By BEN JOHNSON
Pryor's running game was in full effect Friday night against Tahlequah, carrying the visiting Tigers to a 41-15 victory at Doc Wadley Stadium on Friday night.
Pryor quarterback Brennon Barth piled up 193 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries to engineer the rout of Tahlequah. Running back Matt McGouldrick added 148 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for Pryor (6-2, 5-0 District 5A-4), which logged 355 yards on 44 rushes.
For Tahlequah (1-7, 1-4), it was a game of missed opportunities. The Tigers had four drives stall in Pryor territory in the first half and two more in the second half.
"We just didn't capitalize on the opportunities that we had," Tahlequah head coach Brad Gilbert said. "Against good teams, any time you get the chance to capitalize...you have to score."
Tahlequah, which managed only 338 yards of total offense, was officially eliminated from postseason contention with the loss.
Pryor kept Tahlequah out of the end zone in the first half en route to a 14-0 lead at halftime. Pryor's first touchdown came on a 38-yard run by Barth in the first quarter, and McGouldrick followed that up with a 22-yard scoring scamper in the the second period.
Both Barth and McGouldrick scored touchdowns in the third quarter to put Pryor in front comfortably at 28-0.
Tahlequah's first score didn't come until the 9:51 mark of the fourth quarter. Pryor recovered its own fumble inside its own end zone, resulting in a safety and eliminating the shutout by Pryor.
Tahlequah would add two touchdowns in the fourth period. David Dick scored on a 6-yard run, and Colton Wright added a 14-yard touchdown run.
Wright had a team-high 74 yards on the ground for Tahlequah on 15 carries.
Tahlequah's game in Week 9 will be at East Central on Thursday night. Pryor returns home to take on Collinsville on Friday.
First downs 18 24
Rush 15 15
Pass 2 8
Penalty 1 1
Rush-yds 44-355 42-189
Pass C-A-I 4-7-1 21-34-2
Pass yds 33 149
Total yds 388 338
Punt-avg 1-28.0 5-30.6
Fumbles-lost 2-0 5-0
Penalty-yds 6-50 7-58
Pryor: Brennon Barth 18-193, Matt McGouldrick 18-148, Anthony Martinez
3-9, Tim Stimson 3-8, TEAM 2-(minus 3).
Tahlequah: Colton Wright 15-74, David Dick 11-52, Brandon Conrad 8-43,
Kyle Lucas 4-23, Will Carlile 1-5, Cedrique Rippetoe 2-1, TEAM 2-(minus 10).
Pryor: Barth 4-7-1 33.
Tahlequah: Dick 21-34-2 149.
Pryor: Alex Yates 2-15, Ryan Ogg 2-18.
Tahlequah: Kourtland McMillan 10-83, Carlile 7-45, Wright 2-6, Wyatt
Jones 1-8, Chase Morris 1-7.