Spiro Bulldogs football team opens district season Friday night against Stigler Panthers

Chris Bunch, Spiro's football coach, said back in the preseason in August that he hoped that his Bulldogs and the Stigler Panthers, who are the favorite to win District 3A-8, would meet later in the season — instead of the district opener as they will at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Stigler.The Panthers (2-1) have won two straight games — beating Hartshorne 39-6 after winning 33-2 over Okmulgee the week before. Stigler opened the season with a 26-21 loss to Hilldale.“Their quarterback is a hard runner, and their tailback is just as hard a runner,” Bunch said. “It's a 1-2 punch. If you go to sleep, they'll throw the long pass. I just wish we could have waited longer into the season before we played them.”To Get There — Take Oklahoma State Highway 9 west to Stigler.