The Pryor Times

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May 30, 2014

Tigers offer 'all-access' to OKGridiron

PRYOR, OK — Pryor head coach Jason Freeman will take the field Saturday for the Tigers' annual Blue and White Spring Game with a little extra baggage.

Freeman will wear a microphone during the game for OKGridiron.com as part of the startup's all-access spring preview.

"I've never done anything like this before," Freeman said of wearing a mic during a game.

The microphone is likely to pick up Freeman saying all the right words. He had a knack for it last season, coaxing the Tigers to an 8-4 record, including a 6-1 record in District 5A-4 and a berth in the state quarterfinals.

The only blemish on Pryor's district slate was a one-point home loss to district champion Collinsville, though the district's coaches picked the Tigers to finish sixth and miss the playoffs.

Freeman, however, would be the first to say it his players' work ethic, not his words, that deserve the credit for the turnaround.

"I think it's more of a sign that the program is getting recognition statewide," Freeman said. "I think people saw the hard work we put in and success we had last year and are starting to take notice."

Saturday's game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature the reigning Bob Hurley Player of the Year, senior quarterback Brennon Barth.

Barth is looking to build on a stellar 2013 campaign which saw him rack up over 1,800 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns out of Freeman's newly-installed triple-option attack.

"We were still installing our offense during the spring game last year," Freeman said. "We looked pretty sloppy."

With a successful season under their respective belts, the state is wondering what Barth — who played at wide receiver before taking the reins of the offense just last season — and the rest of the Tigers will do for an encore. The Blue-White Game will provide a glimpse into the program's progress.

Freeman said the teams will be split up into first-team defense and first-team offense as much as possible, rather than a coaches' draft, as the squad did last season.

"We had a lot of guys playing together that wouldn't normally be playing alongside each other," Freeman said. "This format will give us better looks at what we've got."

Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Times for full coverage of the Blue-White Spring Game.

The OKGridiron report will be made available at OKGridiron.com.

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