The Poteau Pirates freshmen football team had its stiffest test, or so it was appearing to be, Tuesday night at Costner Stadium when the Vian Wolverines came to town. While the Wolverines were trying to hand this bunch their first-ever loss, the Pirates had other ideas.
Even with freshman, and current varsity, running back Roger Barcheers in street clothes on the sideline, the Pirates did not miss a beat as they routed the Wolverines 41-6.
Although the high school football playoffs will not start until Nov. 9, for all intents and purposes they have now started for the Arkoma Mustangs (1-4, 1-3 in District C-4).
â€śThe playoffs have started for us,â€ť said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. â€śWe need to win or we're probably done.â€ť
The Mustangs lost their third straight district game last Friday night at Mustang Field, falling 53-8 to Southwest Covenant.
The Heavener Wolves football team was in perhaps the best game from a fan's perspective so far this season. The Wolves ended up being in a shootout last Friday night on the road against the Roland Rangers, who ended up prevailing 40-32.
â€śOffensively, we played pretty well,â€ť said Carl Lee, Heavener's first-year coach. â€śDefensively, we struggled a bit at times in our secondary. From a fan's standpoint, it was an pretty exciting game. From a coach's standpoint, it was a game in which I was trying to not get a heart attack.â€ť
If ever there was a golden opportunity to get a victory during this 2012 football season, Friday night may be the night for the Panama Razorbacks.
The Hogs (0-5, 0-2 in District 2A-6) will travel to meet the Antlers Bearcats (0-5, 0-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
â€śWe don't want to overlook things, but we like our chances as compared to other weeks,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year coach. â€śIt's a winnable game for us, if we do things right.â€ť
It took two hunts and three shots, but I drew first blood on the second day of archery season. The deer was not a trophy one, but it was to me because I took it with a bow.
On day one, Dan Carter and I headed out to our little hunting spot in the evening time to try out luck. Dan bowhunts out of a lawn chair, and he always sees and shoots at deer which is amazing to me. He had an encounter with a fawn on the first evening just before dark but did not get a shot off after a-10-minute standoff due to lack of daylight.
In the 2011 fast-pitch softball season, the Poteau Lady Pirates were the host team for a Class 4A Regional Tournament. They ended up losing in the championship round to see their season end. For almost a year, that feeling has not been forgotten by the Lady Pirates.
â€śIt gave us drive and want-to to not have it end like it did last year,â€ť senior right fielder Gabba Wilson said. â€śWe had run ruled them, then they beat us (in the regional title game) and that upset us. We're determined that it's not going to happen this year.â€ť
PANAMA â€” In the 1970s, one of the most popular situation comedies was â€śAll in the Family.â€ť
While there's no sit-com in this LeFlore County community, there is a family connection with the Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team.
Three players â€” senior pitcher Taylor Eaves, sophomore catcher Kendra Swindle and junior shortstop Stephanie Barcheers â€” get the honor of playing for their uncle, Panama's coach Grant Ralls.
It was a Saturday of Bandit League football at a rainy Costner Stadium in which both Poteau and Union Christian Academy, Ark., could be pleased as each side won a pair of games.
Poteau took the fifth-grade (22-6) and third-grade games (12-0), while UCA won the sixth-grade (40-0) and the fourth-grade contests (22-14).
The Poteau Bandit League teams will hit the road this Saturday to meet the Greenwood (Ark.) Blue teams. Games will begin at 10 a.m., with the third-grade contest. That will be followed by the fourth-grade game, the fifth-grade contest and the sixth-grade game.