September 29th, 2012
HUGO â€” The Pocola Indians football team bounced back from its District 2A-6 opening loss last week against Vian, but it didn't come easy.
After being down in the first quarter, the Indians rallied to force overtime, then Devon Martin's touchdown run in the extra period helped Pocola outlast the Hugo Buffaloes 39-38 in overtime Friday night.
ARKOMA â€” The Arkoma Mustangs got off to a bad start Friday night and never got back on track falling to the Southwest Covenant Patriots 53-8 in District C-4 action at Mustang Field.
COUNCIL HILL â€” In a battle of teams seeking not only their first football win overall in 2012 but their first District C-4 victory, the Midway Chargers downed the Bokoshe Tigers 52-6 Friday night.
ROLAND â€” The Heavener Wolves lost a heartbreaker to the Roland Rangers by a score of 40-32 Friday night, despite Blake Smittle's 200-plus rushing yards and two-touchdown performance.
HARTSHORNE â€” The Panama Razorbacks will have to wait another week to try to get their first win of the 2012 football season.
The homestanding Harsthorne Miners handled the Hogs by a score of 41-7 Friday night in District 2A-6 action.
SALLISAW â€” The Poteau Pirates freshmen football team jumped on the Sallisaw Black Diamonds early, and appeared to be in cruise control. Sallisaw got to within two points of the Pirates, but then the Pirates got great plays on the defensive side of the ball to set up Austin Archey on a 70-yard romp for a touchdown as they posted a 21-12 win over the Black Diamonds Thursday night at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.
While I'll get to the usual â€śmeat and potatoesâ€ť of this weekly column in a bit, I need to share my thoughts about my fellow church member, brother Eddie Epstein.
I found out Wednesday night at prayer meeting at my church, Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, that brother Eddie was diagnosed with cancer.
Not even a rain shower on Thursday could keep the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team from winning another district championship.
After having Game 1 of the Class 4A District Tournament suspended by Thursday afternoon's rain showers, the contest resumed Friday afternoon. The Lady Pirates ended up not only getting one run-rule win, but two. Poteau took the opener 10-0 in four innings, followed by a 12-0 three-inning victory in Game 2 to win the district title.
The Lady Pirates (29-7) will find out on Monday who, where and when they will play in the Class 4A Regional Tournament.
KETCHUM â€” An old adage says that there's nothing like doing it the hard way. The Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team did just that Friday afternoon at the Class 2A Regional Tournament.
After losing their first playoff game of the 2012 fast-pitch season 6-0 to the Wyandotte Lady Bears in the first championship game, the Lady â€™Backs responded by capturing the winner-take-all game 3-1 over the Lady Bears to win the regional â€” and return to state with a chance to defend their state championship.
RATTAN â€” Things perhaps looked as gloomy as the cloudy Friday afternoon for the Wister Wildcats baseball team as it was trying to make it to its sixth straight state tournament, dating back to the spring of 2010.
The â€™Cats lost the Class A Regional Tournament title game 11-0 to the host Rattan Rams Friday afternoon, and were staring a possible state-tournament streak ending when they faced the Tushka Tigers in the consolation championship for another berth in next week's Class A State Tournament. Lo and behold, a senior stepped up to make sure the streak stayed alive.