By CRAIG HALL
This is a great time to be a football fan in LeFlore County.
Two county teams are still alive with Poteau playing for a state championship on Friday and Talihina in the Class A semifinals.
And in December, even. Yep, uncharted waters for football in our little county. Plus, what makes it even better are the challenges awaiting the Pirates and Golden Tigers.
Both teams are playing the top-ranked teams in their respective classes in Anadarko and Ringling.
I do not recall two county teams playing this late in the same season. Over the years, we have only had one state football champion, Talihina, in 1966. Have we ever had two county teams playing this late in the season?
Doubtful. LeFlore County should unite behind both teams and give as much support as possible.
There’s no way to predict what will happen on Friday. Anadarko won the Class 3A state championship two years ago and finished second to district foe Clinton last year.
The Warriors have lost only two games in the 2010s. Anadarko is undefeated and a really good team, which is probably an understatement.
Ringling won the Class A state championship last year and returned a bunch of starters.
The Blue Devils have only lost once this season, to Class 2A power Davis.
But this has been a truly great year for our county teams. The Pirates are 12-1and have already won district, defeated a defending state champion and downed a powerhouse in Douglass.
Talihina is undefeated and defeated both teams that beat the Tigers last year, the last win coming at Cashion last week.
And it could only get better. Just imagine that Poteau wins its state championship on Friday afternoon and Talihina defeats Ringling to advance to the Class A state finals that night.
That would truly be a day to remember. And one all of LeFlore County should celebrate.
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