FFN Countdown Day 7: Poteau Pirates
Coach: Greg Werner
2012: 6-4, 3-4
Returning Starters: 7 OFF/9 DEF
Sept. 6 Durant
Sept. 13 Van Buren
Sept. 20 at Tulsa Webster
Sept. 27 at Sallisaw
Oct. 4 Stillwell
Oct. 11 at Fort Gibson
Oct. 17 Cascia Hall
Oct. 25 at Muldrow
Nov. 1 Broken Arrow
Nov. 7 at Tulsa Rogers
The Poteau Pirates took a step forward last season under first year head coach Greg Werner. The team won six games, the most since 2009.
“We are kind of going on full steam,” said Kaydon Evans. “I think we have all bought in this year again. We have new kids coming in and we are just going to have to see what happens and what this season holds.”
“There’s a lot more players out and we are a lot more disciplined,” said Jace Pitchford. “I feel like we are going to be a lot better because of that.”
Running back Roger Barcheers is back for his sophomore season. He rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns last year.
“He has a huge impact on offense, but I think people may notice a bigger difference defensively,” said Werner. “He plays safety for us and I think Rogers is as good a safety as there is in this area. I think his yardage total will be big again, but I think you will also see a lot of tackles and interceptions.”
Poteau will also lean on a veteran linebacking core to lead the defense.
“I think we can compete against some pretty good offenses,” said Cord Lawrence. “I don’t think there’s too many that can stump us.”
“It is just all about being at the right place at the right time and that’s how we are,” said Evans. “We can find the ball and get there every time. We are always there to make the play.”
The Pirate’s goal this season is to make it to the playoffs, somewhere they have not been in four years.
“We want to get back to being in the playoffs every year to winning playoff games,” said Werner. “We got a town and a community that’s dying for good football and they want to win desperately. That’s what we are here for. We want to try and give that to them.”
Poteau kicks off the 2013 season at home on Sept. 6 against Durant.