In 1965, the Poteau Pirates were Class 2A district champs. The Pirates were lead by the late Dr. Mike Logan, who was injured early in the year. Chris Conn won most of the games in the middle of the year, but Logan came back in the last couple of games and led them into the state semifinals. The Pirates lost to Broken Bow, which then lost to Clinton in the state championship. That was the first time that I had ever heard of Clinton. It seems like every year since, either Ada or Clinton hoisted the gold ball. It was not until 1988-89 the Pirates started making deep runs into the playoffs.
The Pirates and the Red Tornadoes have crossed paths twice in playoff football, with both games being played at Choctaw.
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Because of the threat of rain Thursday night, the community pep rally that was scheduled for 6 p.m. at Tower Drive-In has been canceled.