For Doug Hall, the wait is over.
For the first three weeks, he studied, consulted with experts and even scouted games.
Hall edged his fellow professional pickers to win Week 4 of the Panel Picks by going 10-2 for the week to edge defending champion Mark Caldwell (9-3) and two-time winner this year, Jerry Pitchford, who stumbled to 8-4 this week.
“Gosh, this is great,” Hall obviously thought, but did not say. “I have dreamed about this happening, but never thought it would.
“I think my brilliance is finally starting to come through and the other pickers are in for a tough year.”
Hall, better known as the campus director for KTC for Poteau and Spiro, is the only Heavener defensive lineman to ever intercept a pass and return it for a touchdown, only to have it called back because a teammate was fighting the other team’s quarterback. Not that it has anything to do with the Panel Picks, but is an interesting story that makes this story longer and more touching.
Overall, Hall moved into a tie with Pitchford at 33-8 while Caldwell is a game back.