Despite disappointing season, still some positives for Pirates

Although the Poteau Pirates did not make the playoffs and ended this season at 4-6, there were still some positive things which stood out for Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles — but also some weakpoints.“We had some good games,” Broyles said. “When the season ends, you start thinking about next year. We sat down as a staff and evaluated this season. We started out on fire. We had a couple of scrimmages, one of them against the current No. 1 team in the state (Catoosa) and a couple of games where we played really well. At about the midpoint of the season, we had some physical and mental breakdowns. That's our No. 1 thing to address in the off-season, we've got to work on the mental toughness and the physical toughness. If we're to compete with the Sallisaws, the Broken Bows and the (Tulsa) Cascia Halls (which enters District 4A-4 for the next two seasons), we have to get mentally and physically tougher. I was very proud of the win over Broken Bow. That was a good stepping stone. We have to keep going in that direction. We played Sallisaw well for a half. With our physical toughness, that means getting stronger. The mental toughness deals with controlling your emotions and tongue, taking coaching (orders), knowing your assignments and being a team player. That's what we're looking for.”