Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

October 25, 2013

High school football preview capsules

Pryor at Tahlequah

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium.

Radio: KEOK, FM-102.1. Pryor broadcast is on KITO, FM-96.1.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Pryor Tigers.

Coaches: Tahlequah - Brad Gilbert (second season, 2-15); Pryor - Jason Freeman (second season, 9-8).

Records: Tahlequah 1-6 (1-3 District 5A-4); Pryor 5-2 (4-0).

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Pryor is No. 10 in Class 5A in this week’s Associated Press’ prep poll.

Series record: Pryor leads 28-26.

Last meeting: In 2012, Pryor beat Tahlequah 40-13. Pryor took the lead for good on Brennon Barth’s 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. After falling behind 6-0, Pryor scored the next 33 points to take full control.

Last week: Central 25, Tahlequah 23; Pryor 35, Claremore 26.

News to know: Pryor is alone in first place in District 5A-4. The Tigers knocked off Claremore last week in a game between the top two teams in the district. ... Tahlequah must win its remaining three games to make the playoffs. Tahlequah also needs Pryor to win its final two games against both Collinsville and East Central, which would give both East Central and Collinsville (Tahlequah’s final two opponents) at least three district losses and chance to advance to the playoffs based on a tiebreaking system. ... Pryor has scored 33.3 points in its last four games.

Players to watch

- Tahlequah: David Dick (QB), Reese Davis (LB).

-- Dick has been dynamic in both the running and passing games for Tahlequah this season. He has a team-high 748 yards and 11 touchdowns on 127 carries, while also passing for 742 yards and seven scores.

-- Davis has a team-high 125 tackles for the Tigers. He’ll be instrumental in trying to stop Pryor’s triple option rushing attack this week.

- Pryor: Barth (QB), Alex McCammon (DL).

-- Barth, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, has rushed for 923 yards out of Pryor’s triple-option rushing attack. He has also passed for 520 yards.

-- McCammon, a 5-11, 230-pound senior, is Pryor’s anchor on defense at the nose guard position. McCammon has team-high nine sacks in addition to 52 total tackles, which is third best on Pryor’s roster.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah will play its final road game at East Central on Thursday. Pryor will return home to take on Collinsville on Nov. 1.

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