MIAMI — Saturday’s Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game game will mark the close of the careers of all seven student-athletes who played on state championship teams.
Two are headed to Western State College in Altus while others will attend Southwestern State at Weatherford and Oklahoma State.
“Like the (NCAA) commercial says, 99 percent of these kids will go on to do something else other than football,” OEMFCA executive director Mike Thompson said during a press conference Wednesday. “This is a good example of that: great kids on both sides. We’ve got eight kids in here and none of them are going to go on and play football. All of them are state champions who will not go on to play at the next level. There is nothing wrong with that.
“We want them to be successful people and great family people.”
The game, which will be played in northeastern Oklahoma for the 15th time, kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Red Robertson Field.
Both Laverne and Tipton have taken home gold balls in three of the past five seasons.
Laverne’s other titles were in 2012 and 2013 while Tipton continued its even-year run, taking championships in 2012 and 2014.
Laverne (15-0) beat District B-1 rival Shattuck 40-34 in overtime at Alva.
Trey Allen teamed with Trey Fanning on a 15-yard TD pass on the second play of overtime.
Allen was 15 of 24 passing for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a rushing TD.
Laverne had led 22-6 at the half but at 57-yard run by Gatlin Goodson gave Shattuck the lead.
Fanning tied the game at 34 with a 17-yard run with 6:04 left in regulation.
A fourth-down run by the Indians was stopped just short of the goal line.
Tipton overcame a 14-6 deficit at the half when Semaj McBrien had a 32-yard interception return and Andrew Lechuga added a 67-yard “pick 6,” giving the Tigers a 22-14 lead in the third. It was 22-20 going into the final stanza.
Tipton got a 15-yard run from quarterback Shon-Claude Boothe with 8:07 remaining. After the conversion failed, the Tigers led 28-20.
On the first play of the ensuing drive Tyler Kerr fired a 75-yard TD pass to Blake Raynor, creating a two point margin.
Tipton fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Panthers a final shot, but Bryce Waugh sacked Kerr on consecutive plays to thwart PCH’s comeback dreams.