MIAMI — Fans who like to see lots of scoring usually get their wish during the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association game.
The Green’s 53-40 win over the Gold in 2017 resulted in the most points in the game’s history, which dates back to 1973.
The 2018 game —which will mark its 16th year anniversary in Miami — will be played Saturday, June 16 at Red Robertson Field.
The previous high point total 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 from Enid in 2003.
In 11 of the games, the teams have combined for 50 or more points.
The fewest points in a game is 12 when the East and West battled to a 6-6 draw.
The game previously had been played using two different formats: East vs. West, 1973 to 1993 and Class B vs. Class C, 1994 to 2004.
There have been only two shutouts, 2016 and 2010.
The teams combined for 1,055 yards in total offense in last year’s game.
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,” Boese said.
Boese had a game-high 123 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, including a key 26-yard run with 42 seconds remaining to put the game away.
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.
Coaches will roll into Miami on Monday, June 10 and players will check in at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Practices are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and Thursday and Friday mornings.
The game will kick off at 6 p.m.
A variety of activities are planned for the players, including a picnic and swimming, a player combine, casino night at the Coleman Theatre ballroom and a hypnotist — an event that has become the highlight of the week.
The awards banquet will be held at 7 p.m. in the Calcagno Family Ballroom at NEO’s Carter Student Union.
Reservations should be made through the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (111 North Main).
Along with the CVB, sponsors are Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, Touchstone Energy, Dr. Sean O’Brian and OCO.