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Last year, the Poteau Pirates football team suffered a heartbreaking 59-56 shootout loss on the road against the Fort Gibson Tigers. That taste of defeat did not sit well with current senior lineman Trevor Shankle.
â€śThat hurt quite a bit last year losing that game after being in such a tough game,â€ť said Shankle, whose Pirates will entertain those same Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Costner Stadium for homecoming. â€śI've been looking forward to this game ever since last year. Right after that game, I made my mind up that I'm going to do everything in my power to be able to knock them off this year.â€ť
Of course, it doesn't hurt that there's still the drive for a District 4A-4 title and/or a home playoff game to add fuel to the fire.
â€śWe're going into this week that it's a must-win situation for us,â€ť Shankle said.