Pryor fails to cash in opportunities in loss to Ardmore
BY TYLER PALMATEER World Correspondent
Saturday, November 19, 2011
11/19/11 at 7:29 AM
PRYOR - So close, yet so far.
An undersized, speedy Pryor defense did all it could to steal a victory from Ardmore but came up short Friday night, losing 14-7 in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Pryor (9-3) failed to punch in multiple red-zone attempts, in part because the Ardmore defensive line held strong.
Pryor held Ardmore (8-4) to one first-half touchdown but could not get a score themselves until the fourth quarter.
Ardmore's first-half score came when quarterback Travis Galbreath completed a 17-yard pass to Tyler Dickson.
However, Ardmore then turned the ball over on three of its next four possessions, giving Pryor multiple opportunities to tie the game.
Pryor senior Christian Considine picked off a pass in the defensive flurry, his fifth of the year.
Zeke Stump and Reece Ritter both recovered Ardmore fumbles.
"We knew it was going to be a physical game," Ardmore head coach Douglas Wendel said. "Their quickness affected us a little bit, but we challenged our kids all week to be as physical as they could be, and our senior leadership really came through."
Pryor has waited since 2003 to get back into the second round of the 5A playoffs.
But on Friday, with the end zone so close at times, the Tigers just couldn't score.
On multiple occasions, Pryor was stopped inside the Ardmore 20-yard line. Pryor even had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, after a snap sailed over the head of Ardmore punter Ashdon Perry.
Pryor had the ball inside the Ardmore 10-yard line and had four plays to get into the end zone. But Ardmore's defense stopped Pryor again and ran the clock out.
Ardmore advances to a semifinal next week against Lawton MacArthur.
Ardmore 14, Pryor 7
Pryor 0 0 0 7 — 7
Ardmore 7 0 7 0 — 14
A: Dickson 17 pass from Galbreath (Gonzalez kick)
A: Perry 5 run (Gonzalez kick)
P: Brooner 1 run (Considine kick)
|Rushes-Yards ||37-126||37- 124|
|Comp- Att- Int||3-16-1||14-26-1|
|Punts- Avg.||6- 35.1||3- 28.3|
|Penalties- Yards||7- 44||11- 100|
Original Print Headline: Ardmore defense holds off Pryor