POCOLA — Last week's football game had to be a very frustrating one for the Pocola Indians. For starters, they lost to their archrivals, the Panama Razorbacks 20-14, then lost any chance of a possibility of a second-place finish — and a home playoff game — with the defeat. Adding to heartache is the fact that Rick Lang, Pocola's coach, believes his team actually outplayed Panama.
“It was a tough loss to swallow,” he said. “Not just because it was a rival, but our kids outplayed their kids. I don't want to take anything away from Panama, but we beat them everywhere but the scoreboard. We had more first downs than they had, and we had more total yards offensively than they had. We just couldn't overcome our mistakes.”
However, the Indians (5-4) still have a lot to play for when they entertain Moutainburg, Ark., at 7:30 tonight at John Carter Field for Senior Night.
“There's a vast improvement from last year's team,” Lang said. “It's been since 2007 since we've made the playoffs. We continue to make strides with this program to get it to where we need it to be. We have a chance to one-up last year's record. We want an opportunity to go 6-4. It's these seniors' last game at home. A win would give us some momentum going into the playoffs. That's what we've been echoing to the kids all week. We want to go out with a 6-4 record, making the playoffs and sending the seniors out on a good note here at home for their last time on this field. We want to accomplish all those things.”