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Senior knew he had to step up for injured teammate

November 1, 2012

LAST GAME — Poteau senior Blake Johnson will be one of 14 senior Pirate players who will play their final game Friday night at Costner Stadium when Tulsa Rogers comes to town for the regular-season finale. PDN photo by David Seeley

Last Friday night, the Poteau Pirates were trying to keep their football playoff hopes alive with a road win against the Broken Bow Savages. While that didn't happen, the Pirates likely got a moral victory despite losing 23-15 to the Savages, and had to do so with a back-up quarterback.
Poteau starting quarterback Jace Pitchford suffered a game-ending knee injury, so senior Blake Johnson had to take over running the offense.
“I know I had to step in at quarterback,” said Johnson, who was 7-of-16 for 56 yards, including a 24-yard pass play to Jarrett Lowrimore. “I was glad I got to play with all my teammates. We gave it one heck of a shot. We had a chance to tie it up at the end, and that's about the only positive thing we can take from it. We played very well.”

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