Pryor Pirates stick it to Destin (VIDEO)

Tina Harbuck
Jamison Brundidge carried the ball six times for Destin picking up 50 yards and their only touchdown.

It was total domination by the Pryor Pirates last Thursday night as the Pirates walked away with a 40-8 win over the Destin Marlins in middle school football action at Joe Etheredge Stadium in Fort Walton Beach.

Pryor scored on their first three possessions plus intercepted a Destin pass for a pick six to take 32-0 lead at half.

“They’ve got some good players,” said Destin Coach Daniel Griffin of the Pryor Pirates.

“We just had a few breakdowns here and there, nobody had a terribly bad game, nobody had a great game.

“Until we continue to get rid of these little breakdowns and not have good gap integrity in our defense, we’re going to continue to give up points,” he said.

As for the offense, “We got pushed around a little bit which is not fun but again, we’ve got to come out with a little bit better mentality in the future and be more physical.”

To start the game, Destin failed to make a first on their first possession and had to punt.

Pryor took over at midfield and scored in eight plays with Ethan Lee taking it in on a 1-yard run. Quarterback Jimmy Hart ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

On Destin’s next possession, the Marlins fumbled it away on the second play.

With the ball on the Destin 37-yard line, Pryor scored again. Reggie Fain scored on a reverse play taking it in on a 21-yard run. The two-point conversion was good and Pryor led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second, on a third-and-long situation, Destin quarterback Jamison Brundidge put the ball up for a pick-six by the Pirates’ Hart who ran it back 12 yards for the score. The two-point try was good and Pryor was sitting on a 24-0 lead with 7:29 left to go in the first half.

On the Marlins next possession, Destin put together a good drive picking up two first downs. Brundidge broke away for a gain of 17 yards and then later hit Eduardo Larzano for a gain of 9 yards. However, on the next couple of plays, the Pirates knocked the Marlins back for negative yardage.

Pryor scored once more in the first half. Lee broke loose for a 70 yard run followed by a 3-yard run by Jaden Rivera for the score. The two-point conversion was good and Pryor was on top 32-0 at the break.

After a no-score third quarter, the Destin defense held the Pirates on the 1-yard line and then drove the distance for their only score of the evening. Payton Kerle, Dylan Ogle and Brundidge were the ball carriers on the drive with Brundidge finishing off the march with a 2-yard run around the right end for the score. Nick Greer scored on the two-point conversion for a 38-8 game.

Pryor answered almost immediately with Fain returning the ensuing kickoff 70-plus yards for the score.

Destin had the ball one last time and made one first down before having to punt.

For the game, Destin had 135 yards rushing with Ogle leading the way with 62 yards in nine carries. Brundidge picked up 50 yards in six carries and Kerle had 33 yards in 10 rushes.

Pryor rushed for 241 yards with Lee the workhorse with 91 yards.

Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday at Meigs Middle School in Shalimar.