Despite a huge night from sophomore Anthony Martinez, Pryor could not overcome three costly turnovers and succumbed to Collinsville 20-19 Friday with a shot at an outright district title on the line.
Martinez scored on a 54-yard touchdown run on Pryor’s opening drive to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead and threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Ogg in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers reclaim the lead at 19-14, but Collinsville’s Zane McElroy scored on a one-yard keeper with 6:14 to play to shut the door.
Pryor and Collinsville are now tied for first place in the district with one district loss apiece, but the win gives Collinsville a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tigers.
Pryor (6-3, 5-1 District 5A-4) can still clinch a home playoff game with a win over East Central Friday. A Pryor win coupled with a Tahlequah upset of Collinsville Friday would give the Tigers their first district title since 2011 and their second since 1982.
Turnovers ruined the night for the Tigers. Pryor fumbled the ball away deep in Cardinal territory late in the second quarter after Brennon Barth’s first pass was intercepted and returned 13 yards for a touchdown by Cardinal defensive back TJ Johnson. Pryor almost gave the ball away just before halftime, but running back Matt McGouldrick recovered the dangerous fumble on the Tiger 10-yard-line.
Collinsville (7-2, 5-1 5A-4) took control of the district race thanks to a big night from junior signal-caller McElroy. McElroy passed for 152 yards, including a 43-yard bomb to Dylan Cook in the third quarter to give the Cardinals their first lead, 14-13.
Collinsville went 55 yards on a drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters, but Sergio Perez’ 27-yard field goal attempt was wide right with 10:24 to go. Pryor assumed possession at its own 20, but two run plays netted just a yard to set up a third-and-9.
Martinez, who missed the extra point after a Brennon Barth one-yard run in the second quarter, took a reverse handoff and lobbed the ball up for the 6-foot-6 junior tight end Ogg. Ogg came down with the pass between two Cardinal defenders, stayed on his feet and took the ball the rest of the way for a 19-14 lead as the home crowd erupted. Barth could not connect with Ogg for the two-point conversion.
After Collinsville retook the lead with 6:14 to play, Martinez threw an interception on the first play of the next drive to deflate the home crowd. He quickly rectified that mistake by picking off McElroy on the very next play to set the Tigers up at their own 35-yard line.
The Tigers drove inside the Collinsville 35 before the Tigers shifted into reverse and piled up sack and penalty yardage. Barth was sacked on fourth-and-30, and McElroy converted a third-and-8 to seal the win for Collinsville.
Barth, who led the Tigers with 109 yards on 23 carries, appeared to suffer an ankle injury late in the game. He stayed in to finish the game on offense. Martinez finished with 68 yards on five carries, and McGouldrick added 36 yards on 15 totes.
Pryor and East Central will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday.