In the life of 8-man football, normally the season opener is about the only tune-up before district play begins. Such was the case for the Bokoshe Tigers and the Arkoma Mustangs.
Both county teams played their lone non-district game before District C-4 begins this week, and against each other no less as the LeFlore County 8-Man Rivaly is renewed.
It was about as perfect a season opener as one could hope for the Panama Razorbacks on Thursday night in their 34-0 win over the Gore Pirates at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śThe thing we stressed is that it was a very clean game for us,â€ť Panama coach Brandon Ellis said.
â€śWe only had two penalties, and they were late in the game. We worked on some things in that game that we needed to work on.â€ť
However, that was then, and the Roland Rangers are now as the Sequoyah County visitors come to George Ollie Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. Friday kickoff.
Do the Oklahoma Sooners have a quarterback controversy? Trevor Knight started and won his second straight game, but he failed to convert when the Sooners twice got deep in the red zone. However, the fickled Sooner fans at E.K. Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium began to yell, â€śWe want Bell!â€ť
Well, they got him, and he fared no better, even though the Sooners were in an ultra-slow motion offensive style of play with a nine-point advantage.
Do the true Sooner fans remember that Bell personally lost the Kansas State game as he fumbled the ball twice?
The Poteau High School junior varsity and freshmen football teams split their home games with Broken Bow on Monday night at Costner Stadium.
The JV blanked the Savages 22-0, but the Savages took the freshmen game 28-8.
The JV Pirates will return to action at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Costner Stadium against Muldrow, while the freshmen will be idle until 7 p.m. Sept. 19 when they visit Van Buren, Ark.
GREENWOOD, Ark. â€” It was a rough start to the 2013 Bandit League season for the Poteau teams on Saturday as the host Greenwood Gray teams took three of the four games played.
Only the sixth-grade team posted a victory on the day, posting a 39-0 win. The fourth- and third-grade teams each lost 12-7 decisions, while the fifth-graders fell 6-0.
The teams will have their home openers next Saturday against Van Buren, Ark., beginning at noon at Costner Stadium. The third-grade game will be first, followed by the fourth-grade game, fifth-grade contest and the sixth-grade game.
PANOLA â€” The LeFlore Savages baseball team fell behind early, but ended up routing the Panola Bearcats 20-1 in four innings Monday afternon.
Trailing 1-0 after an inning, the Savages scored 10 runs in the second inning and five more in each of the next two innings.
Wister 18, McCurtain 3: In McCurtain, the Wildcats jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team used big innings to down the opposition in Monday's home three-way with the Spiro Lady Bulldogs (16-0) and the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds (11-1).
The Lady Bulldogs lost the middle game 13-2 to the Lady Black Diamonds.
ARKOMA â€” A three-run seventh inning broke a 1-all tie to lead the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets to a 4-1 win over the Arkoma Mustangs on Monday afternoon.
Each team scored once in the third inning.
Heavener 9, Howe 1: In Howe, the Lady Wolves scored three runs in the first inning to take the lead for good.
Pocola 6, Muldrow 4: In Pocola, the Lady Indians used home runs by Taylor Farley and Sarah Eddins to down the Lady Bulldogs.
With the game tied at 3, Pocola scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-3 lead.
The seeding pretty much held true Monday night as the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament got under way at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
Spiro, Heavener and Wister â€” the three teams that got opening-round byes â€” all won, as did Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School.
The Lady Bulldogs downed Cameron, while Heavener beat Panama and Wister knocked off Talihina.
Pansy Kidd Middle School's team had to get two wins to make it to the semifinals, defeating Arkoma and Pocola.
It's almost here, LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament Week. The annual event will begin Monday at Panama, due to the Poteau Area Recreational Complex not being available.
The bracket of this year's tournament will be in Saturday's edition.