Former Welch assistant coach Rob Carroll was so moved by pictures and accounts of the flooding in Miami that he did something about it.
“David Zachary, executive director of the Oklahoma Eight-Man Football Coaches Association, put on the message board that Miami needed some help. We had no clue how bad it was until we got on the Web site (www.miaminewsrecord.com) and saw the pictures. We were just speechless. We really were.
“The idea came up where the coaches could bring some stuff up, Carroll said. “This way, we could pay back the community a little bit for their involvement for what they've done the last few years having the eight-man all-star game here.
Carroll organized a drive to collect water, baby formula, food and clothing at Agra, where he is now head coach. Agra is 13 miles north of Chandler.
In just over a week, he came up with enough items to fill a stock trailer. He made the rounds Wednesday, dropping the stuff off at various agencies.
“The community just chipped in and stuff kept on coming and kept on coming, Carroll said. “I thought I could just bring it over in my truck, but realized I had a lot more than would fit in the back of my truck.
He got permission from the school to use a stock trailers.
“It's just a little bit, but everything will help, Carroll said.
The flooding left uncertainty among OEMFCA members whether the game could be played since the bulk of the activities took place on the Northeastern A&M campus - which was one of the hardest hit areas.
“Everybody wasn't sure (if the game would be played), Carroll said. “After seeing the pictures, we wondered was it going to be cancelled?' We didn't know.
We all figured it would be cancelled.
But it wasn't - the 35th edition of the game will be staged Saturday night at Commerce.
This will be the third time the game has pitted the Green (even numbered districts) against the Gold (odd numbered districts). Each side has won a game.
This will be the fifth year the contest has been played in Ottawa County. The first 30 years, it had been at Alva.
NEO's Robertson Field hosted the game the past four years.
The decision to play at Commerce was made before the flooding.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Pre-game introductions will start at 6:30 p.m.
An awards banquet will be today at 7 p.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Oklahoma State University receivers coach Gunter Brewer.
Brewer has coached 12 players who went on to have careers in the NFL, including Pro Bowler Randy Moss