The Pryor Times

September 11, 2013

Football previews: Week 2

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

PRYOR, OK — Game of the Week: Pryor (1-0) vs. Wagoner (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Pryor will finally get to play at newly-renovated — or currently being renovated — Tiger Stadium Friday night, but just because it's a home game doesn't mean it will be a cakewalk. Class 4A Wagoner (No. 2 AP) took home a gold ball in 2011 and posted an 11-2 record in 2012. The Bulldogs took down 5A No. 13 Coweta 21-2 in a season opener very similar to Pryor's 24-0 shutout of Catoosa in Week 1.

The 5A Tigers (No. 13 AP) are a much-improved and more spread-out team from last season, having yet to allow a touchdown. Pryor's Week 1 win was impressive, though it was mainly impressive because the Indians outgained the Tigers in total yardage but Pryor still found a way to win by three scores.

Head coach Jason Freeman preaches assignment defense, and the Tigers will need to play a perfect game on defense to have a shot at an upset. Coweta allowed just 209 yards of offense to the Bulldogs, including just 2-of-5 passing for 15 yards, but still lost by double figures after turning the ball over four times (Catoosa coughed it up a half-dozen times against Pryor).

Be surprised if the ball is in the air more than 10 times combined. If Pryor can stop the run and pick up some big plays on offense, they'll have a chance.

Bold Prediction: Wagoner 21, Pryor 16

Locust Grove (1-0) vs. Kansas (1-0), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Fresh off of its second-straight win in the Battle of 82 series with Salina, Locust Grove will stay at home to host Kansas, 44-24 victors over Sallisaw Central in Week 1. LG edged the Comets last year at Kansas, but the Pirates are a much-improved squad this year and should put up more points than 2012's contest.

Bold Prediction: Locust Grove 31, Kansas 12

Salina (0-1) vs. Inola (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

You can bet Salina is still reeling from its 29-8 defeat in the Battle of 82, but don't bet that Kyle Fowler's squad has taken its eyes off of Inola, 36-0 winners at Chelsea last week. The Longhorns shut out the Wildcats in a 7-0 defensive struggle in 2012, and there should be more of that on the menu for Week 2's contest.

Bold Prediction: Salina 14, Inola 8

Adair (1-0) vs. vs. Wyandotte (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

These two teams have some recent history. Wyandotte lost twice to Adair last season, including once in the Class 2A playoffs, but the Bears are stacked heading into 2013 and have a 56-0 Week 1 win over Class A Fairland to show for it. This won't be a stroll in the park for 2A No. 6 Adair, as last week's 53-0 win at Kellyville was, but the Warriors will still have plenty of muscle to get the job done.

Bold Prediction: Adair 42, Wyandotte 20

Chouteau (1-0) at Summit Christian (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

My lone bad pick last week was Chouteau's game against Warner, and I paid the price this week with some "I told you sos" from Wildcat fans. Summit Christian is no slouch, and the Class A Eagles took a 22-15 decision at Chouteau last year. Maybe betting against the 'Cats is a good luck charm. Who am I to mess with fate?

Bold Prediction: Summit Christian 16, Chouteau 6

Chuck's Week 1 Picks: 3-1

Overall: 3-1