MIAMI — Everyone, even those on the losing side, had fun at the 45th annual Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star football game Saturday, June 17, at Red Robertson Field.
The game set records for most points (93) and total yards (1,055).
The point total wasn’t a Robertson Field record.
Ironically, that came in another eight-man game, where Bluejacket pounded Welch 78-34 in the 2014 opener.
“You have to give them credit. It was a fun game to watch,” said Gold coach David Kerr of Pond Creek Hunter. “I am sure the fans got their money’s worth tonight, and that’s what all-star games are about: kids playing well and showing what they can do.”
The Green led only 7-0 after one quarter, 19-8 at the break and 33-16 heading into the final stanza.
Things got crazy after that.
There were six touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including five in the last 2:42.
A 22-yard pass from Joshua Chirchir of Tyrone to Tanner Kyle Hurst of Tyrone and the ensuing conversion pass from Hurst to William Slater of Tyrone with 1:49 remaining pulled the Gold back to within a touchdown.
An onside kick by the Gold was recovered by the Green and five plays later, Spence Boese of Corn Bible Academy took off on a 28-yard touchdown run that put the game away.
Boese was named the Green’s offensive MVP.
“Both offenses were pretty powerful and sometimes both defenses get more worried about the run then we throw it over them or they throw it over us,” Green coach Johnie Loggins of Sasakwa said. “In a short week like this, you can’t adjust to a lot of stuff on the run. We tried to rotate kids in and out of there so we could get stuff covered. But that stuff happens.”
The Green accumulated 560 yards in total offense — 265 rushing (with six TDs) and 296 passing.
The Gold had only 49 yards rushing, but
Derek Halcomb of Pond Creek-Hunter, Hurst, Kody Hilbert of Depew and Kash Bodkin of Maud combined for 26 completions and 446 yards.
“It was an exciting ballgame,” said Mike Thompson, OEMFCA executive director. “Not to take anything away from either defense, because both of those offenses were pretty high powered.
“It was a great ballgame. That is why people drive three and four hours to watch their kids play.”
In addition to Boese, other MVPs in the game were Drukota Williams, Green defense; Trey Williams of Laverne, Gold offense, and Jevan Overton of Pond Creek Hunter, Gold defense.”
“We recognized four young people that played excellent in the ballgame,” Thompson said. “If you play the ballgame again, it might be four different people.” Thompson said.
The win gave the Green an 8-5 advantage since the game was switched to the current format in 2005.
“It was a great crowd and a great job of hosting by NEO College, Amanda (Davis) and those at the CVB and the (organizing) group. You have good help,” Thompson said. “We always love playing here at Red Robertson Field. Everything is first class. I’ve had people who said ‘I was an eight-man person years ago and I would love to get involved in things.’ That’s what we’re all about.”