In the life of 8-man football, normally the season opener is about the only tune-up before district play begins. Such was the case for the Bokoshe Tigers and the Arkoma Mustangs.
Both county teams played their lone non-district game before District C-4 begins this week, and against each other no less as the LeFlore County 8-Man Rivaly is renewed.
â€śYour district games are more important,â€ť said Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton, whose Mustangs will welcome the Tigers to Mustang Field for the District C-4 opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday. â€śWe only get the one tune-up game to get things right. We're hoping we got everything ready to go on Friday night. We had a lot of mistakes last week. We're hoping to clean them up this week.â€ť
â€śIt's a rivalry, but the thing about it is that Arkoma's coaches and school are good to us, and us to them â€” except for one week when it's rivalry week and the game is important to both teams,â€ť Bokoshe coach Bryan Murray said. â€śWe always look forward to this game. Hopefully, we can hang with them and make a game out of it.â€ť