Poteau Pirates gain home-field advantage

Technically, the Poteau Pirates are tri-champions of District 4A-4 with Tulsa Cascia Hall and Sallisaw. The Pirates got a big boost from one of their archrivals, the Black Diamonds, on Friday night. Their win over Fort Gibson threw the race into a three-way tie. The Pirates had the tie breaker due to district points as they outdistanced Cascia Hall and Sallisaw, who finished as the second- and third-seeded teams, respectfully.Thursday night, the Pirates traveled to S.E. Williams Stadium in Tulsa, where they faced the Tulsa Rogers Ropers.Poteau took care of business in the second quarter as they scored 36 points in the stanza. The Pirates also were warned to be prepared for big plays and cheap shots. The Pirates saw both as the officials might have been the most tired folks on the field. They threw 28 flags in the games for a total of 288 yards. The game was called at the 7:32 mark of the final period.