Poteau Bandit League teams split season finales at Roland last weekend

ROLAND — The Poteau Bandit League teams ended the season Saturday afternoon by splitting their four games against the Roland Rangers.The sixth-graders, who have never lost a Bandit League game in their careers, shut out Roland 24-0, while the fifth-graders posted a 14-0 victory.However, the Rangers won the other two games — taking an 18-12 three-overtime victory in the fourth-grade game and a 12-0 win in the third-grade contest.In the sixth-grade game, the Pirates, who have not lost a Bandit League game in their careers, got three touchdown runs from Kale Barcheers on carries of 16, 65 and 70 yards.In the fifth-grade contest, Bryce Palmer caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Clay Cross, while Josh Smith scored the other TD on a 4-yard carry. Palmer also scored a two-point conversion. They ended the season with a 7-2 record.In the fourth-grade game, Mason Barcheers scored on a pair of 5-yard TD runs. The loss was heartbreaking for the Pirates (6-2-1) as Easton Francis had two touchdowns — a 40-yard TD pass reception and a 64-yard TD run — called back due to penalties.The loss for the third-graders put their record for the year at 2-7.