Senior lineman enjoying season, making playoffs

There may be no happier camper among the Poteau Pirate football team than senior lineman Jace Akins, who is recovering from an injury suffered a couple of weeks ago.For starters, the Pirates have eight wins, going for No. 9 Thursday night in a road game against Tulsa Rogers to end the regular season. Plus, the Pirates are going to be a playoff team, regardless of the outcome of Thursday night's game.“It's crazy for us to have come this far in a short amount of time,” Akins said. “It's about how much we've changed and progressed. We're working as a really good team. We have great coaching, and we're playing hard.”• • •To Get There — To get to the 7 p.m. Thursday road game against Tulsa Rogers at S.E. Williams Stadium in Tulsa, take U.S. 59 north to Sallisaw. Take Interstate 40 west to the Muskogee Turnpike. Take the Muskogee Turnpike west to Broken Arrow, where it becomes Oklahoma State Highway 51. Continue west on Highway 51 to U.S. 75. Take U.S. 75 north to Peoria Avenue. Take Peoria Avenue north to Woodrow Place. Take Woodrow Place east to S.E. Williams Stadium.