September 8th, 2013
The majority of the 2013 freshmen Poteau Pirates have played together for six years now, and they have had their share of hard knocks. Thursday night's season opener at Costner Stadium was played in two phases.
The McAlester Buffaloes easily stampeded the Pirates by the score of 21-0 in the first half, but the Pirates must have been been watching old game film and reading the press clipping of previous freshmen teams. Even though they could only score eight points, the Pirates held the ball for all but four plays. The final score was McAlester 21, Poteau 8.
BROKEN BOW â€” The Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams and Broken Bow's split their season openers Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
The seventh-grade game went in favor of the Raiders, who won 12-8. However, the Savages took the eighth-grade game with a late surge 24-22 over the Raiders.
The Arkoma Mustangs rang up several big strikes at Mustang Field on Friday night, but eventually fell to the visiting Keota Lions 62-38.
Despite several penalties and miscues, Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton said, "It's hard to be really displeased. It wasn't like we lost to a bad team.
"They're big, physical and they've got a good running back. They're going to win a lot of games.â€ť
After a good-looking first quarter, the wheels fell off for the Bokoshe Tigers in their season opener on the road against the Oaks Warriors.
The Tigers fell to the Oaks Warriors 52-6.
POCOLA â€” Last season, the Pocola Indians opened the 2012 season with a one-point road win over Tulsa Regent Prep. That wasn't the case in the 2013 season opener Friday night at John Carter Field.
The visitors from Broken Arrow left town with a 23-20 victory as the Indians (0-1) were their own worst enemy, committing nine turnovers.
SPIRO â€” The Spiro Bulldogs opened the 2013 football season at McClain Stadium on Friday night entertaining one of last year's Class 2A state semifinalists, the Vian Wolverines. Vian proved to be too much, cruising a 32-14 victory.
NORMAN â€” Just as on Thursday, the Poteau Lady Pirates split their two games in the University of Oklahoma Tournament at Reaves Park. Poteau blanked Berryhill 7-0, but a seventh-inning rally by the Jenks Lady Trojans lifted them to a 6-3 win over the Lady Pirates.
Wister 6, Pocola 0; Wister 2, Buffalo Valley 0; Buffalo Valley 8, Pocola 2: In Wister, it was a good day for the Lady Wildcats.
Both wins for Wister saw outstanding pitching from starter Hunter Gibson, who struck out seven batters and threw a three-hitter against the Lady Indians.
HOWE â€” The Leflore Savages and the Wister Wildcats find themselves today two wins away from winning the Howe Wood Bat Tournament after posting opening-round wins Thursday at Lions Field.
The Savages routed the Clayton Bulldogs 13-0, while the Wildcats did likewise to the McCurtain Bulldogs 11-0.
The Savages (9-7) and the â€™Cats (9-6) met Saturday afternoon in the championship semifinals, which was followed by the Cameron Yellowjackets and the Smithville Braves in the other semifinal.
The winners played for the title, while the losers met for third place.
NORMAN â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates split their first two games of the University of Oklahoma Tournament on Thursday at Reaves Park.
The Lady Pirates defeated Wayne 8-6, but lost 3-2 to Westmoore.
Howe 15, Cameron 5: In Howe, the Lady Lions had some late-inning offense to break open a close game.
With the game tied at 1, Howe scored once in the second and third innings for a 3-1 lead, but then added four runs in the fourth inning for a 7-1 advantage.
A single run in the fifth inning and a seven-run sixth inning made it 15-1.