CATOOSA, OK —
The Pryor defense forced a a half-dozen turnovers and kept Catoosa out of the end zone en route to a 24-0 shutout win at Catoosa Friday night.
The Tigers (1-0) jumped out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter on Brennon Barth TD runs of 27 and four yards and an Anthony Martinez 35-yard field goal. After that, however, the Indian defense tightened up.
The Tiger defense bailed out the anemic Pryor offense, which picked up just 202 total yards, including 171 yards on the ground. Quarterback Barth (21 carries, 76 yards) and senior running back Matt McGouldrick (15 carries, 72 yards) led the way. McGouldrick tacked on the dagger in the fourth quarter, a 20-yard scamper to put the Indians away for good.
The Catoosa offense outgained the Tigers 238-202 but were penalized eight times for 80 yards and coughed up five fumbles, most coming from simple exchange malfunctions. Senior Taylor Kegley nabbed an interception for the Tigers, who swiped the ball four times in the first half alone. Will Stover also forced a fumble.
Barth threw just six times, completing three for 31 yards and fulfilling head coach Jason Freeman’s hopes that Pryor would run the ball at least 65 percent of the time out of the triple option.
Catoosa (0-1) outgunned Pryor in last season's opener, 31-28.
Pryor will host Wagoner in its home opener Friday at 7:30 p.m.