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Prescott Curley Wolves’ win against Bismarck, 47-28 in War Memorial, shows Wolves’ early season growing pains

Prescott receiver P.J. Gulley ahead of Bismarck defender Ian Smith in possession of the football after receiving a pass from fellow receiver Eric Grigsby early in the second quarter of Prescott’s 47-28 victory of Bismarck. Gulley would score a touchdown on this play to put Prescott ahead 14-0.

Playing in the 56,000-capacity War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock for their season opener, a game streamed from the SWArk.Today website, the Prescott Curley Wolves beat the Bismarck Lions 47-28 Tuesday night, with the Wolves’ receiver Eric Grigsby, running back Travion Dickens and quarterback Carston Poole among the outstanding performers.

Grigsby was busiest in the first half, piling up 236 yards while scoring touchdowns by passing, running and catching, helping power the team to a 28-7 halftime lead.

Travion Dickens ran for 125 yards on 13 carries while scoring twice himself. His runs were often spectacular, featuring him faking out and often dragging would-be tacklers.

Meanwhile, quarterback Carston Poole had two touchdowns and one interception and went 21 for 32 and 300 yards.

The lead the Curley Wolves (1-0) got out to in the first half proved fatal to the Lions hopes of victory, but Bismarck still showed some fight in scoring 28 points, 21 in the second half, and taking the game’s momentum at extended periods of the second half. Benefitting from Curley Wolves’ penalties, mostly on offense, Bismarck (0-1), through some good runs by its quarterback Ian Smith and adept passing to Tony Weeks and Dalton Daniels managed to end the game with 300 yards in offense.

After the game, Prescott Coach Brian Glass in an interview with Arkansas Democrat-Gazette praised Eric Grigsby for his first-half heroics and acknowledged some early-in-the-season troubles with fatigue and substitutions. He also complimented Bismarck for aggressive defense against the run and at times presenting confusing pass coverages.

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