For the first time in four seasons, there's going to be an 11th game for the Poteau Pirates football team.
The Pirates (9-1) will entertain the Cleveland Tigers (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Costner Stadium.
The Pirates sealed up a home playoff game in last week's 44-14 road win over the Tulsa Rogers Ropers at S.E. Williams Stadium in Tulsa.
â€śIt was a good night,â€ť Poteau coach Greg Werner said. â€śWe've had three games in a row where we've been able to play everybody, and won handily. It's been a good stretch. We're pretty healthy, but we're going to have to get ready because those days [of blowout wins] are over. We're ready going into the playoffs.â€ť
However, the weekend got sweeter when the Sallisaw Black Diamonds defeated the Fort Gibson Tigers 47-28 last Friday night at Sallisaw's Perry F. Lattimore Stadium. That put the Pirates, the Black Diamonds and the Tulsa Cascia Hall Commandos [who defeated the Broken Bow Savages 40-7 last Friday] in a three-way tie for the top spot in District 4A-4. On district points, the Pirates were awarded the top seed for the playoffs, and the district title.
â€śA lot of people said that we shared the district title,â€ť Werner said. â€śThat's not true. That's what I told people because there's a system for breaking ties. The tie was broken, and we're district champions. It's a great accomplishment for our kids. The big thing is we get two home playoff games, and that's always huge come playoff time.â€ť