Pryor has been part of an excellent Nederland defensive unit that has put up consecutive shutouts in its last two games. Heading into last week’s game with Lumberton, Pryor had 52 tackles, including four for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
In putting together a highlight reel of Pryor’s time with Nederland, his viral hit would have to be up there, but in his eyes, a play from his sophomore season stood out.
“I think it’d have to be getting a sack on Brennan Doty my sophomore season,” Pryor said. “Just the fact that he was going to Oregon made it really cool. “
It seems like many of Pryor’s biggest moments came against Port Neches-Groves. His sack of Doty was the first time any defensive player had dumped the future Oregon Duck that season, and it was his stop on fourth down last year in Mid-County Madness that stood out to Neumann.
“What’s stuck in my mind for eternity is the great stop he made in the rivalry game,” Neumann said. “He defeated a block and met the ball carrier head on. If there’s a marquee play about that position, that’s it. He’s made a bunch of them. That just happened to be an opportune time.”
Last season, Pryor had to fight through some adversity, as he had multiple injuries that held him out of about five games. That didn’t stop him from garnering all-district attention or making the 2011 Port Arthur News Super Team.
Still, the experience emphasized the kind of hard work and dedication he showed to still play at a high level.
“It was tough coming back,” Pryor said. “It builds a better mindset. Last year, I went through surgery. Just coming back from that and getting reconditioned was tough. It made me want to fight through little injuries that much more.”