COMMERCE - The football field at Commerce High School has been the site of some pretty big games over the years.
It will host another one Saturday: the Oklahoma Eight-Man Football Coaches Association all-star game.
The game had been played at Alva for 30 years and at Robertson Field on the Northeastern A&M campus for the last four.
Saturday's contest, the 35th in the rivalry, was moved prior to the devastating flooding that hit Miami.
"I came over two weeks ago, the Saturday after the main flood, and to be truthful, I didn't see how we were going to do it," OEMFCA executive director David Zachary said. "But the people of Miami have come together. The members of the committee have done a great job. I know a lot of businesses have jumped in here feet first.
“They said ‘we're going to make it happen, one way or the other.'"
Pre-game ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7 p.m.
Thanks to some last-minute shuffling, a week-long schedule that mixes work with a bowl game-like atmosphere, went on without missing a beat.
"This is a great example of a group of people with a great resiliency," Zachary said "You've been slapped in the face but get up off the canvas and get after it again."
Gunter Brewer, who coaches wide receivers at Oklahoma State University, will be the guest speaker at today's 7 p.m. awards banquet, which will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
The top offensive and defensive players in Classes B and C will be honored and a number of scholarships will be presented.
Generating 457 yards in total offense, the Green all-stars cruised to a 32-8 victory in last year's meeting.
That evened the rivalry at 1-1. The Gold had claimed a 44-34 win in the 2005 game.
That marked the first year that the current format had been adapted.
The first 21 years, it was an East vs. West format.
Then from 1994 to 2004, it was Class B vs. Class C.
The Green roster is stocked with players from the even-numbered districts in Oklahoma's two eight-man classes.
The Gold team has players from odd-numbered districts.
"I think we're going to have a real evenly matched game," Zachary said. "I always want to win, but for a game like this, I want the kids to have a great time and I don't want anyone to get hurt. This is the last game that a lot of these guys will ever play in their life.