September 8th, 2012
VAN BUREN, Ark. â€” Coach Brooks Coatney of Van Buren wanted to get a quicker start than last week. While his team drove the ball downfield fairly successfully, fumbles, however, foiled the Pointers.
Poteau scored in the first half, and then had to post two second-half touchdowns to pull out the 18-15 victory.
However, the loss may have proven costly as player Austin Barnette blew out his knee, and his status for next week was uncertain at press time. In Saturday's physical edition, due to a reporting error, the incorrect injured player is listed, and The Poteau Daily News regrets the error.
BOKOSHE â€” The Arkoma Mustangs had a complete turn around from last week's rout by the Keota Lions in their inter-county 48-0 win against the Bokoshe Tigers Friday night in the District C-4 opener for both teams.
Last week, the Mustangs were riddled with injuries. This week, according to Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach, they came together as a team.
TALIHINA â€” It was a good home opener for the Talihina Golden Tigers football team Friday night at Doc Robinson Stadium as they clawed the Antlers Bearcats by a score of 41-0.
Talihina was pretty much in a mismatch as Antlers had only had 19 kids.
The Golden Tigers had 320 yards total offense, while Antlers managed less than 100 yards and had only two first downs.
SPIRO â€” After being down two touchdowns at intermission and having to wait for Friday night's rainstorm to pass through McClain Stadium, the Spiro Bulldogs had some fight left in them after halftime, pulling away for a 20-12 win in their home opener Friday night over the Muldrow Bulldogs.
HAILEYVILLE â€” The Pocola-Haileyville game may have been the only LeFlore County match-up that wasn't effected by the rain, but the flood gates were opened by the Indians in a 49-0 rout.
HEAVENER â€” Just a couple of big plays by the visiting Hartshorne Miners spoiled the home opener for the Heavener Wolves, who lost 28-21 Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
ROLAND â€” In last week's season opener, the Panama Razorbacks had a lead for the first half of their home opener against the Gore Pirates before losing 35-19.
This week was a totally different game as the Hogs suffered a 44-0 loss to the homestanding Roland Rangers Friday night. No more information was available.
BROKEN BOW â€” Last week, the Poteau Pirates freshmen football team grounded out and rushed for more than 300 yards against the McAlester Buffaloes. But their game had a lot of holes and gaps in it. Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, the Pirates worked hard to improve their passing play and their fullback play. Even though the Pirates did not have a rusher to crack the 100-yard plateau, their offensive effort was greatly improved as their passing game and fullback play improved by leaps and bounds.
McALESTER â€” The Pansy Kidd Middle School seventh-grade football team kept their record unblemished as the Raiders played to a 28-28 tie with the McAlester Buffaloes on a hot Thursday at Hook Eales Stadium. When action began, the temperature was hotter than 100 degrees.
However, the eighth-grade Raiders suffered a 46-21 loss to the Buffaloes.
First of all, let me say I'm sorry about the lateness of the Week 1 Gridiron Notes Column. My goal is to get it in either Wednesday's or Thursday's or Friday's edition. However, it will always run by no later than the Saturday edition after the previous week's game â€” like this is today.
I believe that it's more important to wait to make sure I have all the information I need for it and run it in a Saturday edition than to rush putting it in an earlier edition and leave someone out who is deserving of being part of the individual lists, which you will see below.