WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The 79th Oil Bowl Classic is set for Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
With just three days of practice this year, both coaches and players have had to work quickly to put together game plans that blend together styles of about thirty different players and five or six coaches on each team.
After all, the biggest key to making sure each player is able to shine on Saturday night is to make sure they know what they're doing when a play is called. The good news is, with the proliferation of spread offenses, most of these kids and coaches ran similar plays at their schools. The bad news is, many of them call them by different names.
Holliday coach Frank Johnson, serving as defensive coordinator for the West team, talked about that problem on Wednesday.
Hear from him by clicking on the video link above!
This year's edition of the Oil Bowl will be the most Texoma-flavored yet. A total of 32 players who played some or all of their high school careers in the area will be taking the field, while many of the coaches coach or have coached in the area.
Traditionally, this game has been a Texas-versus-Oklahoma matchup, but the change of format hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of local players about being chosen to play in this showcase.
Click on the video link to the right to hear from Henrietta's Cody Fletcher and Riley Watson, who will join their former Bearcat teammate Logan Carter, and head coach Byron West, on the East team!
There will be a 7-on-7 football tournament being held on Saturday in conjunction with the Oil Bowl Classic. Pool play games will start at 8 a.m. at City View High School's Veterans Field, with two fields set up there.
Teams from Rider (Varsity and JV), Hirschi, City View, Iowa Park, Vernon, Petrolia and Frederick, Oklahoma will be taking part in the tournament.
Bracket play will begin at noon, with the semifinals set for about 2 p.m. The Championship game will move to Memorial Stadium, with a 5 p.m. start time.