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Friday's game shows Pirates can play with stronger teams, but now, Poteau needs strong finish to season to make postseason play

October 8, 2012

I believe that Fort Gibson could be very underrated team. The Tigers are that good, and they do deserve the love that they are getting from the pollsters. This week, they're ranked seventh in the Class 4A Poll.
Jake Gandara has to be the most impressive back that I have seen in District 4A-4 for a long time.
I guess you could call me a Poteau Pirate pollyanna, but I believe if you look hard enough you can find something good in everything.
Fort Gibson has been in its current offensive and defensive system for about three years now. It only stands to reason that the more practices, games, snaps and repetitions you have, the more you will — and should — get better and understand what is expected of you.
I began to stop and think as the third quarter began to unfold Friday night at Costner Stadium. Did Gandara start as a freshman? Was he as effective as a sophomore? I know he was good as a junior, and unbelievable as a senior. Then too, if Gandara didn't have that massive offensive line blocking in front of him, just how good would he be?
That brings me to this point. Much has been written about freshman running back Roger Barcheers, a true freshman and his abilities. If I was to rate Gandara vs. Barcheers, Gandara would win most of the battles naturally, but Barcheers would hold his own — and win some, also. Barcheers couldn't win a footrace with Gandara. Gandara is a senior, while Barcheers is still just a freshman. The one thing about Barcheers I really like is that he can be surrounded by a group of defenders on the other team, and he still finds way to gain yards simply by keeping his legs churning.
So, what I am simply stating is the Pirates are still young in the scheme of things that Greg Werner, Poteau's first-year coach, is working to accomplish.

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