It will be hard to match what happened last Friday night in the season opener for the Poteau Pirates football team. For the second straight year, they rallied from a deficit to down the Durant Lions, this time in double overtime by a score of 43-42 at Costner Stadium.
“It was wild,” Poteau coach Greg Werner said. “It's one of those games that's highly emotional. It was definitely a crazy way to start things.”
Such a win can do wonders for a team. Luckily it was the Pirates who won such a contest last week.
“I think that kind of a win can do something for us,” Werner said. “It showed us we can come back. We didn't give up. We fought, and that's what it's all about. I was proud of them. Hopefully, it showed a little bit of what we have.”
However, that was then, tonight is now as the Pirates (1-0) welcome the Van Buren (Ark.) Pointers to Costner Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
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The Poteau High School Band Boosters will have a tailgate party beginning at 5:30 p.m. today at Costner Stadium before tonight's game.
The tailgate will feature grilled chicken breast sandwiches, chips, a drink and homemade cookies or brownie for dessert. Cost of the tailgate special is $5 per person.