September 28th, 2013
VIAN â€” It was a rough start to the District 2A-6 season for the Pocola Indians on Friday night as they lost 59-0 to the homestanding Vian Wolverines.
SPIRO â€” Leading 17-14 with 1:18 left to play, Frankie Solomon and Trevon Mitchem combined to stop Stigler quarterback Seth Sandlin on fourth down at the Panthers' 42 and led the Spiro Bulldogs to a hard-fought District 3A-8 opening win.
Each team had the ball three times in the final quarter, but neither team scored.
TALIHINA â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers smashed the Quinton Savages in a 58-7 homecoming battle Friday night at Doc Robinson Stadium after opening the first quarter with a 28-point barrage.
â€śWe did pretty much what we needed to do" was how Panama coach Brandon Ellis summed up his team's 67-28 rout of Wilburton Diggers on Friday night in Wilburton.
LEFLORE â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team is one win away from a district title, but they had to do it the hard way to reach that point.
The Savages, facing elimination all day Friday, beat Panola 10-2 and the lone undefeated team in the Class B District Tournament, Buffalo Valley, 9-7 in the first title game to force this afternoon's winner-take-all championship game at noon today.
The Savages split their games on Thursday, beating Whitesboro 13-5 but losing to Buffalo Valley 7-4.
In Week 2, the two local 8-man teams, Arkoma and Bokoshe, began District C-4 play against each other.
With Friday night's games, the six 11-man teams started their real seasons, district play. Now, wins and losses as well as margins of wins and losses are extremely crucial.
I remember when I was at The Daily Ardmoreite, covering the Ardmore Tigers, it was the final game of the regular season as they faced Lawton MacArthur. The Tigers scored late to take a lead, and seeming the game.
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola
Pure Stock Race
1. Charlie Brummett, Mountainburg, Ark.; 2. David Church, Mountainburg; 3. Jesse Garner, Alma, Ark.; 4. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 5. Lowell Steward, Rudy, Ark.
Economy Modified Race
1. Billy Smith, Rogers, Ark.; 2. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith, Ark.; 3. Eric Beshoner, Fort Smith; 4. Todd Broyles, Farmington, Ark.; 5. Wade Barnes, Uniontown, Ark.; 6. Jason Childress, Bella Vista, Ark.
Factory Stock Race
Poteau 34, Sallisaw 9
Arkoma 81, Sasakwa 32
Spiro 17, Stigler 14
Talihina 58, Quinton 7
Panama 67, Wilburton 28
Webbers Falls 48, Bokoshe 0
Valliant 20, Heavener 16
Vian 59, Pocola 0
SALLISAW â€” In the post game huddle Friday night at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium, Poteau coach Greg Werner preached unity.
â€śWe need a big win, and I think this qualifies as a big win,â€ť he said. â€śLet's enjoy this until Monday, and get ready for next week.â€ť
The Pirates dominated this game right from the start and never relented as they won the game 34-9 to end a six-game losing streak to the Black Diamonds.
ARKOMA â€” One week after losing a heartbreaking 43-42 road game to the Maud Tigers, the Arkoma Mustangs returned home to the friendly confines of Mustang Field and took their frustrations out on the Sasakwa Vikings â€” and did so in a big way.
The Mustangs hung 81 points on the scoreboard in a 81-32 District C-4 victory over the Vikings on Friday night.