All-State football game gave Poteau coach one last chance to coach son

TULSA — Many father-son relationships also involve a coach-player connection. Such is the case between Poteau football coach Greg Werner and his son Jay Werner.Having played under the tutelage of his father throughout his high school career, Jay Werner got to play one more game with his dad as head coach in the All-State game Friday night at Union-Tuttle Stadium, as they served in those capacities with the East squad.The younger Werner, who played tight end and was named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award winner for football, caught the East’s only score, a 10-yard touchdown with 26 seconds left in the first quarter. That got the East a 7-6 lead over the West.“It was a big deal,” Jay Werner said. “It was one of the biggest adrenaline rushes I ever had because scoring in front of all those people and representing my town is just a big deal for me. It was definitely a great moment."“It was a great experience,” Greg Werner said. “I’ve been around [Jay’s] life in athletics and we were very blessed to be able to do that.”