Prescott turned down for Watson Chapel coach

The Watson Chapel School Board denied the recommendation for Dustin Prescott as Watson Chapel High’s new head football coach during Monday’s meeting, according to athletic director John Hayden.

Why he was denied wasn’t immediately known.

“We will start searching for a new candidate tomorrow,” Hayden said. He declined to comment further.

Reached Monday evening, Prescott said he had not heard whether he was approved. Watson Chapel School District Superintendent Danny Hazelwood declined comment.

Prescott led Des Arc to the 2A state championship game in December after the Eagles finished first in the 6-2A Conference and 11-3 overall. Junction City defeated Des Arc 60-0 in the title game.

Former Chapel head coach George Shelton stepped down in April after spending six years with the Wildcats and leading them to 5-5 overall record and a 5-2 finish in the 5A-South Conference last fall. He also coached the Wildcats to three straight state semifinal rounds in classes 6A and 5A from 2008-10.

Shelton was in education for more than 28 years and spent 15 as a head football coach, including six at Dollarway (2002-07). The Cardinals reached two state championship games under Shelton, but lost both times.