In the life of 8-man football, normally the season opener is about the only tune-up before district play begins. Such was the case for the Bokoshe Tigers and the Arkoma Mustangs.
Both county teams played their lone non-district game before District C-4 begins this week, and against each other no less as the LeFlore County 8-Man Rivaly is renewed.
“Your district games are more important,” said Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton, whose Mustangs will welcome the Tigers to Mustang Field for the District C-4 opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “We only get the one tune-up game to get things right. We're hoping we got everything ready to go on Friday night. We had a lot of mistakes last week. We're hoping to clean them up this week.”
“It's a rivalry, but the thing about it is that Arkoma's coaches and school are good to us, and us to them — except for one week when it's rivalry week and the game is important to both teams,” Bokoshe coach Bryan Murray said. “We always look forward to this game. Hopefully, we can hang with them and make a game out of it.”