October 16th, 2013
The Poteau Pirates football team jumped over one more hurdle last week amid the journey of the 2013 season. The Pirates got a big road win over the Fort Gibson Tigers, winning 42-28 Friday night.
â€śFort Gibson is the big win,â€ť Poteau coach Greg Werner said. â€śThey were picked to win our district, and they've been ranked really high all year. That was a big one for us. It was a big hurdle. Those have been two big wins for us â€” Sallisaw and Fort Gibson. Those were really big wins for our program. We just want to keep things on a roll.â€ť
Two weeks ago, the Heavener Wolves played their first home football game of the season, getting past Roland 20-14 in overtime. The game was to have been their homecoming game, but since a lot of the ladies were trying to help the Lady Wolves softball team win the Class 3A Regional Tournament at Oktaha, homecoming festivities were moved to Thursday night's home game with the Spiro Bulldogs.
â€śWe're going to see if we can win our second homecoming game,â€ť Heavener coach Carl Lee said. â€śWe won the first game. If we do that, I think we'll call every game homecoming.â€ť
Two weeks ago, the Panama Razorbacks suffered a rough 34-0 loss to Hartshorne, but bounced back last week with a 40-22 homecoming win over Antlers at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śIt was a huge game for us,â€ť Panama coach Brandon Ellis said. â€śThe kids played really well. There's always distractions with homecoming, but the kids were focused. They knew what the task at hand was, and they handled things well.â€ť
The Razorbacks (4-2) will step out of District 2A-6 play to play a road game against the Quinton Savages (3-3) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Several events planned this weekend to benefit a local business owner Coopy White were muted somewhat by news of his death Tuesday, but will go on as planned in tribute to his legacy, organizers said Wednesday.
White, 62, died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he had been since Oct 7. White was critically injured in a fall at his home two days earlier. Proceeds from the event will be used to help the family defray expenses.
He owned and operated Coopyâ€™s Body Shop in Poteau for 23 years. Before that he owned Poteau Paint and Body shop at Pleasant Valley and Broadway.
The home finales for the Poteau Bandit League football teams were 75 percent successful against Union Christian Academy of Fort Smith on Saturday at Costner Stadium.
The locals went 3-1 on the day, with the sixth-grade (24-20), fourth-grade (30-0) and third-grade teams (32-0) all wininng, but Union Christian took the fifth-grade game 22-0.
It was quite a night Friday night for the Bokoshe Tigers as they won their first game of 2013 when they routed the Boulevard Christian Patriots 54-6 at Hatbox Sports Complex in Muskogee.
â€śEverything went well,â€ť Bokoshe coach Bryan Murray said. â€śThe kids were pleased. I was pleased with the way we played. We really didn't play that badly the week before [against Midway]. We just turned the ball over, but it all came together for us Friday night. However, this week, Thackerville is a whole different monster. They're a senior team with 19 players on the roster, with 12 seniors.â€ť
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team continues to claw its way to wins, with the latest one being a 47-14 win over Sallisaw-Central last week.
â€śDefensively, we payed better than we played all year,â€ť Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt said. â€śThe kids were on cue and were fast to the ball. Everybody played assignment football. On offense, we were a bit sluggish on our first possession as [Sallisaw-Central] coach [Jeremy] Thompson was showing us a lot of defensive packages. But after that first drive, they got jacked up and were better.â€ť
Poteau second-year coach Greg Werner called last week's road game at Fort Gibson â€ś ... for every kid playing for us that this is biggest football game they will have ever played in.â€ť The Pirates played as such, pulling out a 42-28 victory over the Tigers.
â€śIt was pretty big,â€ť senior tailback/linebacker Cord Lawrence said about the victory. â€śIt was really great that we won. It was a tough game. It has set us up for something big.â€ť
BROKEN BOW â€” The Poteau Pirates freshmen football team came up a bit short against the Broken Bow Savages, losing 14-12 Monday night at Memorial Stadium.
There was no junior varsity game, and Tuesday's Pansy Kidd Middle School games were canceled at Costner Stadium due to field conditions â€” namely to keep the field as playable as possible for Thursday night's District 4A-4 showdown with Tulsa Cascia Hall.
â€śThis is the second time in 25 years that I've canceled junior high games,â€ť Poteau coach Greg Werner said.
CLAREMORE â€” Three Poteau High School cross country runners placed in the top 15 in their respective race at Thursday's Claremore Invitational.
In the girls race, Deven Bond was fifth (12:55), while Haley Griggs was 12th (13:18). Kayle Dryer was 34th (14:15), Kaitlan Standridge 38th (14:34), Brittany Fox 41st (14:37), Sheridan Hoyer 49th (15:04) and Bailee Bates 52nd (15:11).
As a team, the Lady Pirates were fourth with 130 points, finishing behind team champion Owasso (54 points), Collinsville (86) and host Claremore (124).