FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” The Arkansas Razorbacks did what they wanted to do Saturday night at Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. They defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 49-24 to spoil the return of Jack Crowe, former Arkansas coach for the Hogs' last two seasons in the old Southwest Conference and current coach of the Gamecocks.
When one sees that the Razorbacks (1-0) won by 25 points, one might think there were positives all around. Don't get me wrong, there were.
DURANT â€” It was one heck of a pregame pep talk by Poteau's new football coach, Greg Werner.
â€śI want you to go out and dominate this game be very physical,â€ť Werner told the Pirates before they took the field against the Durant Lions at Paul Laird Field on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. â€śLet people know that the Poteau Pirates are back!â€ť
After trailing by seven points at halftime, the Pirates came out and physically dominated the Lions and won the game 28-21.
FORT SMITH, Ark. â€” The Heavener Wolves devoured the Union Christian Academy Eagles Friday night at Buck Wells Stadium hitting the mercy rule with just more than six minutes to play in a 35-0 rout.
The star of the game was senior running back Blake Smittle who accounted for more than 400 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Wolves.
BOKOSHE â€” Midway through the first half, things were looking good for the Bokoshe Tigers in their season opener against the Oaks Warriors.
However, manpower and conditioning, both of which are in short supply for the Tigers in the early going, reared their ugly head as the Warriors rallied in the second half to win going away by a score of 48-34 Friday night.
The Arkoma Mustangs took a hard hit on their opening night game against the Keota Lions at Keota in a 60-14 loss on Friday night.
In the opening defensive series, junior fullback Tyler Dailey broke his thumb. That injury would set off a spark of bad luck for the Mustangs (0-1) that will leave them effected for the rest of the season.
The Spiro Bulldogs lost their opener to Class 2A's No. 1-ranked Vian Wolverines in Vian Friday night by a score of 55-6 at Vian.
Pocola's Beau Kerbow scored on a 30-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left to lift the Indians past Tulsa Regent Prep 35-34 Friday night in Coweta.
Look for more details on these games in Tuesday's edition.
PANAMA â€” For a half, things looked good for the Panama Razorbacks in their season opener Thursday night at George Ollie Stadium.
The Hogs had a 19-7 halftime lead, but a strong second half by Gore allowed the visiting Pirates to leave town with a 35-19 victory.
McALESTER â€” For the very first time playing under the name of Pirates, the Poteau freshmen football team proved right from the very start of the game they are worthy of all the pre-season hype as they jumped on McAlester very early and controlled the game. The Pirates won the game 27-8 in their season opener Thursday night at Hook Eales Stadium.
It was a good news-bad news situation for the Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams in their season openers against Broken Bow Thursday at Costner Stadium.
The seventh-grade Raiders defeated the Savages 26-6. However, the news was not as good for the eighth-grade Raiders as they fell 16-6 to the Savages.
The PKMS teams will return to action next Thursday with a pair of games against McAlester at Hook Eales Stadium in McAlester. Games will begin at 5 p.m.