The stage is set for the reunion of the Hope vs. Prescott rivalry showdown to take place this Friday night on the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium.
The stage is set for the reunion of the Hope vs. Prescott rivalry showdown to take place this Friday night on the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium. This longtime rivalry has presented some competitive brawls over the years and for 2017, the stands at Hammons Stadium will be packed for another epic showcase on the gridiron.
The hometown Hope Bobcats are coming off two tough road losses against rivals' Nashville in the traditionally season-opener and last week at Ashdown. Now, the Cats will be fired up to be finally home to perform in front of their hometown fans against their rivals' Prescott.
The defending Class 3A state champion Prescott Curley Wolves extended their winning streak on the gridiron last Friday with a whipping season home-opener against visiting Camden Harmony Grove 41-20 at Eddie Jackson Field, Cummins Stadium. This was the first appearance the Curley Wolves made on their home field for season game action since defeating Newport in the semifinals of the 2016 football playoffs. The Curley Wolves did host Class 4A Ashdown for a scrimmage a few weeks ago at home, but last Friday's bout presented Prescott their first season home-opener for their hometown fans.
Prescott comes into their big rivalry bout on a 17 game-winning streak from last season. The Curley Wolves remain as the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A for the third week by the Associated Press (AP) Arkansas Prep Poll Rankings.
Last year, the Curley Wolves topped the Bobcats in a high scoring affair 48-28 in Prescott. This time, the Curley Wolves return on the road to conclude their non-conference schedule to make their appearance back to Hammons Stadium since 2015. Prescott's last trip and battle at Hammons Stadium wasn't a good ending for the visiting Curley Wolves falling to the Bobcats 47-22 in 2015.
In the past two seasons, Prescott and Hope are 1-1 against each other in match-ups and their rivalry looks to showcase one big brawl for these two close towns to be fired up for Friday's night's clash in Hope.
For Prescott's last two trips to Hope in 2013 and 2015 seasons, the Curley Wolves lost both games to the Bobcats. The last time Prescott won at Hammons Stadium was in 2011 with the visiting Curley Wolves defeating the Bobcats, 47-30.
Last week, the Curley Wolves dominated the C.H. Hornets by a winning margin of 21 points. Prescott set the tone early in first half action taking a 33-6 halftime lead. Prescott finished the game with a total of 493 yards offense on 245 yards rushing and 16-21 passing for 248 yards against Camden Harmony Grove.
Prescott's quarterback Cade Haynie was 16-21 passing for 245 yards with one TD pass to receiver Cameron Cox. Thomas Muldrew led the rushing attack on 12 carries for 139 yards with three touchdowns. My'Kal Burns had 12 carries for 70 yards rushing for one touchdown and LaRoderick Walker scored a rushing touchdown. Cox led the receiving crew with seven receptions for 113 yards and one TD.
Thus far, Prescott's is averaging a win margin of 20 plus points as they opened the season defeating Hampton 30-6 by 24 points.
The Hope Bobcats are still looking to end their losing streak since last season. Hope is coming off a tough defeat handed by Ashdown last Friday 46-7. The Cat's lone touchdown of the night presented quarterback Hunter Hellums completing a 36-yards pass reception to receiver Nikorian Muldrew against the Panthers. Defensively, the Bobcats totaled for 34 and half tackles led by Jerrell Henry racking up five and half tackles as week two's Hempstead County Farm Bureau Player of the Week.
For many seasons, Prescott and Hope have met for the final game of the non-conference season and their match-up over the years showcased competitive play for pride that's resulted in unbelievable and surprising finishes.
Prescott head coach Tommy Poole and Hope head coach Jay Turley know each other very well. Poole and Turley both have historic football backgrounds of success and it's always a treat when their teams collide for this big rivalry battle. No surprise which team comes out the victors but Poole and Turley keep a close friendship and always have no matter what the outcome brings in their rivalry.
Poole and Turley both are former college football players from Ouachita Baptist University and they're excited to meet up for their teams to clash in this big rivalry. Even though both head coaches will be across the sidelines wanting to beat each other during the game by execution, the battle will anticipate high emotions before their teams head into conference season for the following week.
Friday's kickoff in Hope happens at 7:30 p.m.