COMMERCE - The cream of the eight-man football crop will be on display Saturday night during the 36th annual Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star football game.
This marks the second straight year the contest has been played at Commerce High School's stadium.
The previous four years had been played at NEO's Robertson Field.but it was moved here last year out of necessity - the Northeastern A&M campus and Robertson Field in particular were reeling from damage caused by the July 4 flooding.
Pre-game ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7 p.m.
Todd Graham, who led the University of Tulsa to a 10-4 record and a victory in the GMAC Bowl in his first season, will be the guest speaker at tonight's awards banquet at NEO's Carter Student Union ballroom.
The banquet starts at 7 p.m.
The top offensive and defensive players in Classes B and C will be honored and 10 scholarships will be presented.
Another highlight of the banquet will be the installation of Richard Grady as the 24th member of the OEMFCA's hall of fame.
Grady was executive director of the OEMFCA from 1999-2005.
He helped orchestrate the move of the all-star game from Alva to Miami in 2003 and initiated the first eight-man state powerlifting meet.
Grady will also be recognized during the game.
Quarterback Brandon Postoak of Allen scored two touchdowns rushing, threw for another and accounted for 161 yards as the Green chalked up a 42-26 victory in last year's game.
Postoak also completed one pass for an 18-yard score that helped the Green stars open up a 28-14 advantage.
The win gave the Green a 2-1 edge in the rivalry.
The first 21 years, it was an East vs. West format.
Then from 1994 to 2004, it was Class B vs. Class C.
Postoak had TD runs of 24 and 80 yards in the first half. He wound up with 143 yards on nine carries.
For this year's game, the Green roster is stocked with players from the even-numbered districts in Oklahoma's two eight-man classes.
The Gold squad has players from the odd-numbered districts.
Players from both state championship teams - Morrison and Shattuck - are on the Green squad.
Kyle Bentley and Blake Holley helped Shattuck win a fifth straight Class C crown while Ricky Holba was a one-man wrecking crew with Class B champ Morrison.
Holba accounted for 320 of Morrison's 715 points during a 14-0 season in 2007. He rushed for 1,828 yards on only 108 attempts while scoring 40 TDs.
Bentley accounted for 791 total yards for the Indians, 565 rushing and 226 receiving, with 13 TDs. Holley caught 19 passes for 389 yards and nine touchdowns.
Medford's Trevor Kretchmar completed 91 of 163 passes for 2,060 yards and 29 scores. He also ran for 630 yards and 14 touchdowns.
However, the Gold team counters with the leading rusher in each class - Craig Richards of Maud and Mountain View-Gotebo's Thomas Madden.
Madden had 1,872 yards and 28 touchdowns, seventh best statewide according to The Oklahoman.
Richards wound up with 1,646 yards and 19 scores.
Also on the Gold roster is Eddie Brown of Temple, who rushed for 1,502 yards and 24 TDs.
Justin Fulton of Bluejacket will be playing for the Gold.