To say that the Poteau Pirates football team was disappointed in last week's 41-7 loss at Sallisaw is an understatement.
“We are lamenting about the loss at Sallisaw, but the kids get over it a lot quicker than we coaches do,” Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles said. “We go in at halftime after just scoring, and I thought we're going to have to calm these kids down. But physically, we were spent. That tells me that in our (power) lifting and conditioning, we're not there yet. We've made a lot of leaps this year with our strengthening and in our offensive line. But we obviously aren't there yet to compete with those teams like Sallisaw. The good news is that it's coming. We did not have a kid on our team that had beaten Sallisaw in football, but it's coming. Our ninth grade beats them. Our eighth-grade beats them. Our seventh-graders lose to them in overtime. Our sophomores should have beaten them last year when they were freshmen, but we had three kids out that game. They got beat by four points, and they're not scared of Sallisaw.”
Thus, tonight's 7:30 p.m. District 4A-4 contest against the Broken Bow Savages (5-2, 3-1 in district play) at Costner Stadium is a must-win game for the Pirates (3-4, 1-3).