 plus points scored.
As a team, the Curley Wolves totaled for 522 points with 87 touchdowns, had over 2, 400 yards passing, over 3,380 yards rushing and over 2, 400 yards receiving. Per game averaged 161 yards passing and receiving and 225 yards rushing and five touchdowns ppg. Defensively, the Curley Wolves had over 25 interceptions, over 30 sacks, over 1,300 tackles. Per game averaged 89 tackles and 106 tackles for loss.
Receiving All-State honors were Flynn, Vanhook, Marks and Hunter Grimes. Prescott's Taylor Draper was the winner of the Burlsworth Award at the 3A state finals.
Prescott's perfect and unbeaten season claims back to back 5-3A Conference titles at 7-0 with the 2016 Class 3A state championship. The Curley Wolves went undefeated at home this season and have won 14 straight consecutive victories at Cummins Stadium since the 2015 home win against Centerpoint on the Eddie Jackson Field.