A rather rough week for the Journal picks last week.
After exploding out of the proverbial gate the first two weeks by going 13-2, we were wrong in our first two picks last week of Poteau beating Gravette and Spiro downing Roland.
Okay, we were wrong. But so were a lot of other people. However, we can honestly say the Journal is no “homer” picker even though they were both county schools. There is too much at stake here to simply pick the county schools, unlike…never mind.
After the rough start last week, we did rebound to win the last four games and go 6-2 overall. The publisher has been avoiding our phone calls so the job might be on the line this week since we are 19-4 overall, which should be considered good but is sadly, never good enough. Kind of like the OU fans who get disappointed the Sooners didn’t beat Florida State worse.
Here are our picks:
HILLDALE AT POTEAU–Tough pick here. Both teams are 2-1. Poteau coming off a 31-16 loss to a very solid Gravette team, not helped by turning the ball over nine times. Pirate defense was solid last week while the offense seldom showed the firepower from the first two weeks. If Poteau hangs on to the ball and the defense is again solid, Pirates win a close one. Pirates do get three starters back so POTEAU 21, HILLDALE 14.
HARTSHORNE AT HEAVENER–Wolves were hammered by a good Paris team last week. Hartshorne is 2-1 after losing to Stigler. Winner takes a big step toward a possible playoff spot. Sadly, this long rivalry will take a hiatus after this year when Heavener moves up to 3A. Wolves would undoubtedly love to win this one to improve the morale of the class of 1981, which is having their 30th reunion this week. As you undoubtedly know, that was the best class in Heavener history. Bad start to the reunion. HARTSHORNE 28, HEAVENER 21.
SPIRO AT IDABEL–As you read above, we have lost four picks this year. Two of those came from Spiro. Hmm. The Bulldogs make the long trip over the mountain and through the hills, but not to Grandma’s house they go. Spiro looking to defend its district championship. Idabel hoping not to get plastered by another LeFlore County team after Poteau took the Warriors to the woodshed in week 2. Spiro gets better! SPIRO 21, IDABEL 13.
TALIHINA AT ANTLERS–Two old rivals nestled in southeastern Oklahoma. Talihina has dominated the rivalry recently, as the Tigers have with all their opponents. Should be a good one. Talihina continues to improve after opening with a 3-0 record. Last non-district game for both teams. TALIHINA 20, ANTLERS 14.
VIAN AT POCOLA–Both teams undefeated! First district game for both teams! Unfortunately, Pocola is a little banged up and Vian is a monster wearing purple and gold. The Wolverines are overwhelming favorites to win the district. Pocola in the running for a playoff spot and needs to avoid any more injuries. VIAN 35, POCOLA 14.
WILBURTON AT PANAMA–Not exactly two of the hottest teams in District 2A-6. Wilburton did win its first game over Savanna last week while Panama is still looking for that first win. Road wins are big in this district as there will likely be a logjam among teams fighting for playoff spots. Panama continues to improve, but the Diggers get the win. WILBURTON 21, PANAMA 7.
BLUEJACKET AT ARKOMA–Arkoma nearly slept through last week’s game against Southwestern Christian, winning only 26-18. Playing at home should make a big difference. ARKOMA 42, BLUEJACKET 28.
EAGLE POINT AT BOKOSHE–The Journal must apologize. We had Bokoshe playing at Boulevard Christian in our picks this week. The Tigers are actually hosting Eagle Point Academy. Yes, we do apologize, but the good news is everybody gets a W this week. Something has to give in this matchup! Both teams have perfect marks heading into this contest, unfortunately, they are 0-3. Games like this are impossible to predict, so we expect to lose whichever way we predict. What the heck, let’s go with the county guys! BOKOSHE 16, EAGLE POINT 14.