As most of you reader know, during the high school football season, the Saturday morning editions are held so we can get the high school football games' stories into that edition.
Next week is Fall Break, and all the games will be played on Thursday night. In my first two years as sports editor of The Poteau Daily News, the decision was made to not hold Friday morning's edition for the games' stories, but wait and publish them on that Saturday's edition.
TULSA â€” Alex Singleton tied a school record with two rushing touchdowns and Tulsa broke things open with a 20-point third explosion en route to a 33-11 victory over Texas-El Paso Thursday night in Conference USA action at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Singleton, who now has 32 career rushing TDs, ran for 96 yards on 21 carries. His scores covered 1 and 10 yards.
Jaâ€™Tarian Douglass was TUâ€™s top rusher with 128 yards on 13 handoffs, with most of the yardage coming on an 81-yard TD run that gave Tulsa a comfortable lead in the third quarter.
Earlier this season, the Arkansas Razorbacks had a shot at No. 1 Alabama. Tonight, the Poteau Pirates will get that opportunity.
The Pirates (4-2, 1-2 in District 4A-4 play) will travel to meet the top-ranked Tulsa Cascia Hall Commandos (6-0, 3-0) at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
â€śWe're excited about the game,â€ť said Greg Werner, Poteau's first-year coach. â€śThere's one of two ways you can take it. You can say, 'Oh, no, it's here,' or you can get excited about the chance to play them. We're excited to get this chance.â€ť
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District 4A-4 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Fort Gibson 3-0 6-0 +45
It may not be the high school football postseason yet, but it will likely feel like it tonight at Spiro's McClain Stadium.
The Heavener Wolves will visit the Spiro Bulldogs for a crucial District 3A-8 contest, beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
The Wolves (3-3 overall, 1-2 in district play) are coming off a tough loss to the Checotah Wildcats, falling 48-18 last Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
The LeFlore County Bass Club's 2012 Classic Tournament took place last weekend at Firefly Landing on Broken Bow Lake. There were 30 boats in the two-day tournament. A total of 55 anglers caught 124 total fish, which had a combined weight of 257.89 pounds. The average fish weighed 2.08 pounds, and 10 limits were caught.
The 2012 champions are Keith Griffith and Gary Steelman, who hauled in 30.65 pounds to pocket $3,400.
Kelly Gravitt, Talihina's football coach, could not be happier with his Golden Tigers' 6-0 start to the season, or with how they played in last week's 51-20 victory over Sallisaw-Central at Doc Robinson Stadium.
The Poteau Pirates football team put a lot into last week's homecoming game with the Fort Gibson Tigers. After going toe to toe with them, the Pirates ended up falling 49-21. Poteau senior running back Michael Reynolds said it was a somber mood in the locker room after the game.
â€śIt was sad,â€ť Reynolds said. â€śWe know we can't let it get the better of us. We have to get ready to go this week.â€ť
BROKEN BOW â€” The Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams split their final road games of the season Tuesday at Memorial Stadium against the homestanding Broken Bow Savages.
The seventh-grade Raiders posted a 42-28 win over the Savages, who took the eighth-grade contest by a score of 28-13.
The PKMS teams will return to action in their season finales at 5 p.m. Tuesday against McAlester at Costner Stadium. The seventh-grade game will lead things off, followed by the eighth-grade game and the freshmen game at approximately 7 p.m.