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One of goals for first-year Panama Razorbacks Coach Brandon Ellis was to have his new team surpass its win total of last season (0-10). That was accomplished when the Hogs beat archrival Pocola Oct. 20 to end a 17-game losing streak.
The other goal was to make the playoffs, but a loss to Heavener last week in the home finale at George Ollie Stadium doomed that goal. However, the â€™Backs can still win their last game when the face Tulsa NOAH at 7:30 p.m. Friday at South Intermediate School in Broken Arrow. The game was originally scheduled for tonight but moved to Friday night for better attendance.
â€śI told the boys that it seems since the week of the Vian game (Oct. 14) that we have actually started playing well,â€ť Ellis said. â€śWe saw a chance in the kids at that time. We just carried that over into the Pocola game, and we played Heavener well. I don't want to go backwards. We're progressing and getting better. I don't want to take a step backward. A win would be huge. We're going there to have fun, but we're going there to win.â€ť