Heavener in must-win game Thursday night against Stigler Panthers

While the 2012 high school football playoffs do not begin until Nov. 9, they might as well begin tonight for the Heavener Wolves football team.The Wolves are in a must-win situation Thursday night when they travel to meet the Stigler Panthers at 7:30 p.m. for a crucial District 3A-8 contest.The Wolves (3-4 overall, 1-3 in district play) are on a three-game losing streak after losing 45-28 to the Spiro Bulldogs on Friday night at McClain Stadium. Heavener pretty much needs to win out to make sure the Wolves are in the playoff hunt.“We're at a point now that we have to win every week to give ourselves a chance [to make the playoffs],” said Carl Lee, Heavener's first-year coach. “The kids are still just as fierce. We've battled injuries here and there, but they're still playing hard — and that's all anyone can ask for.”To Get There — Take U.S. Highway 59 north to Sunset Corner, west of Spiro. Take Oklahoma State Highway 9 west to Stigler.