Senior knew he had to step up for injured teammate

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.”