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.
“It feels great to be in the playoffs, especially since we worked so hard,” senior lineman Jesse Gollihare said. “We've prepared ourselves all year for this moment.”
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.
“I wasn't able to go [to the Fort Gibson-Sallisaw game], but I kept getting the updates,” senior lineman Michael Didway said. “It felt amazing that we were district champions, and getting two home playoff games. So, if we win, we'll get another home playoff win.”