The Pryor Tigers, a rejuvenated 2-0 this season after a 3-7 campaign from a year ago, travel to Delaware County tonight to face the Jay Bulldogs (1-1) in what is fast-becoming a heated rivalry for the two programs.
Jay enters Earp Stadium this evening fresh off a 41-7 pasting of Miami at Robertson Field last week.
“Wining improves a lot of things,” Bulldog Head Coach Shane Holland said. “It makes practices a lot easier to go to for the week, that’s for sure.”
Bulldog quarterback Brandon Edge was 11 of 14 for 169 yards and two touchdowns against the Wardogs last Friday.
Running back Bubba Baker notched up 86 yards on 16 carries for a pair of scores.
Edge shared the wealth in the Jay air attack last week finding five different receivers: Indy Jones, Casey Loomis, John Davenport, Josh Ramsey, and Baker.
Delmo Crouch led the way defensively against Miami landing ten tackles and a quarterback sack.
It all added up to an impressive performance for the Bulldogs after a tough week one loss to Arkansas power Gravette.
“The defense played really well,” Holland said of the Miami game. “I was very proud of how everybody played.”
With their first win of the young season in the books the Bulldogs will be hungry to add more.
“They’re playing well,” Holland said of tonight’s opponent. “They’re not the same football team that they were a year ago at this time when we played them.”
Last season’s week three match up saw Jay cage the Tigers in a 31-7 contest at Pryor. Edge threw for 116 yards and three touchdowns in that game, including a 59-yard bomb to Ramsey. Baker and Crouch nabbed 12 tackles each in the 48 minutes.
“Their athleticism has really improved since last year,” Holland said of the Tigers. “They run very well. That was something we saw last spring during track season.
“Their linemen look to be pretty tall and athletic,” Holland added. “They’re a lot more athletic across the board than the Pryor teams I’ve seen in the past.”
Pryor defeated Vinita 24-8 and Locust Grove 53-6 to open their season. Those teams have a combined record of 1-3 so far in ’09. Tonight will mark the Tigers first road game of the season.
“We’re not going to change our package for them,” Holland said of his team’s strategy for tonight. “Even though we played well last Friday we had some areas that are concerns. We’re trying to address that so we can execute a little better.”
Tonight’s kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.