October 12th, 2012
As most of you reader know, during the high school football season, the Saturday morning editions are held so we can get the high school football games' stories into that edition.
Next week is Fall Break, and all the games will be played on Thursday night. In my first two years as sports editor of The Poteau Daily News, the decision was made to not hold Friday morning's edition for the games' stories, but wait and publish them on that Saturday's edition.
TULSA â€” Alex Singleton tied a school record with two rushing touchdowns and Tulsa broke things open with a 20-point third explosion en route to a 33-11 victory over Texas-El Paso Thursday night in Conference USA action at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Singleton, who now has 32 career rushing TDs, ran for 96 yards on 21 carries. His scores covered 1 and 10 yards.
Jaâ€™Tarian Douglass was TUâ€™s top rusher with 128 yards on 13 handoffs, with most of the yardage coming on an 81-yard TD run that gave Tulsa a comfortable lead in the third quarter.
Owen â€śDarrellâ€ť Harrison, 54, of Panama died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born Jan. 18, 1958 in Tulsa to Owen D. and Mary Louise (Pierce) Harrison.
He was a driver for Warren Cat. Darrell will be remembered most for his faith and love for his Lord Jesus Christ and the love he had for his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by a sister Karen Francis.
Melvin Ray Roberts, 59, of Van Buren, Ark., died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Van Buren.Â He was born Oct. 4, 1953, in Poteau to Willie and Vera (Godwin) Roberts.Â He was a carpenter.Â He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Weldon and Bob Roberts.Â
Jacob Ulmon Hollan, 22, of Konawa, formerly of the Summerfield / Reichert area, died Thursday, Oct. 12, at Konawa. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Leflore School gymnasium. Burial will be in Summerfield Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
LaVerne Ward, 78, of Poteau died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. LaVerne was born Dec. 27, 1933, in Haywood to Earnest Daniel and Mable L. (Pollard) Gray.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hezzy Ronald â€śBoâ€ť Ward and sister, Earlene Brannon. She was a homemaker. LaVerne was a member of the Pleasant Valley Free Will Baptist Church for over 45 years. She loved gardening and reading. She loved her church and her family and fellowshipping with them all.
Earlier this season, the Arkansas Razorbacks had a shot at No. 1 Alabama. Tonight, the Poteau Pirates will get that opportunity.
The Pirates (4-2, 1-2 in District 4A-4 play) will travel to meet the top-ranked Tulsa Cascia Hall Commandos (6-0, 3-0) at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
â€śWe're excited about the game,â€ť said Greg Werner, Poteau's first-year coach. â€śThere's one of two ways you can take it. You can say, 'Oh, no, it's here,' or you can get excited about the chance to play them. We're excited to get this chance.â€ť
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District 4A-4 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Fort Gibson 3-0 6-0 +45
It may not be the high school football postseason yet, but it will likely feel like it tonight at Spiro's McClain Stadium.
The Heavener Wolves will visit the Spiro Bulldogs for a crucial District 3A-8 contest, beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
The Wolves (3-3 overall, 1-2 in district play) are coming off a tough loss to the Checotah Wildcats, falling 48-18 last Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
It will be a big District 2A-6 showdown at 7:30 p.m. tonight when the Pocola Indians come calling on the Hartshorne Miners. The winner will take a stronghold on second place in the district.