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October 17th, 2012
POCOLA â€” Last week, the Pocola Indians suffered a 40-0 loss to the Hartshorne Miners. While the game did not eliminate the Indians from the playoff hunt in Class 2A, they are in must-win situations tonight and next week.
The Indians (4-3 overall, 2-2 in District 2A-6) will need to win Thursday night against Antlers and next week in their rivalry game at Panama to get at least third place in the district â€” and a playoff berth. Tonight's game with the Bearcats will begin at 7:30 p.m. at John Carter Field.
While the 2012 high school football playoffs do not begin until Nov. 9, they might as well begin tonight for the Heavener Wolves football team.
The Wolves are in a must-win situation Thursday night when they travel to meet the Stigler Panthers at 7:30 p.m. for a crucial District 3A-8 contest.
The Wolves (3-4 overall, 1-3 in district play) are on a three-game losing streak after losing 45-28 to the Spiro Bulldogs on Friday night at McClain Stadium. Heavener pretty much needs to win out to make sure the Wolves are in the playoff hunt.
Youth season starts on Friday, and I have several area youths that will go with my family as I to try get a shot at a whitetail deer. We will camp for several days. Hopefully, we will have some pictures and stories to share with everyone in my column next week.
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It's hard to come to the realization that things are about to end. Take a football career, for instance. Players such as Troy Aikman, Phil Simms and Chris Collinsworth, who are now National Football League analysts, probably hated to have to hang up their uniforms after their NFL careers ended.
One Poteau Pirate senior player probably knows that feeling. Senior defensive lineman Zack Hall is ready to end his prep career on a high note, which would be making the playoffs.
VAN BUREN, Ark. â€” The Poteau Bandit Football League teams went 3-1 against Van Buren Black last Saturday.
The sixth-grade (30-22), fifth-grade (24-14) and fourth-grade teams (26-14) all posted wins over Van Buren Black, but the third-graders lost 26-12.
The Poteau teams will return to action next Saturday with road games against Greenwood (Ark.) White, with games beginning at 10 a.m. with the third-grade game first followed by the fourth-grade contest, the fifth-grade game and the sixth-grade contest.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” The Poteau High School cross-country runners participated in their regular-season finale meet Saturday as they ran in the Chile Pepper/University of Arkansas Invitational.
The Lady Pirates had seven of the 410 total runners in the field in the varsity girls' race. Deven Bond had led the way as she was 175th with a time of 21:53. Colleen Peterson was 271st (23:21), Sheridan Hoyer was 275th (23:25), Tabitha Waldrop was 353rd (25:35), Shandee Staton was 362nd (26:06), Sonja Guerrero was 383rd (27:20) and Haley Clark was 395th (28:26).
The Arkoma Mustangs will get a shot at District C-4's top football team when they entertain the Thackerville Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mustang Field.
The Mustangs (3-4 overall, 2-3 in district play) are on a two-game winning streak. Two weeks ago, they celebrated homecoming with a 44-36 dramatic win over Midway, then routed Eagle Point Academy 46-16 Friday night in Tulsa.
If the Talihina Golden Tigers football team's season was a television series, the climax is about to begin.
The Golden Tigers (7-0 overall, 3-0 in District A-6) will begin the stretch drive toward what they hope is a district title when they entertain the Haileyville Warriors (0-6, 0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Doc Robinson Stadium.
â€śWe're in the driver's seat,â€ť said Kelly Gravitt, Talihina's coach. â€śAll we have to to is win and take care of business, and we're district champs.â€ť
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District A-6 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Talihina 3-0 7-0 +45
Gore 3-1 5-2 +17
The closing line of the opening to the epic television series â€śStar Trekâ€ť says, â€ś... to boldly go where no man has gone before.â€ť That can also be used to describe the Panama Razorbacks football team right now.
The Hogs won their second straight game last week with a 34-6 home win over the Quinton Savages Friday night at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śIt's the best I've seen us play in the two years I've been here,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's coach. â€śEverything clicked. The biggest improvement I saw last week was our offensive line in the way we hooked up with our blocks.â€ť