November 22nd, 2013
It is pretty much a consensus that Friday night's Class 4A state quarterfinal victory for the Poteau Pirates over the defending state champion Clinton Red Tornadoes is perhaps the biggest win the Pirates have ever had on the hallowed grounds of Costner Stadium. The Poteau Pirates in all reality dominated the Red Tornadoes. Poteau kicked a 20-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game for a 10-7 win to put the Pirates in the Final Four against the winner of today's Oologah-Oklahoma City Douglas winner in next week's state semifinals.
Class 4A State Quarterfinals
Poteau 10, Clinton 7
Class A Second Round
Talihina 46, Hominy 26
Class C Quarterfinals
Shattuck 62, Arkoma 14
Whitesboro 57, Indianola 16
Whitesboro 50, Indianola 12
By the Poteau Pirates football team winning District 4A-4 this season, it meant that there would be two home playoff games â€” assuming they would win the first one.
The Pirates won that first game, handling the Cleveland Tigers 48-7 last week at Costner Stadium.
â€śIt was a good night for us,â€ť Poteau coach Greg Werner said. â€śAnytime you enter the playoffs and win [a game] big, it's always awesome. It was a great night for our kids, coaches and our program to get a playoff win.â€ť
Then there were three. Last week, LeFlore County had five of its eight high school football teams make the playoffs. Three of them made it to tonight's second week of postseason play.
Poteau (Class 4A) and Arkoma (Class C) will each face perennial football powers tonight as the Pirates meet Clinton and the Mustangs face Shattuck. Both teams will seek a berth in next week's state semifinals.
The Talihina Golden Tigers will meet Hominy, which handed them a 58-12 loss in the Class A state semifinals in 1982 at Doc Robinson Stadium â€” which will be the site of tonight's second-round playoff game.
Leflore 85, Bokoshe 46
Wilburton 54, Panama 36
Leflore 47, Bokoshe 44, 2 OT
Wilburton 49, Panama 39
Green Valley Junior High Conference Tournament
Wister 28, Howe 27
Arkoma 39, Panama 38
Keota def. Cameron
Wister 40, Howe 33
Bokoshe 29, Keota 27
Cameron def. McCurtain
My fifth-grade Bandit League football team had a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside Atwood's. I went for a while to help the ladies set up, and keep an eye on my players.
After we got everything going, my wife, Jenny, wanted me to go look at some Christmas lights inside the store. I grabbed a bag of popcorn and a few roasted peanuts on my way out â€” I mean, life is good.
Poteau High School football coach Greg Werner talks to the Poteau Rotary Club and its guest on Wednesday at the Pirates winning season. Werner made his remarks at the clubâ€™s meeting Wednesday at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. Werner said the team has done a great job this year, winning the first round of the football championship on Friday against Cleveland. He said the team faces the Clinton Red Tornadoes this week.
PDN photo by Robert Shearon
Katie Morris an employee of the Days Inn & Suites in Poteau has just been honored with the Days Inn-Wyndham Worldwide SHINE award.
The SHINE (Special Hospitality Initiative Notable Employee) Award is given to one employee per state based on customer service.
The Award Winning Days Inn & Suites and its team have won the SHINE Award every year since they opened in 2002, an eleven year winning streak.