Although it's been 63 years between the Poteau Pirates football team's second and third appearances in the state title game, the Pirates are indeed hoping third time will be the charm.
For the first time since coming in state runner-up in 1950, the Pirates (12-1) will once again play for a gold ball this afternoon as they will meet the top-ranked Anadarko Warriors (13-0) for the Class 4A state title at 1 p.m. at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens Stadium. The game will be televised live on FoxSports Oklahoma.
“It's exciting,” Poteau second-year coach Greg Werner said. “It's hard for it to sink in that you're still one of the two teams left. It is a big game. We get to play in a big stadium. What a great thrill for our kids.”
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To Get There — Take U.S. 59 north to Sallisaw. Take Interstate 40 west to the Muskogee Turnpike. Take the Muskogee Turnpike west to Broken Arrow, where it will become Oklahoma State Highway 51 [the Broken Arrow Expressway]. Proceed on Highway 51 to Sand Springs. Take U.S. 412 west to the Cimarron Turnpike. Take the Cimarron Turnpike west to the Stillwater/Cimarron Turnpike Spur exit. Take the Cimarron Turnpike Spur to Perkins Road, which will have an exact change toll booth of 50 cents before taking the exit. Turn left on Perkins Road to Hall of Fame Avenue. Turn right on Hall of Fame Avenue to Boone Pickens Stadium.