MIAMI — To say that Saturday’s Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game was wild might be an understatement.
The Green’s 53-40 win over the Gold produced the most points in the game’s history, which dates back to 1973.
The previous high was 86 in 1982, when the West outslugged the East 54-32.
It’s also the most points in a game since it was moved to Miami in 2003.
The teams combined for 1,055 yards in total offense.
The Green had 265 yards and six touchdowns on 38 rushing plays and 295 yards and two scores on 10 of 20 passing.
The Gold wasn’t too far behind with 495 total: 29-49 and one TD rushing and 26-50-3, 446 yards and four touchdowns.
“We had to score. The Gold team just wouldn’t go away,” said Spencer Boese of Corn Bible Academy, the most valuable offensive player for the Green.
“They kept fighting, so we just had to keep fighting and get another score, keep scoring,” said Boese, who was playing his last football game.
He’s going to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where the only hitting he will do is the books.
Boese had a game-high 10-123 yards and three touchdowns, including a key 26-yard run with 42 seconds remaining to put the game away.
He also had a 47-yard run 10 seconds into the second half and a 9-yard run with 7:47 remaining.
“I had some incredible blocks,” Boese said. “Everyone stepped up at the end.”
The Gold rallied from a 33-16 deficit to narrow the gap to 47-40 with 1:49 left.
But the 28-yard romp by Boese broke the Gold’s back.
I think us coming out in the second half and scoring really set the tone. “Defensively we had some problems every now and then, but we overcame them and took control of the game, said Drukota Williams of Waukomis, the Green defensive MVP.
“Simple football prevailed,” said Green coach James Worley of Davenport. “Our kids settled down and put the ball in the hole. That’s what you tell them: just play football and beat the other guy.
“I’m a pretty calm guy. I stay in the middle. Try to not get to high and try to not get too low. If we believe it and are smart, you will believe it in the beginning and will believe it in the end.
“We told the guys we weren’t changing anything,” said Green coach James Worley of Davenport. “We ran a lot of the same plays. Is anything broken guys? Nope. Let’s go.”
Gold coach David Kerr of Pond Creek Hunter felt a series of plays right before the half may have been the key to the game.
The Gold used a long pass play to reach the 3-yard line, but was unable to convert.
However, on the next play, Johnathan Winn of Wetumka teamed with Weleetka’s David Dye on an 82-yard catch-and-run with 25 seconds left that gave the Green a 19-8 edge.
“Right before half was what killed us,” Kerr said. “We get tripped up on the long pass play and don’t punch it in there, then they come back and score right before half. That’s a two-touchdown swing right there, and ultimately probably made a difference in the ballgame when you come down to it, really.
“That was a big scenario right before halftime.”