The Pryor Times


September 1, 2012

Tigers lose a “close one” at home in overtime

The Pryor Tigers lost a nail-biter at Friday night’s home opener in overtime to Catoosa 31-28.

On Pryor’s opening possession, play couldn’t have gone any better. Senior running back Carson Smallwood exploded past an Indian tackler before an 83 yard touchdown run had the crowd at Tiger Stadium on their feet. An extra point  kicked by senior Dillan McDowell put Pryor up 7-0, 20 seconds into the game.

Catoosa took longer, but tied things up with 7:10 left in the first on a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Austin Potter to sophomore wide receiver Nathan Varano.

Early in the second quarter Pryor Junior quarterback Keegan Yates put the ball in the hands of Smallwood again in what appeared as a “quick-pitch-option” play that led to Smallwood reaching the end zone with a 45 yard run.

Catoosa answered at the 7:50 mark when junior running back Darren Fowler scored with a 12 yard run up the middle.

Smallwood took it to the house yet again with 4:18 remaining with a 22-yard run that gave the Tigers a 21-14 lead at the half.

Both teams held strong for most of the third quarter until the Indians’ Potter hooked up with junior tight end Tre Harvey, who found himself wide open near midfield and ran 41 yards untouched.

Smallwood displayed his receiving skills with an interception midway through the fourth and an athletic 27-yard touchdown catch near the back of the end zone with 4:04 left to play.

With 1:27 on the clock Catoosa tied things up when Potter scored on a quarterback sneak on a third and goal.

A missed field goal by Catoosa from 25 yards out with one second left in regulation forced overtime with both teams at 28 points.

Pryor held the Indians to a field goal before getting their turn from the 10-yard line. A Catoosa pass interference penalty allowed Pryor inside the 5-yard line. Smallwood ran hard up the middle a few times before a fourth and goal stared Pryor in the face. The home team opted to go for the win and Smallwood leaped over the Catoosa goal line defense but, according to officials, failed to keep possession of the bowl upon crossing the plane.

“Our guys played hard tonight and competed,” first year Pryor Head Coach Jason Freeman said after the game. “We did a lot of good things, and we made plenty of mistakes to put ourselves in that situation. We win as a team, and we lose as a team.”

Pryor faces Wagoner on the road next week.

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