It has been a while since it happened, but Heavener and Poteau met Friday night on the turf at Costner Stadium. This rivalry used to be a staple in LeFlore County, and was just about as even its all-time record will testify. Poteau held a two-win margin over Heavener. The Wolves held the early series edge, but the Pirates ran off 10 wins as the series wained.
The format of the scrimmage was each teams would run a dozen plays. On defense, blitzes were not allowed.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians had their first football scrimmage of the young 2013 season Friday night at John Carter Field, hosting the Gore Pirates.
The junior varsity started the scrimmage with each team running 10 plays each, alternating offense and defense three times. Later, the varsity added some down-and-distance situations which led to some big plays for the Indians.
The Indian defense held the Pirates to 17 yards in the firstÂ seven plays of varsity. Senior linebacker Garrett HowardÂ recorded a sack on the next play for a 2-yard loss.
ARKOMA â€” Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton figured his Mustangs' defensive unit would have a good game, and it did in Friday night's scrimmage against Porum at Mustang Field. However, the offensive unit did not perform as well as he thought it would.
The Panthers scored only once on the Mustangs.
â€śDefensively, I thought we were pretty good,â€ť Weatherton said. â€śWe were a little inconsistent at linebacker. Our defense really had a better game than our offense did.â€ť
PANAMA â€” For the most part, the Panama Razorbacks' outing in their first football scrimmage of the 2013 preseason, a home one Friday night at George Ollie Stadium against Savanna, was pleasing to third-year coach Brandon Ellis.
â€śI thought we got out of it what we wanted to,â€ť he said. â€śWe stayed healthy.â€ť
The Hogs scored three times, all on long scoring runs by three different people. Ryan Shirey took it to the house from 60 yards out, while Donald Lotchleas and Andy Burris each had TD scampers of 70 yards.
SPIRO â€” It was a battle of the Bulldogs on Thursday night at McClain stadium as Spiro took on Okmulgee in a preseason scrimmage.
Both teams ran 10 to 12 plays against each other, alternating possessions. Later, the teams played a shortened quarter, bringing in downs and distance and some uncontested kicking game duties.
Okmulgee took the first possession. Out of 10 plays, Spiro's defense held the visitors to justÂ two gains of positive yardage, recording four incompletions and a sack by Frankie Solomon.
VALLIANT â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers football team traveled a long way to Valliant to still find it has some more work to do to get ready for next month's season opener.
The Golden Tigers were sluggish to start, and played good defense until the offense got started.
Overall, the coaches were pleased with the effort, but the scrimmage showed some things that they need to work on next week as they prepare for the Golden Tigers' next scrimmage against Vian on Friday night at Doc Robinson Stadium.
The Poteau High School cross country runners will begin their season at Monday's Haworth Invitational.
The Pirates return three state qualifiers from a season ago. Dylan Fox was 56th (18:36.5), Ashby Clark was 71st (19:04.53) and Bobby Graham was 94th (21:08.17) at last year's Class 4A State Meet, where they were 14th as a team.
The Lady Pirates return five of their state-meet runners from 2012, in which they were ninth.
Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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There will be age 8-, 10- and 12-and-younger softball leagues at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex this fall.
The entry fee is $250 for 8- and 10-and-younger teams, while the entry fee is $300 for the 12-and-younger teams.
The Cameron Yellowjackets and the Wister Wildcats found themselves in the winner's-bracket finals of the 18th annual Carl Albert State College Classic on Friday.
The â€™Jackets blanked the Howe Lions 10-0 Thursday night at Cameron, while the â€™Cats also posted a shutout â€” 8-0 over the Kiowa Cowboys on Thursday afternoon at CASC's Ival Goodman Field.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs got their first win of the season Thursday night to open their own tournament, but they had to do it the hard way.
Down two runs, a 10-run sixth inning propeled them to a 19-11 come-from-behind slugfested win over the Panola Bearcats in the Whitesboro Tournament.
The Bulldogs (1-3), coached by Bryan Cartwright, faced Boswell, coached by his brother, Alan, in the semifinals, with the winner playing the Buffalo Valley-Battiest winner for the tournament title at 4 this afternoon. The losers will play for third place at 2 this afternoon.