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June 23, 2014

Pryor takes passing game on the road

DERBY, Kan. — In a continued effort to build its passing game, Pryor skill players traveled north to Derby, Kan., Saturday to take on quality opponents in a Select 7-on-7 qualifier tournament.

“I really think we got out of it what I wanted,” PHS head coach Jason Freeman told OKGridiron.com. “What I wanted to do was to throw the ball in a competitive environment.”

Pryor went 0-5 in pool play and lost its bracket game to Trinity Academy (Kan.) to finish a disappointing 0-6.

The 7-on-7 format has experienced a popularity spike among coaches in recent years. It removes the offensive line and focuses on the passing game, an area Pryor neglected last year in favor of a potent triple-option rushing attack.

Freeman knows that balance is important to go deep in the playoffs, citing Jenks and Union as examples of teams that primarily rush but use an effective passing game to rise above quality squads late in the season.

"I've got to do a better job of getting us in formations where [quarterback] Brennon [Barth] can be successful, keeping him on the move, running more waggles, more sprint-outs, things like that," Freeman told The Times after the Tigers' spring scrimmage in May.

Barth ran for 37 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 yards as a junior.

Pryor will be much stronger at tight end this season, with 6-foot-5 Zaph Bobb and physical Spencer Henson emerging alongside 6-foot-7 Ryan Ogg.

"That is just tough on people," Freeman said.

Pryor was one of two Oklahoma teams at the tournament. The other, Westmoore, made it to the semifinal round before succumbing to eventual champion Topeka (Kan.).

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