By CRAIG HALL
A little surprise came to Poteau and LeFlore County yesterday when it was announced the Pirates will play at Oologah instead of Wagoner in the first round of the playoffs on Friday.
Oologah had to forfeit four games for using an ineligible player. Because of the forfeits, the Mustangs dropped to second in the district instead of first. The Pirates were supposed to play at Wagoner before the changes.
This actually makes things a little tougher for Poteau. By virtue of being the third seed, the Pirates were going to play the second seed in the district. Now, they get the district champion.
It is kind of ironic. Last year everybody wanted to see Poteau and Wagoner play as they were the top two teams in the eastern part of Oklahoma. Now, a year later, the two teams were set to play, but not won’t.
It is going to be cold. Real cold, for those of us going to the high school playoff games on Friday. I guess that is to be expected, but it doesn’t make it any easier. The one good thing is no precipitation is expected at least until Saturday.
If you look at the brackets, only one county team, Talihina, is expected to win. Don’t be surprised if at least one other county team pulls off a win.
Panama, Poteau and Spiro are all on the road. Panama and Chandler have the same record, Poteau got the experience from playing in the postseason last year, and then there is Spiro.
The Bulldogs are at top-ranked Locust Grove. Spiro has speed that Locust Grove probably has not seen this year. Plus, the Bulldogs have McKinley Whitfield, one of the top players in the state. He is tough to stop at quarterback, but is probably even a better play at safety.
Locust Grove has scored a ton of points, but the schedule has not been all that tough.
It will seem a little strange not going to a Heavener game on Friday. I covered all the games on from the fourth week through the end of the year. So if I go to a game Friday night, it will probably be Talihina. Still, it will be a little different.
I don’t think the Quapaw at Talihina game will be all that competitive and it will be cold. So we will have to wait to see if I go to that game.
Unless the roads are messy on Saturday, I will head over to Paris to watch the Wolf Pups play Booneville. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. The winner is the league champion. I have been to enough games the little guys recognize me now. When I was at the school for Veterans Day activities, I had two of them ask if I was going to the game.
Heavener will have a parent-teacher conference on Nov. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. and no school on Nov. 21 so students and teachers will get an early break for Thanksgiving.