COMMERCE - Overtime was the last thing defensive MVP Brandon Perkins wanted in Saturday night's Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game.
So his Gold offensive teammates took care of things.
A 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Bowles to Rodney Robinson of Grandfield with 2:29 remaining provided the margin of difference in the Gold's 12-6 victory here.
"We didn't want overtime," Perkins said. "I was tired. I was glad we didn't have to go overtime. I did some running before this week, but not much."
Perkins, who played for Commerce native Jimmy Dushane at Fox, had eight solo tackles and five assists.
"Everybody made mistakes, but we got the breaks," said Perkins, who will attend East Central at Ada starting next month. "We knew we just had to make tackles and not get burnt."
This marked the first time in the game's 36 years that it had been scoreless heading into the fourth quarter.
It also was the lowest score in the game since the East pulled out an 8-7 decision in 1991, when it was played at Alva.
The East had also claimed a 6-0 decision the year before.
There have been two ties in the series: 6-6 in 1975 and 12-12 in 1985.
Robinson had three catches for 55 yards and the game-winning score for the Gold - all three coming on the final drive.
"I was confident I would catch it," Robinson said. "I wanted to make it happen. Coach Dushane told me they would get me in there, and they did."
Robinson, who missed on three other chances earlier in the game, reeled in an 8-yard pass on a critical fourth-and-6 play during the scoring drive.
Just one play earlier, the Gold had been flagged for procedure.
"We were going to run quarterback sneak behind the motion," Spurlock said. "When we got the false start, we knew it would going to be a little longer, so we did the same thing, put the motion out and ran what we call the tight end dump to Rodney. He made a great catch in traffic. Bowles threaded the needle."
Robinson also netted 30 yards on a catch that moved the ball to the Green 17, then reeled in a slant pass from Bowles' over the middle on a third-and-3 play to get the crucial score.
"We had run it earlier in the game and wound up dropping a pass that was thrown a little bit behind Rodney," Spurlock said. "We felt if that had been a better pass, it probably would have gone for a touchdown. I kept thinking I would go back to it. That seemed like a really good place for it."
"It took time for everyone to come together," said Robinson, who is heading to Cameron to play baseball. "We just started working harder as a team. It was just teamwork."
After battling to the scoreless draw into the fourth quarter, the first two touchdowns of the game came in the span of about three minutes.
The Gold struck first, with Zac Beloncik of Davenport snagging a 4-yard pass from Thackerville's Newt Langston with 10:44 remaining. Langston teamed with Ace Erickson of Tipton on the conversion - but it was wiped out by a procedure call.
Langston's next attempt was intercepted by Medford's Matt Lebeda.
Ten plays later, the Green got the equalizer, a 14-yard run by Ethan Olson of Timberlake with 7:50 to play.
Trevor Kimmell of Pond Creek-Hunter caught the conversion pass from Seth King of Laverne, but was out of bounds.
"When we held them on the extra point, leaving it tied up 6-6, we knew we might get one more shot to go down and score," said Brad Spurlock, who called the offense along with Dushane. "To our credit Bowles and the Robinson kid were able to hook up on that one big, big fourth-down play, the long pass and then the touchdown pass.
"If those guys don't get that done, if we don't get blocking from the Haake kid (Daniel Haake of Cashion) and from Rudy - I don't even know how to say his last name (Rudy Ahdokobo of Mountain View-Gotebo) - and the kid from Davenport (Russell Williams), the center. Those kids did great job. It's hard as a line to get it together in just a couple of days. These kids are here for a reason, because they are good athletes and they are good students. Their parents should be very proud of them - this was a great bunch of kids."