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October 2nd, 2014
The Spiro Bulldogs football team pass ed a big test last week, rallying to down the Roland Rangers 32-21 in the District 3A-8 opener last Friday night at McClain Stadium.
â€śWe made some adjustments at halftime,â€ť Spiro coach Chris Bunch said. â€śI was proud of the kids that they hooked up after being down at halftime. Some kids might have quit at that point, but ours didnâ€™t.â€ť
Now, itâ€™s another test, a road one, for Class 3Aâ€™s 10th-ranked â€™Dogs (4-0 overall, 1-0 in district play) as they will travel to meet the Eufaula Ironheads (3-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
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It will be a two-fold purpose served by Friday night's Pocola Indians football team's home game with the Antlers Bearcats at 7 p.m. at John Carter Field.
First off, it will be the District 2A-6 opener for the Indians, who was the lone team of the seven district teams to not play an opponent from 2A-6 last week. Pocola coach Rick Lang is glad his team will enter with the Indians' first win of the season â€” as they held on for a 28-26 victory over Warner last week.
The Panama Razorbacks will try to make a District 2A-6 statement for homecoming as they entertain the Hartshorne Miners for a crucial district game at 7 p.m. Friday at George Ollie Stadium.
The Razorbacks (3-1 overall, 1-0 in district play), tied for 16th in the Class 2A poll, are coming off a 14-12 road win over Antlers last week to begin District 2A-6 play. For the past six-plus quarters, the Hogs have allowed just 12 points â€” including pitching a shutout in the second half and in overtime on Sept. 19 at Warner in a 36-28 overtime victory after trailing 28-6 at halftime.
For the Bokoshe Tigers, they would like to get that first win of the season, and Friday night would be no better night to do so. The Tigers will try to celebrate homecoming by getting a win over the Cave Springs Hornets in a District C-4 game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium.
â€śThey still seem to be pretty upbeat,â€ť Bokoshe coach Bryan Murray said about his team's last two losses by the mercy rule â€” losing 46-0 to Destiny Christian and 54-0 to Sasakwa last week. â€śI would like to think that being homecoming would help us out this week.â€ť
The Heavener Wolves believe they let one slip away for the second straight week. After losing a lead in their road loss to Muldrow on Sept. 19, the Wolves had two third-quarter turnovers lead to 10 points for Eufaula as the Ironheads spoiled homecoming and the home opener for the Wolves in a 17-14 win last Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
â€śWe're going through growing pains,â€ť first-year Heavener coach Sam Hembree said. â€śWe're a handful of plays from being 3-1 instead of 1-3. We just have to figure things out. Once we do, I think we'll be pretty good.â€ť
The Poteau Pirates opened the season with tough losses to two higher-classification Arkansas schools, Alma and Van Buren. Since, the Pirates are on a two-game winning streak including last weekâ€™s 38-13 District 4A-4 opening win over Muldrow to celebrate homecoming.
Poteau senior linebacker/tight end Jacob Wiles said the Pirates are now beginning to click on all cyclinders.
â€śOffensively, weâ€™ve got a lot of the kinks worked out,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ve eliminated all the penalties, like the false starts and jumping offsides.â€ť
The Poteau Lady Pirates, the Heavener Lady Wolves and the Panama Lady Razorbacks played each other in a three-way on Tuesday in Panama.
The Lady Pirates fell to both teams, losing 9-8 to Heavener and 5-2 to Panama. In the first game of the trifecta, the Lady Wolves and the Lady Razorbacks played to a 6-all tie. All games were five-inning contests.
The Talihina Golden Tigers, ranked second in the Class A poll, will look to continue their winning ways Friday night as they travel to meet the Gore Pirates in a District A-6 contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Golden Tigers opened district play last Friday night with a 66-14 rout of Savanna at Doc Robinson Stadium.
The Arkoma Mustangs will try to end their three-game losing streak, and in the process win their first District B-4 contest, when they entertain the Keota Lions at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang Field.
The Mustangs (1-3 overall, 0-3 in district play) lost 58-12 to the Weleetka Outlaws last Friday night.
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District B-4 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Keota 3-0 4-0 +45
Dewar 3-0 4-0 +45
Caddo 2-1 2-2 +22
Weleetka2-1 2-2 +15
Wetumka 2-1 2-2 +8
Gans 2-1 2-2 +6
Canadian1-2 1-3 -22
Arkoma 0-3 1-3 -36
Haileyville 0-3 0-4 -38
Porum 0-3 0-4 -45
SALLISAW â€” The Poteau Bandit League football teams went 4-0 Saturday afternoon against Sallisaw at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.
The sixth-graders blanked Sallisaw 20-0, the fifth-grade team posted a 34-0 rout over Sallisaw, the fourth-graders shut out Sallisaw 40-0 and the third-grade squad handled Sallisaw 35-0.
The Bandit League teams will return to action this Saturday afternoon on the road against Greenwood [Ark.] Gray. The games will begin at 3 p.m., with the third-grade game first, followed by the fourth-grade contest, the fifth-grade game and the sixth-grade contest.