Sun September 17, 2023

By Lance Hawley

Curley Wolves Top Bobcats 41-38 in OT Thriller
Hope- If you were not in attendance at Hammonds Stadium Friday night, you missed out on the game of the year so far. Both teams exchanged blows back and forth to the end, and the atmosphere was electric all game long. 

Hope would jump out to an early 14-0 lead after a 63-yard TD pass from Tyler Patterson to Isaac Love. A turnover on the next play granted the Bobcats the ball at the 13 yard-line where Hope running back Timmorian Lindsey burst through the line for a 13-yd TD run to extend the lead to 14-0. Prescott would answer later in the opening quarter, as running back Ja’Noah Harris scored from 10 yards out to make the score 14-7. 

The second quarter began with a 14-7 Bobcats lead, and the Patterson to Love connection struck again as Love hauled in his second TD of the game, catching a 30-yard TD pass from Patterson. Ja’Noah Harris would find pay dirt on the next Curley Wolves possession from four yards out. A few minutes before the half, Prescott QB Pierce Yates would find PJ Gulley for a three-yard pitch and catch to even the score at 21-21. 

Four minutes into the third quarter, Pierce Yates would push the ball across the goal-line for a one-yard TD run to give Prescott their first lead of the night. Yates ran the ball extremely well all game and made multiple big plays with his feet. Bobcat RB Lindsey would even the score back at 28-28 on a five-yard TD run. 

Headed into the final quarter knotted at 28-28, both defenses were flying all over the field trying to make that big play for their teams. Prescott got a big stop and Yates capitalized as he found WR D’Wayne White for a ten-yard TD to give the Curley Wolves a 35-28 lead with 7:30 left in the game.

Hope would have to give the ball back to Prescott while down seven in the final quarter. Then Juan Ortiz made a great play at linebacker as he jumped a route for an INT to set Hope up with excellent field position with a chance to tie the game. Timmorian Lindsey would once again find the endzone for his third TD of the game from seven yards out to tie the game at 35-35. The game would then head into overtime, as both head coaches agreed to play on, and free football was awarded to all the fans.

Hope would take the first possession in overtime and had a third and goal at the one-yard line, but Prescott’s D-Line made a great push and stuffed Lindsey in the backfield to force fourth down. Hope would elect for the FG, and Joshua Ramos got the scoring started with a 21-yd FG to begin overtime. 

That would mean a Prescott TD would give the Wolves the win. Pierce Yates, with ice in his veins, found PJ Gulley for a ten-yard game-winning TD on their opening play to give Prescott a 41-38 victory.  

The stat sheets were filled for both teams as both QBs played great. Pierce Yates showed a lot of grit and would have 196 yards passing and 3 TDs and would also run for a TD and 57 yards. Tyler Patterson would throw for 118 yards and 2 TDs against the best secondary and pass rush the Bobcats faced all year. Timmorian Lindsey had 28 carries for 132 yards and 3 TDs for the Bobcats, and Ja’Noah Harris had two TDs and 126 yards on 21 carries. 

D’Wayne White would lead the Curley Wolves in receiving with a TD and 113 yards, White also had 23 yards on the ground. PJ Gulley would haul in two TDs for Prescott and Spencer Hubbard would have 13 yards receiving. Jaylen Johnson had a big 65-yard return on special teams to set up a Curley Wolves scoring drive, Johnson would also have 40 total yards on offense. Isaac Love had a great game, with 103 yards receiving and 2 TDs, as Isaac has 4 TDs this season and has now scored in each of his first 3 games this year.  

Defensively, Talan Smith, the leading tackler in the state of Arkansas, had another great game as he recorded double-digit tackles again and recovered a fumble. Rocco Patrick had a great game as he had eight tackles and a sack. Patrick was all over the field Friday night. Marshawn Rafter had 13 tackles and four tackles for loss as he lived in the Bobcats backfield all night and had a pass break-up.

For the Bobcats, KD Gulley had 13 tackles, Kamron Walton had 10 tackles, Walton also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Juan Ortiz had seven tackles and a big INT in the fourth quarter. Ortiz was all over the field Friday, and Cameron Carrigan had a great night as well with seven tackles. Both coaching staffs did a great job having their teams prepared for Friday.   

Prescott is at home next week for Homecoming against Gurdon. 

Hope is at home next week for Homecoming against DeQueen.

Photos taken by Brianna Maclaughlin