McALESTER, OK —
The Pryor football team came away from McAlester with a lot of positive momentum Friday night, after what head coach Jason Freeman described as the Tigers' toughest test outside of District 5A-4.
"I'm very encouraged about this team. We won't see a better team than McAlester in our division this year, and we went toe to toe with them. I'm very proud of them. They played hard."
Class 4A schools Fort Gibson and Wagoner also joined in the scrum, but Pryor did not rotate in against Wagoner, the Tigers' Week 2 foe.
On the offensive side of the ball, Freeman said new quarterback Brennon Barth ran the Tigers' new triple option attack well, and sophomore Anthony Martinez also had a standout night. Senior receiver and defensive back Ryan Northcutt and senior lineman Alex McCammon made strong early impressions, as did senior linebacker Matt McGouldrick.
The Buffalo starters scored four times on the Pryor defense thanks to some mental lapses in the secondary, something Freeman said the Tigers will address in the upcoming week of practice.
Ball security is also at the top of Freeman's list of priorities. The Tigers scored twice on McAlester, but squandered a few possessions with some careless fumbles.
"We have a lot to work on, but we have a lot of positives to take away from tonight, too," Freeman said.
The Tigers will head to Muskogee Thursday for their final scrimmage before heading to Catoosa to open the season Sept. 6.