By CRAIG HALL
POTEAU—For the first time since 2003, Poteau’s freshmen have put one in the win column against Sallisaw.
The Pirates dominated play from the start of the game en route to a 26-8 win over Sallisaw to finish off a good night for Poteau.
Poteau’s eighth graders were also dominate in a 28-0 win to stay undefeated on the season while the seventh grade fell 6-0 in overtime after ending the regular game tied at 0-0.
In the final game of the night, Poteau scored every time it had the ball with the exception of its last drive to end the losing drought against Sallisaw.
Dylan Wiles and Jordan Key each scored a pair of touchdowns for the Pirates while Jordan Newman intercepted two passes in the second half to keep the Black Diamonds from making a comeback.
Poteau scored on its first drive of the game to take an early lead. Wiles finished the drive off with a 3-yard run to put the Pirates ahead, 6-0.
The fullback also tallied Poteau’s second drive with a 17-yard blast up the middle to put his team ahead, 12-0.
Sallisaw got its only touchdown with six seconds left before halftime on a short pass. But the Black Diamonds did not celebrate for long as Key took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 82 yards as the halftime buzzer sounded for a touchdown that gave Poteau a 20-8 lead as Wiles scored again on the PAT.
Poteau put the game away early in the third quarter. The Pirates got the ball to start the half and used up almost all of the third quarter before Key scored on a 3-yard blast to increase the lead to 26-6.
Newman then intercepted the two passes to keep Sallisaw from scoring again.
The win improves the Pirates to 2-2 overall.
The eighth grade Raiders were in complete control in improving to 4-0 on the season. Poteau was in control throughout, stopping Sallisaw’s only drive late in the fourth quarter to finish off the shutout.
In the opening game, neither team could score during the game before Sallisaw scored in overtime for the only points of the game.