Pirates football team will hit the grass at Costner Stadium. They will see someone very familiar as the Pirates will entertain the Tulsa Webster Warriors at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
“There's nothing like being at home, especially as much traveling as we've done,” said Greg Werner, Poteau's new coach. “We're very excited to be home.”
The Pirates have done as well as possible, winning two games to begin the season — and two road games at that, 28-21 on Aug. 31 against Durant and last week's 18-15 victory over Van Buren, Ark.
“It was a good win for us,” Werner said about Poteau's road victory over Van Buren. “It was good to go over there and come away with a win. it's nice to be coming home 2-0. We've got a lot of tough teams ahead of us, and we've got one this week. We could come back down to earth real quick if we aren't careful.”
The Warriors are 0-2, but each of the last two years they have bitten the Pirates. Two years ago at Costner Stadium, the Warriors spoiled homecoming with a 6-3 victory, which was followed up by last year's 42-36 setback in Tulsa. So, both Werner and the Pirates know what they will be up against in tonight's home opener.
“They have steadily improved over the last few years,” he said. “Three or four years ago, they were just awful. Now, they're slowly but surely gotten better. They're very respectable now. The kids there play hard, and they're doing the right things. They're definitely a different team than in the past few years. Athletically, they're going to be as good as a lot of the teams we're going to face.”
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Game 2 Poteau Statistics
Rushing — Roger Barcheers 23-111-1, Cord Lawrence 8-30-0, Jace Pitchford 16-27-1, Dylan Wiles 3-6-0, Mason Jones 2-2-0.
Passing — Jace Pitchford 7-17-2, 85 yards, TD.
Receiving — Jay Werner 4-55-1, Dylan Stone 1-17-0, Blake Johnson 2-13-0.
Tackles — Kaydon Evans 11 tackles (4 solo), Tyler Tustin 7 (2), Derek Francis 7 (1), Blake Johnson 6 (4), Lane Robertson 5 (1), Michael Reynolds 5 (1), Carlos Aguilar 5 (2), Jace Pitchford 5 (2), Dylan Gregory 4 (1), Troy Barnett 4 (1), Austin Barnette 3 (2), Jay Werner 3 (1), Zack Hall 2 (1), Austin Archey 1 (1), Del Wylovak 1, Devin Thompson 1.
QB Sacks — Derek Francis 2, Del Wylovak 2.
Fumble Recoveries — Austin Barnette 1, Michael Reynolds 1.