Arkoma clinched at least second place in its district and Spiro stayed alive for a playoff spot in county football games Friday night.
Poteau and Talihina were eliminated from the playoffs while Heavener defeated Panama, 28-14 (see story), to set up a huge game at home next week against Pocola.
Arkoma downed county rival Bokoshe, 46-0, to seal a home playoff game and take second place in its district behind Webbers Falls, which clinched the district with a 62-6 win over Maud.
Spiro also kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a 23-7 win over Atoka at home. The Bulldogs are now in a four-way tie for third place in their district with Eufaula, Valliant and Idabel.
Idabel defeated Eufaula, 34-32, while Valliant lost to Stigler, 13-12. The Bulldogs must win at Stigler next week to make the playoffs. In other key district games next week Eufaula plays district champion Seminole, Valliant takes on Atoka and Idabel plays last-place Hugo.
Fort Gibson scored in the last minute and held off a late Poteau drive to edge the Pirates, 59-56, in what has to be one of the highest non eight-man games in the state this year.
Poteau had to win tonight and next week at Muldrow to make the playoffs. Wilson Klutts ran for two scores and threw five touchdown passes, including three to Blake Roley, but the Pirates had trouble stopping the Tigers.
Klutts’ last touchdown run put Poteau ahead 56-52 with just over two minutes remaining. But Fort Gibson got a long return and scored quickly to take a 59-52 lead.
The Pirates drove to Fort Gibson’s 35, but a hail mary pass fell incomplete on the final play of the game.
Talihina lost at home to Hartshorne, 27-21, to end the Tigers’ hopes of making the playoffs. Talihina falls to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the district while Hartshorne moves into a tie with Wilburton for second place. The two teams meet next week to decide second and third place.
Wilburton fell to district champion Vian, 56-0, Friday night as the Wolverines remained undefeated on the season.