The Poteau Pirates football team went toe to toe with Class 4A's sixth-ranked Sallisaw Black Diamonds last week in the District 4A-4 opener at Costner Stadium, but eventually fell 31-21.
â€śWe played well, and we played hard,â€ť said Greg Werner, Poteau's first-year coach. â€śWe didn't give up. It just came down to a few plays where we didn't make them and they did. That's just football, but we played very hard. There were a lot of good things (about the Sallisaw game).â€ť
While winning the game was a big team goal for the Pirates (3-1, 0-1 in district play), the loss did not make or break their season. There are still chances not only to make the playoffs, but get a home playoff game and even a district championship â€” with the right help.
â€śWe're still in there,â€ť Werner said. â€śWe just need to keep fighting, but the main thing is we have to get better. We have to figure out how to make the big plays. It was a critical juncture in the game, and that's what we didn't do. That's what we're trying to figure out â€” how to make those plays.â€ť
Up next for the Pirates will be a road game at 7:30 p.m. tonight against the Stilwell Indians (0-4, 0-1). The Indians lost their district opener 56-0 to Class 4A's top-ranked Tulsa Cascia Hall last week, and they have been outscored 147-14 in their four losses.
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District 4A-4 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Broken Bow 1-0 3-1 +15
Fort Gibson 1-0 4-0 +15
Tulsa Cascia Hall 1-0 4-0 +15
Sallisaw 1-0 3-1 +10
Poteau 0-1 3-1 -10
Muldrow 0-1 1-3 -15
Stilwell 0-1 0-4 -15
Tulsa Rogers 0-1 1-2 -15
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To Get There â€” Take U.S. 59 north to Stilwell.