GROVE, OK —
Pryor scored 21 unanswered second-half points and Anthony Martinez picked off passes on back-to-back Grove drives to seal a 35-28 win for the Tigers Friday night in Grove.
Pryor (4-2, 3-0 District 5A-4) fell behind 28-14 on a 77-yard run by Jake Spychalski in the third quarter before rallying to win its third-straight district game in thrilling fashion.
In the third quarter, junior quarterback Brennon Barth hooked up with senior running back Matt McGouldrick for a 24-yard score to shave the lead to 28-21. A five-yard Barth run in the fourth knotted the game at 28.
With Grove (1-5, 0-3) driving late in the fourth, Martinez stepped up to kill the drive and set up the game-winning score, a 10-yard Barth run.
The Ridgerunners took over with just seconds on the clock, and Martinez stepped in front of another Spychalski pass to put the finishing touches on Pryor's latest masterpiece.
The win, Pryor's fourth, matches the Tigers' win total from its 2012 campaign just six games into the season, and with three home dates left on the schedule.
Grove jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage on an 86-yard connection from Spychalski to Clayton Honeycutt. Pryor countered with a four-yard Barth run to take a 7-6 lead into the second quarter.
Spychalski found Trent Lyle on a 47-yard pass in the second and linked with Honeycutt for the two-point conversion to give the Ridgerunners a 14-7 advantage. Barth answered with a 15-yard run to tie the game at 14.
Grove's Matt Jeffries hauled in a four-yard score late in the half, sending Pryor into the locker room down a touchdown.
Barth and McGouldrick racked up season-high rushing numbers for the Tigers running head coach Jason Freeman's triple-option attack. McGouldrick rolled up a team-high 182 yards on 25 carries, and Barth notched 173 on 21 totes to go with his four touchdowns.
Barth was 7-of-16 through the air, including three completions to his top target Anthony Martinez. Pryor ran for 394 yards and passed for 92.
The Tigers allowed 244 yards through the air and 163 on the ground, but forced four Grove turnovers, including Martinez' two picks and another by Kegan Yates. Ryan Ogg also jumped on a Ridgerunner fumble.
The comeback win sets up a huge battle with Claremore in Week 7. The Zebras knocked off defending district champion East Central Friday to move to 5-1 and 3-0 in 5A-4. Claremore and Pryor will meet at Tiger Stadium Thursday at 7 p.m. for sole possession of first place in the district.