It was an unfortunate ending for the Prescott Curley Wolves in the second round of the 2017 Class 3A state football playoffs as their back to back title hopes were shattered by a very polished and seasoned Osceola Seminoles team 41-20.

It was an unfortunate ending for the Prescott Curley Wolves in the second round of the 2017 Class 3A state football playoffs as their back to back title hopes were shattered by a very polished and seasoned Osceola Seminoles team 41-20.
Prescott football head coach Tommy Poole knew his Curley Wolves were in a fight for their lives to have to overcome one of the top football teams in the state for Class 3A and come out the victors on the road. This second round match-up had it's toll on the reigning champs due to having the longest trip and bus ride to compete nearly five hours away and arriving to a team ready for battle.
"I felt like we had the talent to win it, but it frustrating when things don't go your way and I take the full blame for it. Our goal is to win a state championship every year and disappointing when you come up short," Poole said.
"I don't take anything away from Osceola. It was a four-and-half hour trip, we just played a really good football team. They were bigger and faster than we were. They made plays in the ball game and we didn't at times. Some night's that is just the way it is. That Friday night it didn't bounce right for us," Poole said.   
For the first time this season Prescott trailed at halftime 20-7. Strong second and third quarters made the difference for Osceola. In the third quarter, Osceola went up 27-7. The Seminoles took a 34-14 lead, heading in the final quarter with Prescott and Osceola accounting for a touchdown apiece into the end zone.
The loss ended the Curley Wolves' reign as the defending Class 3A state champs but secured a productive season ending record at 11-2 overall and continuing a decade of postseason play on the gridiron.
Poole knows the devastating affections for his Curley Wolves to have felt losing in the playoffs and not getting the chance to return to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to compete in the state finals football game. He believes this was a great season for the team the seniors to have accomplished a lot since their time participating in the Prescott football program since seventh grade.
"The kids won 10 games and that's a tribute to the team. The seniors were in the seventh grade when I came to coach here in Prescott. I've coached them since and they're a special group of kids that have won two conference championships and a state championship. They won over 36 games as a class," Poole said.
"It hurts to lose, but understanding that's the business except for one team. The game of football teaches you about life and when things don't go your way you just have to keep going,” he said.
Seniors Derrick Nolen, Thomas Muldrew, Quontravious Caldwell, Derrick Thompson Jr., Kadarius Pearson, Peyton Chandler, Cade Haynie, Bailey Adams, Trent Davis, MyKal Burns, Isaiah Wayne, Laroderick Walker, Chase Subin, Eric Wingfield, Jaylon Marshall, Matt Gill and Kade "Money" Honea all will be truly missed as a selective group of Prescott football greats from the program.
Poole looks forward to next season with a talented group of freshman making their way into the Curley Wolves senior high football program. They captured the conference title going undefeated during the 2017 junior high football season and will be key additions to the team for season 2018.
This season, the Curley Wolves held the No. 1 overall ranking for seven consecutive weeks in the state for Class 3A (Associated Press Arkansas Prep Poll, Hooten's Arkansas Football Class 3A rankings, Arkansas Democrat Prep Poll and Max Prep Poll Rankings). They were currently ranked as one of five top teams in the entire state for Class 3A heading into the postseason by all three polls.
With the defensive unit being strong for the season, the offense has impacted in all key victories racking up yardage both on the ground and in the air. The Curley Wolves posted their highest scoring win margin and in their final home game of the regular season defeating Bismarck 62-7 for a 55 point victory.
Finishing the non-conference schedule unbeaten into league season, the defense continued to stay consistent and through the first three conference games, the Curley Wolves posted shutout victories against Centerpoint 53-0, Gurdon 48-0 and Horatio 47-0. Through week 6 of high school football season, the Curley Wolves extended their winning-streak to 21 consecutive wins since the start of their 2016 championship season.
The streak ended in their tough loss at Glen Rose 37-27, but it's stands as the longest winning-streak in the history of their Prescott football program.
Prescott finishes two consecutive seasons unbeaten at home on Eddie Jackson Field, Cummins Stadium going into season 2018.