Poteau likely lost its opportunity to play at home in the playoffs, Spiro clinched a playoff spot and Talihina continued to roll on Friday night in Week 9 of the football season.
The Pirates lost at Fort Gibson, 35-13; Spiro edged Stigler, 34-32; Beggs dropped Heavener 44-6 (see STORY); Panama won at Liberty, 39-0; Pocola downed Wilburton, 34-19; Talihina blasted Porter, 64-7; Arkoma fell at Canadian, 26-20; and Webbers Falls outscored Bokoshe, 42-20.
Poteau had a chance to force a three-way tie for the 4A-4 lead, but Fort Gibson pulled away from the Pirates to likely clinch the district championship. The loss drops Poteau to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in district play. The Pirates host Central next week.
Barring an upset, Spiro clinched the fourth spot in 3A-8 with its win at Stigler, knocking the Panthers out of the hunt for a playoff spot. The Bulldogs improve to 6-2 overall, 3-2 in district play going into next week’s game with winless Valliant.
Panama tuned up for its big showdown with Vian with a 39-0 win at Liberty, despite playing without starting quarterback Andy Burris.
Tristan Thompson stepped in for Burris and scored three touchdowns for Panama, all in the first half. Gabe Harp added a score in the third quarter on a 40-yard run and Donald Lotchleas scored from 13-yards out early in the fourth quarter. The Razorbacks’ final touchdown came on a 60-yard fumble return by Justin Gregory.
Panama is now 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the district. The Razorbacks play at Vian on Thursday with the winner finishing second in the district and getting to play at home in the opening round of the playoffs.
Pocola improved to 3-6 and 2-3 with a 34-19 win over Wilburton. The Indians play district leader Hartshorne to close out the season next week.
Talihina rolled again on Friday, scoring 48 points in the first quarter en route to a 64-7 win at Porter. The Golden Tigers improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the district.
Savanna upset Central, 22-16, leaving the Tigers as the only undefeated team in the district. Talihina hosts Central next week.
Arkoma came close against Canadian before dropping a 26-20 decision. The loss drops the Mustangs to 1-8 overall, 0-8 in district play. Arkoma hosts Caddo in its final game of the season next week.
Bokoshe came up short in its bid to win two straight as the Tigers fell to Webbers Falls, 42-20. Bokoshe is 1-8 and 1-7 in the district. The Tigers visit Fox next week.