PRYOR, OK —
Much like Tiger Stadium, the Pryor football team is still under construction toward becoming a contender. Class 4A's No. 2 Wagoner proved as much Friday, spoiling the Tigers' home opener, 35-13, behind 264 yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Lawrence Evitt.
The teams played to a 0-0 stalemate after the first quarter, which included four punts and a goal line interception from Barth. The Bulldogs (2-0) scored on consecutive drives to open the second quarter to jump out to a 14-0 advantage. Evitt was the author of both touchdowns, the first a one-yard plunge and the second a 67-yard scamper.
The Pryor offense finally got in gear late in the second period, churning out a 14-play, 68-yard drive capped by a three-yard Brennon Barth touchdown run. The Tigers (1-1) converted three fourth downs on the drive, including a fake punt in their own territory that was aided by a pass-interference call.
The 14-6 lead is as close as Pryor would get the rest of the way, as the Tigers wasted several opportunities in Bulldog territory. Pryor drove inside the Wagoner 30 midway through the second quarter before turning the ball over on downs, and had an identical drive end the same way in the third.
Bad luck was a factor in this Friday the 13th game. Wagoner had trouble with snaps all night, and five different Bulldogs took snaps at various points in the game. On the last play of the first quarter, Pryor seemed to force a fourth down by stuffing a Bulldog runner after a bad snap. The Tigers were called for a personal foul for a late hit, however, and the drive ended in Evitt's first TD run.
The bad luck bug bit again late in the third quarter. Up 21-6 and facing a fourth down and short deep in Pryor territory, Wagoner botched a snap and it looked as though the Tigers had escaped another red zone jam. Devin Hawkins had other ideas, scooping up the loose ball and running past the right side of the Pryor defense for a back-breaking touchdown.
Evitt tacked on a five-yard score in the third quarter, and backup Bulldog QB Jake Woodson found Roman Rodriguez for a five-yard score with two minutes to go to end the scoring.
Barth, who finished with a team-high 131 yards on 23 carries, capped an eight-play, 61-yard third-quarter drive with a one-yard scoring run after reeling off a 33-yard scramble. That drive was set up by a Brandon Pope fumble recovery.
Matt McGouldrick ran for 74 yards on 12 totes and made several crucial tackles from his linebacker spot. Pryor ran for 243 yards on 46 carries. Wagoner gashed the Tigers for 395 yards on 44 rushes.
Barth completed five of his 13 passes for 35 yards, but threw a costly interception with the Tigers down 28-13 late in the game. Anthony Martinez caught two balls for 19 yards to lead the team. Martinez also picked up 20 yards on five carries.
Pryor will head to Miami to wrap up its non-district slate next Friday. Kickoff with the Wardogs is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.