The Poteau Pirates clinched a playoff berth with a win over Muldrow a couple of weeks ago. Since that hasn't happened for this senior class, that achievement was a special one.
â€śIt feels great to be in the playoffs, especially since we worked so hard,â€ť senior lineman Jesse Gollihare said. â€śWe've prepared ourselves all year for this moment.â€ť
The Pirates knew if the Sallisaw Black Diamonds defeated the Fort Gibson Tigers on Friday night at Sallisaw's Perry F. Lattimore Stadium, they would get the No. 1 seed in District 4A-4 for the upcoming postseason. That's exactly what happened. Thus, the Pirates will have a second home playoff game next week should they defeat the Cleveland Tigers, who will be Poteau's playoff opponent at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Costner Stadium.
â€śI wasn't able to go [to the Fort Gibson-Sallisaw game], but I kept getting the updates,â€ť senior lineman Michael Didway said. â€śIt felt amazing that we were district champions, and getting two home playoff games. So, if we win, we'll get another home playoff win.â€ť