Spiro, with help, seeks playoff berth Friday night at Stigler

After back-to-back losses to Seminole and Valliant, the Spiro Bulldogs did not look like the postseason was something they could reach. But after last week's home regular-season finale 23-7 victory over the Atoka Wampus Cats at McClain Stadium, the ’Dogs still have a chance to return to the Class 3A playoffs.The first thing which has to happen is the Bulldogs (4-5, 3-3 in District 3A-8) must win their 7:30 p.m. Friday game on the road against the Stigler Panthers (8-1, 5-1) — who have already clinched second place in the district behind district champion Seminole (9-0, 6-0).If that happens, then one of two things must happen for the ’Dogs to be a playoff team. Either Idabel (4-5, 3-3) has to lose on the road Friday night at Hugo (1-8, 0-6) and/or Valliant (6-3, 3-3) must suffer a road loss against the Wampus Cats (4-5, 1-5) for Spiro to be a playoff team.Right now, there's a four-way tie at 3-3 in the district between Valliant (24 district points), Eufaula (three), Spiro (one) and Idabel (minus-23).Spiro Coach Chris Bunch knows that if the Bulldogs would have not suffered some bad losses early, they would not need the help which is needed on Friday night to become a playoff team.“It's just a bad thing that we're in the situation that we're in right now — needing to have some help,” he said. “You don't want to have to depend on other teams. But that's the situation we're in because we didn't take care of business earlier this year.”