(Correction: The Talihina and Gore game is at Gore. An earlier version of the story listed the game at Talihina. We apologize for this).
The 2014 high school football regular season will be half over after Friday night’s games.
Once again, there are some big games for teams which will help decide playoff spots, positions and even district championships.
For Week 5 games, Arkoma is hosting Keota, Cave Springs is at Bokoshe, Heavener travels to Valliant, Hartshorne goes to Panama, Pocola welcomes Antlers, Spiro makes the trip to Eufaula and Talihina will try to stay undefeated at Gore.
The biggest game of the week features Poteau hosting Metro Christian. The Patriots are 3-1 and 1-0 in 4A-4 play after a win over Stilwell last week. Metro moved up to 4A this season and even before the season started, Poteau coach Greg Werner said the Patriots were one of the teams to beat.
After an 0-2 start against a rough slate, Poteau has turned the ship around, winning the last two games fairly easily over Campus, Kan. and Muldrow in the Pirates’ district opener.
Another big game will be at Eufaula with the Ironheads hosting undefeated Spiro. Eufaula is 3-1 and 1-0 in the district after last week’s 17-14 win at Heavener. The Ironheads’ lone loss was in the opener against Beggs.
Spiro is coming off a big win at home against previously undefeated Roland last week, 32-21, and a victory this week would place the Bulldogs as a favorite for the district championship.
Heavener will try and get back in the playoff race when the Wolves visit winless Valliant. Heavener is 1-3 and 0-1, but had leads in the second half the last two weeks against Muldrow and Eufaula.
Panama and Hartshorne square off in a battle between two playoff teams from last year. Panama is 3-1 and 1-0 after last week’s 14-12 win at Antlers while Hartshorne is 3-1 with its lone loss coming against Eufaula. Both teams are expected to battle for another playoff spot and chase district favorite Vian.
Pocola broke through with its first win of the season last week over Warner and begins district play with the contest against Antlers. The Bearcats are 2-2 and 0-1 with both losses coming against LeFlore County teams in Talihina and Panama.
Second-ranked Talihina will try to stay perfect when the Golden Tigers travel to play Gore. Talihina is 4-0 and 1-0 after a blowout win over Savanna last week. Gore is looking for its first win (0-4, 0-1) and opened district play with a 53-20 loss to Quinton last week.
The county’s two eight-man teams have a pair of tough games against undefeated teams. Arkoma 1-3 is hosting Keota (4-0) as the Lions are in the Top 10 in Class B and have yet to be challenged.