The Poteau Pirates football team can taste a share of a District 4A-4 crown, and a home playoff game. Both will be achieved tonight if the Pirates (8-1 overall, 5-1 in district play) can knock off the Tulsa Rogers Ropers (3-6, 1-5) when they meet at 7 tonight at Tulsa's S.E. Williams Stadium in the regular-season finale.
Entering Week 10, Poteau, Tulsa Cascia Hall and Sallisaw all are atop the standings at 5-1. If all three win this week, district points will give Poteau the No. 1 seed for the playoffs when they begin next week. If Poteau wins, Cascia Hall beats Broken Bow and Sallisaw loses to Fort Gibson, the Pirates will be the No. 2 seed, but still tie the Commandos to share the district title.
If Poteau wins and Cascia Hall loses, regardless of the Fort Gibson-Sallisaw outcome, the Pirates will be the No. 1 seed.
A Poteau loss could make them either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed, the latter would mean a road playoff game.
â€śWe do have a lot riding on it,â€ť Poteau coach Greg Werner said. â€śIt's helped to keep our kids focused this week. We definitely need a win, and win by the right amount â€” then hope for the best. The main thing is to do what we can do, and what we can do is win. Then, we'll let everything else play out however it will.â€ť
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To Get There â€” Take U.S. 59 north to Sallisaw. Take Interstate 40 west to the Muskogee Turnpike. Take the Muskogee Turnpike west to Broken Arrow, where it becomes Oklahoma State Highway 51. Continue west on Highway 51 to U.S. 75. Take U.S. 75 north to Peoria Avenue. Take Peoria Avenue north to Woodrow Place. Take Woodrow Place east to S.E. Williams Stadium.
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District 4A-4 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Poteau-x 5-1 8-1 +62
Tulsa Cascia Hall-x 5-1 8-1 +59
Sallisaw-x 5-1 7-2 +47
Fort Gibson-x 4-2 6-3 +40
Muldrow 2-4 2-7 -43
Stilwell 2-4 3-6 -44
Tulsa Rogers 1-5 3-6 -65
Broken Bow 0-6 1-8 -56
x â€” Clinched playoff berth.