MUSKOGEE, OK —
Pryor hit the road Thursday night to wrap up its preseason scrimmage schedule, and now head coach Jason Freeman and the Tigers have their eyes locked on their Week 1 foe, Catoosa.
In their last exhibition, the Tigers took on 6A foes Bartlesville and host Muskogee.
“Overall it was positive, nobody got hurt,” Freeman said. “Saw a lot of speed, a lot of competition, obviously, with 6A schools. I think we’re better prepared going into Catoosa than we were last year.”
The Bruins and Roughers spread the field against Pryor, which is a similar look to what Catoosa brought to the table last season. On tape (and in person Friday night), Freeman has noticed plenty of similarities in this year's Indian squad.
“They run lots of split-back, some one-back. They’re better on the offensive line than they were last year. They’ve got a good tight end, too,” Freeman said.
Offensively, new quarterback Brennon Barth continues to impress Freeman. Fullback Tim Stimson and all-purpose threat Anthony Martinez had big nights Thursday as well. Martinez scored a 50-yard touchdown against Muskogee, Pryor’s only points against the host Roughers.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Freeman, who graduated from Muskogee in 1995. Home is now in Pryor, though the Tigers’ home field, Tiger Stadium, is undergoing a facelift. The ongoing construction has some fans concerned about whether or not Pryor will be able to host its first scheduled home game Sept. 13 against Wagoner.
Freeman had no such concerns. “Whether or not it's done, we're going to play there. There shouldn't be any questions about it.”