PRYOR — Turning a pair of Grove turnovers into 14 points, Pryor claimed a 38-7 non-district football win here Friday, Sept. 20.
“Pryor is pretty good, but we helped them along the way,” Grove head coach Ron Culwell said.
Quarterback Trapper Gilstrap accounted for four of the Tigers’ six touchdowns.
He had scoring strikes of 37, 56 and 33 yards and added a 3-yard touchdown run for Pryor (2-1).
“I can’t fault our effort,” Culwell said. “Our effort was good all night. We just didn't make the plays we needed to make.”
The Tigers scored the first two touchdowns, then Grove got on the board with a 1-yard run by quarterback Greg McCurdy.
That capped an eight-play, 62-yard drive.
Pryor had a long return on the ensuing kickoff and took over at the GHS 45-yard line.
The hosts scored, the Runners fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Pryor scores again to make it 25-7.
Culwell said at the end of the first half, the Ridgerunners had the ball on the 1-yard line but got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
That moved the ball back to the 15, but couldn't score.
“Had we had the ball at the 2-yard line or 1-yard line, wherever it was, that would have made it 25-14 and we had the ball to start the second half, then things are different,” Culwell said.
Gove had four turnovers; two fumbles and two interceptions. Pryor had none.
McCurdy, nursing a sore ankle after being hurt in the Jay game, completed 7 of 28 passes for 80 yards. He had only 5 yards rushing on five attempts, but had the touchdown.
Malachi McClure and Kadian Forbis added 56 and 43 yards, respectively, for the Runners.
Pryor finished with 138 yards rushing and 229 yards passing.
Grove (1-2) hosts Miami Friday, Sept. 27 in the District 4A-3 opener.
“We’re in our second season,” Culwell said. “There’s preseason, district and post season. We just have to look at it that way. We’ve done a lot of good things. We are getting better and just have to continue to get better.”