TALIHINA â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers got to the Class A state semifinals a season ago before losing to Ringling. They showed Friday night at Doc Robinson Stadium theyâ€™re poised to make such a run this postseason as they routed the Quapaw Wildcats 58-0 in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Golden Tigers (10-0) will entertain some more Wildcats, Class A's 10th-ranked Morrison Wildcats, at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in a second-round playoff match-up.
CHANDLER â€” The third time was the charm for the Panama Razorbacks in their Class 2A playoff opener Friday night on the road against the Chandler Lions as they prevailed 35-21.
The Razorbacks (8-3) will meet the No. 2 Adair Warriors in another road playoff game at 7:30 p.m. next Friday night.
LOCUST GROVE â€” The Locust Grove Pirates showed the Spiro Bulldogs why theyâ€™re the No. 1 team in Class 3A in Friday nightâ€™s playoff opener.
Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine threw four touchdown passes, three in the first half alone, as the Pirates blanked the â€™Dogs 48-0.
When the Poteau Pirates and the Oologah Mustangs met eight years ago in the playoffs, the Mustangs built up a 35-0 lead at halftime, only to see the Pirates come back and win in overtime.
When the two teams met Friday night in the Class 4A playoff opener in Oologah, the Mustangs led 28-0 at the break, but on this night Poteauâ€™s lack of depth hurt them. So, too, did quarterback Ben Kluttsâ€™ leg injury as the Pirates saw their season end in a 42-0 loss.
WHITESBORO â€” A strong third quarter broke open a close game as the Red Oak Eagles handed the Whitesboro Bulldogs their first loss of the season with a 59-48 victory Thursday night at Steve Linker Gymnasium.
With the game tied at 11 with 7:21 left before halftime, the Eagles went on a 7-0 run to take an 18-11 lead with 5:03 left in the first half en route to a 23-20 halftime lead.
Red Oak pulled away from Whitesboro in the third quarter, outscoring them 21-11 in the period to take a 44-31 lead into the final quarter.
WHITESBORO â€” The Red Oak Lady Eagles remained undefeated in the season as they flew past the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs 76-36 Thursday night at Steve Linker Gymnasium.
The Lady Eagles raced out to a 25-4 lead after a period and were never headed.
Leflore 64, McCurtain 44: In McCurtain, the Lady Savages kept their perfect record intact so far this season, but it didn't come easy Thursday night.
With the game tied at 26-all at halftime, Leflore outscored McCurtain 23-7 in the third quarter to take a 49-33 lead into the final period.
At this time last season, the Poteau Pirates were celebrating being the top seed of District 4A-4 and having what ended up being two home playoff games en route to the state championship game against the Anadarko Warriors.
While thereâ€™s no top seed for the Pirates or a home playoff game this season, they can still get to the Class 4A state title contest. The march to that game begins at 7:30 tonight on the road against the Oologah Mustangs.
There are some great football players who have not tasted the top prize, like Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino or Dan Fouts to have ever won a Super Bowl. Spiro senior quarterback McKinley Whitfield would like to at least say in his high school career that he got past the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
â€śI havenâ€™t gotten past the first round of the playoffs,â€ť Whitfield said. â€śTo just get past the first round, and get to the second and third rounds would be a big honor for me. It would mean everything for me.â€ť
Most everyone has dreams that they hope will become reality. Spiro Lady Bulldog softball player Megan Shaw is no different. The senior infielder made her dream become reality when she signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Lousiana-Monroe in a signing ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Spiro Multipurpose Gym.
â€śIt's hard to describe,â€ť Shaw said. â€śI'm really excited. This is one of my biggest dreams since I've been little.â€ť
Howard Cagle of Gilmore likes to sit out on his back deck in the early morning, have a cup of coffee and sit by the fire in the evenings.
A couple of months ago, he was sitting on his back deck one morning when a skunk slid out from the bottom of the fence of his chicken coop with a chicken egg. He couldnâ€™t believe it because heâ€™s got his coop locked up as tight as Fort Knox. He loves fresh eggs and canâ€™t â€” and wonâ€™t â€” put up with â€śPepe LePewâ€ť stealing them.
Save the world, recycle.
God bless our troops and our veterans.
Go Pirates, beat Oologah in Friday nightâ€™s playoff game.