Archive - Sep 9, 2011
The Poteau Pirates football team will get one last shot at the Idabel Warriors â€” as the two teams will not meet after this season â€” at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Idabel. Although the Pirates (1-0) can go to 2-0 with a win, just to end the series on a high note is important to Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles.
The Arkoma Mustangs are already ahead of their football pace of a season ago. Last Friday night, they avenged last season's opening loss to the Keota Lions, winning this season's opener 34-20.
â€śEveryone wants to get the season started with a win, and that's what we did,â€ť Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton said.
The bad news is that the Mustangs (1-0) have only one non-district game to begin the season. Tonight, they will begin the District C-4 season with a 7:30 p.m. contest at home against the Prue Rockets.
The Heavener Wolves lost their season opener 34-6 to Savanna on the road last week.
Tonight, they will play their first 2011 home football game at Harvey Stadium as they welcome the Sallisaw-Central Tigers to town. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Wolves (0-1) hope the home-field advantage will be just the thing they need.
â€śWe're glad to be home,â€ť Heavener Coach John Thompson. â€śIt's good having the home crowd, and just more people here. We're looking forward to it.â€ť
The Brandon Ellis Era for Panama High School football did not start the way all Razorback fans would have liked, losing 44-6 to Spiro Sept. 1 at McClain Stadium.
Tonight, however, the Hogs (0-1) hope home-field advantage will help as they welcome the Roland Rangers to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śIt's always good to play at home,â€ť said Ellis, who is in his first season after coaching at Gore. â€śIt's going be a big home opener for us. We anticipate a big crowd. We had a great crowd at Spiro. Playing at home is a lot better atmosphere.â€ť
Pocola Football Coach Rick Lang was hoping to continue his Indians' winning streak, which started during Week 8 of last season. The Indians came through with a 43-14 rout of Tulsa Regent Prep last Friday night at John Carter Field to win their fourth straight game dating back to the final three weeks of the regular season in 2010.
â€śWe had a good outing,â€ť Lang said. â€śI love to start with a win. We didn't know what to expect. They're an upstart program. They'll be much improved next year. Our kids came out and did what we expected to do. We executed our plays.â€ť
The Bokoshe Tigers football team will try to get new coach Tyler Massey his first win tonight. If it happens, it will be at a very opportune time for the Tigers.
Bokoshe will open District C-4 play tonight against the Midway Chargers at 7:30 p.m. in Council Hill.
The winner of tonight's game will be in a multiple-team tie for first place, along with the winners of tonight's Prue-Arkoma game and Claremore Christian-Maud game â€” the other two District C-4 contests.
The Talihina Golden Tigers opened the 2011 season with a 31-7 win on the road over the Haileyville Warriors last Friday night. The win was pleasing in a lot of ways for Talihina Coach Kelly Gravitt.
For LeFlore County high school football, most of the eight teams posted wins on opening week.
Week 1 began with Spiro beating Panama last Thursday night, then Poteau, Pocola, Talihina and Arkoma also won their openers Friday night.
Heavener, Panama and Bokoshe will seek their first wins this Friday night.
But the season just got tougher for Arkoma and Bokoshe, who are both in District C-4. Being 8-man teams, their districts are larger than the normal eight-team district â€” such as Poteau's District 4A-4 and Spiro's District 3A-8.
The Boys and Girls Club of Alma, Ark., will have its â€śFall Challenge on the Arkansas Riverâ€ť Bass Tournament From 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fort Smith (Ark.) Park. The entry fee is $80 per boat. There will be $5,000 of prize money to be awarded â€” guaranteed. For additional information, call Rick Clark at (479) 459-0798.