In addition to lousy weather, it was a rough night for LeFlore County football teams on Friday with only two of the county teams winning.
Spiro and Talihina both improved to 2-0 with wins. The Bulldogs downed Muldrow, 35-14, behind another big game from McKinley Whitfield while Talihina got a huge lead early and coasted past Antlers, 52-14.
Poteau stayed close to Van Buren for the first half before losing, 41-8, Vian bounced back from a loss in its opener to down Heavener, 35-0, Central scored late to edge Panama, 26-20, Gans came from behind to defeat Arkoma, 48-42, in district play and Bokoshe lost in overtime to Bowlegs, 28-20.
Whitfield, one of the top 10 recruits in the state, rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, passed for 144 yards and a score and had a punt return of over 50 yards in the win over Muldrow. Spiro fell behind early, 7-6, before taking control with 28 straight points.
The Bulldogs travel to Haskell next week.
For the second straight game, Talihina exploded out of the gates in the win over Antlers. The Tigers built a 38-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and built the lead to 46-0 at halftime before coasting to the win.
Talihina will get its biggest test of the season when the Tigers travel to play at Christian Heritage next week.
Poteau led 8-7 over Van Buren after a touchdown pass from Ben Klutts to Austin Archey and a two-point conversion run by Austin Archey in the first half. The Pointers regained the lead and led 13-8 at halftime before outscoring the Pirates 28-0 in the second half.
Poteau drops to 0-2 against the two huge Arkansas schools on its schedule to open the season. The Pirates get their home opener on Friday against Haysville Campus, also 0-2, but one of the larger schools out of Kansas.
Class 2A’s second-ranked Vian bounced back from its opening loss to top-ranked Davis with a 35-0 win over Heavener. The loss drops the Wolves to 1-1 going into Friday’s non-district game at Muldrow.
Panama built an early 13-0 lead over Central before the Tigers rallied back to score twice in the last quarter to get the 26-20 win. Central trailed 20-12 in the fourth quarter before getting a touchdown and 2-point conversion with just over seven minutes left to tie the score and the Tigers got the winning touchdown with nine seconds left.
Tristan Thompson threw three touchdown passes for the Razorbacks, two to Blake Emmert and the final one to Ben Whiteaker. Panama drops to 1-1 and visits Warner on Friday.
Arkoma had a 42-32 lead over Gans in the Mustangs’ first district game before the Grizzlies rallied for the win. Arkoma drops to 1-1 and plays Dewar on Friday in the Mustangs’ first home game.
Bokoshe came from behind to tie the score at 20 against Bowlegs before losing in overtime. The Tigers, now 0-2, host Destiny Christian on Friday.
Pocola lost at Poteau’s JV, 21-13, on Thursday. The Indians get their home opener on Friday with Quinton.