Tahlequah Daily Press

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October 17, 2012

High school football preview capsules

(Games are at 7:30 p.m., unless noted otherwise)

Tahlequah at Pryor

Where: Tiger Stadium

Radio: Game will air live on KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Pryor Tigers.

Coaches: Tahlequah (Brad Gilbert, 2-12, second season); Pryor (Jason Freeman, 3-4, first season).

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

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 5A.

Series record: Pryor leads, 27-26.

Last week: Central 20, Tahlequah 15; Claremore 31, Pryor 7.

Last meeting: In 2011, Pryor beat Tahlequah, 38-7.

News to know: Tahlequah has allowed an average of 32 points on the road this season. ... Since posting 35 points against Grove in Week 4, Tahlequah has failed to score more than 15 points. ... Pryor is 2-2 at home this season. ... Pryor made the 5A quarterfinals in the playoffs last season before being eliminated 14-7 by Ardmore.

Players to watch

Tahlequah: David Dick (QB), Will Carlile (FS/ATH).

— Dick continues to struggle as Tahlequah's signal caller. In his last two games, Dick has completed 29.2 percent (7 of 24) of his passes (three of which were interceptions) for 69 yards.

— If Dick continues his recent tailspin, look for Carlile to get some snaps at quarterback. Carlile, Tahlqeuah's starting free safety, spelled Dick for a period of time last week against Central and completed 6 of 12 passes for 34 yards. He also was Tahlequah's leading rusher with 93 yards on 17 carries.

Pryor: Carson Smallwood (RB), Keegan Yates (QB).

— Smallwood, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound tailback has carried Pryor's offense on his back this season. With his statistics somewhat inflated from an out-of-this-world performance against Grove, Smallwood has rushed for 1,152 yards on 134 carries this season. Against clubs with a plus-.500 mark this season, Smallwood has been limited to less than 100 yards rushing. And last week against Claremore, Smallwood left the game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.

— Yates, a 6-foot, 165-pound junior quarterback, could find himself having to carry Pryor's offense if Smallwood is unable to go against Tahlequah. Yates has only pass for more than 100 yards twice this season, and he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah returns home on Oct. 26 to play East Central, while Pryor will be at Collinsville on the same night.

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