One big road test down, one more coming tonight for the Poteau Pirates.
The Pirates (1-0), who opened the season last Friday night with a 28-21 road win over the Durant Lions, will have an even bigger test when they travel to meet the Van Buren (Ark.) Pointers at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
â€śEverything about them concerns us,â€ť said Greg Werner, Poteau's new football coach.
BOKOSHE â€” The Arkoma Mustangs and the Bokoshe Tigers will renew not only their LeFlore County 8-man rivalry at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Bokoshe, they will begin the 2012 District C-4 season.
Both teams enter tonight's game from different situations. The homestanding Tigers (0-1) lost 48-34 to the Oaks Warriors last Friday night in their home opener, in what was their truly first game-like situation of the season. Tyler Massey, Bokoshe's second-year coach, said he can tell his team is further along than at this point a season ago.
One thing is for sure, the Bulldogs will win tonight's game at McClain Stadium. The Spiro Bulldogs will entertain the Muldrow Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Spiro's home opener.
While being home will hopefully give Spiro (0-1) an edge, it still comes down to executing plays on the field.
â€śNo matter where you play, you have to go play ball,â€ť said Chris Bunch, Spiro's coach. â€śYou can have the home-field advantage, but you still have to go play. You still have to go block and tackle.â€ť
Last week, the Pocola Indians saw a plethora of passes against Tulsa Regent Prep, but this week they will likely see just the opposite when they travel to meet the Haileyville Warriors at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
CAMERON â€” The Arkoma Lady Mustangs and the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets split Tuesday afternoon's Green Valley Conference softball doubleheader. The Lady Mustangs beat the Lady â€™Jackets 5-4 in eight innings in the opener, but Cameron doubled up Arkoma 6-3 in the nightcap.
We took our boys up to Tower Drive-In Wednesday night for the first National Football League game of the year, the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants. When the game came on the big screen, the 1989 version of â€śAre You Ready for Some Football?â€ť by Hank Williams, Jr. was played Boy, that brought back a lot of memories, and it was good to hear ol' Hank again. The picture was so clear, and we had Poteau's fantasy guru, Cody â€śAceâ€ť Repass giving us the play-by-play with updates.
HOWE â€” Mother Nature has once again intervened in the Howe Wood Bat Classic.
After the first game of Thursday's slate of action, rain and threatening weather canceled the final three games of the tournament.
There will be six games on Friday beginning at 10 a.m.
The one game which did take place on Thursday saw the Cameron Yellowjackets rally to down the Howe Lions 10-7.
The three games which were postponed on Thursday â€” Leflore vs. Whitesboro, Wister vs. Clayton and Smithville vs. McCurtain â€” will be played at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., respectively, today.
When Broken Bow's Greg Werner was hired as the new Poteau Pirates' football coach, not only was there a transition for him, but also for his senior tight end son, Jay.
While there was skepticism at first, Jay has learned to embrace being a Poteau Pirate.
â€śAt first it was tough because I thought to myself, 'What in the world, going to one of our own rivals in our district,'â€ť Jay said. â€śAs time progressed, it's gone a lot smoother than I thought it would be. It's definitely been a bigger change. I've definitely enjoyed it â€” so far.â€ť
Things could not have started any better for the Heavener Wolves football team than what happened in Friday night's 35-0 season-opening win on the road over Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith, Ark.
â€śThe kids came out and played hard,â€ť said Carl Lee, Heavener's new coach. â€śWe have some areas in which we need to make corrections. It was a good confidence builder, and it was good to get things started on the right foot.â€ť
Now, the Wolves (1-0) will try to get their home season off the same way when they entertain the Hartshorne Miners at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harvey Stadium.