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September 23rd, 2011
The Poteau Pirates are trying to forget about last week's 31-16 loss to the Gravette (Ark.) Lions. In fact, Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles believes the defeat has acted as a wake-up call.
Yes, the Arkoma Mustangs are undefeated at 3-0, and ranked seventh in the Class C Poll. Yes, they won 26-18 over Southwest Christian Academy last week in Norman. But they may not have played their best football game in that win.
Thus, last week's game may have been a wake-up call of sorts for the Mustangs.
â€śI really think it was frustation at the way they played,â€ť Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton said. â€śThey were disappointed with their effort and their execution on offense and defense.â€ť
A true-scrimmage like contest will take place for the Bokoshe Tigers tonight as they welcome Eagle Point Christian Academy to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in a non-District C-4 contest.
The Tigers (0-3) are trying to get Tyler Massey his first win as their new coach.
The Heavener Wolves are 1-2 after three games, losing their last game 50-0 last Friday night on the road against Paris, Ark.
â€śThey were way too much for us,â€ť Heavener Coach John Thompson said. â€śIt was a non-district game. You want to win every game, but it's not something that counts (toward district standings). They were a very good ball club. They're ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in Arkansas. They were very good. Our kids knew that. The good thing was we came out of the game healthy.â€ť
The Panama Razorbacks will hope to end a 13-game losing streak, and in the process make it a Happy Homecoming for everybody, when they entertain the Wilburton Diggers in the District 2A-6 opener at 7:30 p.m. tonight at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śWe're excited,â€ť first-year Panama Coach Brandon Ellis said. â€śThe kids are excited. Being homecoming week, it's been a short week, anyway. I hope we overlook homecoming as a distraction, and start getting ready for Wilburton.â€ť
The Pocola Indians are on a six-game winning streak, dating back to Week 8 of last season. They won last week 15-14 in come-from-behind fashion to down the Quinton Savages. It was a game Pocola Coach Rick Lang described as a â€śstatement win.â€ť
â€śThese kids made the plays to win the game when they needed to,â€ť Lang said. â€śWe had injuries, adversity and everything thrown at us for four quarters. We won the game in the fourth quarter, and our kids made the plays. Our kids wanted it. It was a statement win. We're 3-0, and I think our kids wanted to be 3-0 going into the Vian game.â€ť
With the quirk among schedules for District 2A-6, each team is guaranteed four non-district games.
The luck for the Talihina Golden Tigers is they get to get another non-district game under their belts before entering district play. They will play that last non-District 2A-6 contest at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Antlers.
With Week 4's arrival, most of the LeFlore County teams are now entering district play. The only exception is Talihina, which won't do so until next week. Bokoshe is playing non-district foe Eagle Point Christian Academy, but has played two District C-4 games among its first three games this season.
Poteau will be in its District 4A-4 opener with Hilldale at Costner Stadium, while Spiro will get District 3A-8 play started with a road game at Idabel.
When the Poteau Pirates open District 4A-4 play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Costner Stadium against the Hilldale Hornets, fans are being asked to wear red to have a â€śRed Outâ€ť affect on the visitors. Senior linebacker Marshall Jones believe such a spirit booster does just that.