OOLOGAH — First things first. The Gold defeated the Blue, 8-0, Friday night. Sperry quarterback Roger Goolsby scored the lone touchdown with 1:10 to play.

There were no losers, however, as the Green Country high school All-Star weekend kicked off with its 15th annual Will Rogers Lions Club football game.

More than 500 fans at the Oologah high school stadium watched 48 area graduating seniors "put on the pads for one more time." While several of the players will be playing on the college level in the fall, most were suiting up for the final time.

All were having a good time.

The Gold roster featured players from Oologah, Coweta, Nowata, Oklahoma Union, Owasso, Skiatook, Sperry and Wagoner. A nine-member coaching staff was headed by Coweta's Trandy Birch. Among the nine were Oologah's Bryan Barnes, Sonny Schovanek, Brent Payne and Steven Dyer.

On the opposite side of the field where the Blue roster lined up, Catoosa, Chelsea, Claremore, Foyil, Sequoyah, Verdigris, White Oak and Lincoln Christian of Tulsa were represented. They were coached by Sequoyah’s Jody Iams, Catoosa’s Greg Whiteley and Foyil’s Trent Worley.

Each team held three practices prior to Friday night.

Despite the hard hitting, everybody seemed to be relaxed and enjoying the experience.

Among some of those experiences:

Following Oologah Boy Scout Troop 199’s presentation of the colors for The Star-Spangled Banner, performed by Sadie Gaylord on the alto-saxaphone, the Gold won the toss and elected to kick off with the wind. The temperature was in the high 80s to start, but a constant wind out of the South kept the heat to a bearable level. Being on the East side line, the Blue spent the first half looking into the setting sun. ...

Special rule changes for the game meant teams could not rush the punter, or return the punt. Kickoff returns were allowed, but only the opening kick was returned. Blue kicker Aaron Hill of Sequoyah boomed the second-half kick into the end zone where it was downed. He also attempted a 53-yard field goal that fell just short. ...

Early in the first half, Coweta's Jamel Walker injured a shoulder and did not return. An All-State wrestler who is headed to Northeastern State, Walker said despite the injury, he was glad he had the opportunity to play in the game. ...

Verdigris' Graig Olson brought fans to their feet twice in a matter of three plays as he picked up key yardage with a run and pass catch.

"My brother Shane played in this game a few years ago and I'm trying to keep up with him. We both feel this (playing in game) is a big honor," said Olson, headed to Pittsburg (Kansas) State to play football. "And maybe track if I have the time." ...

Chelsea's Phil Bible, the smallest player at 5-7 and 125 pounds, came up with the game's only fumble. "The ball looked real big lying on the ground," he said. ...

Jamie Haines wore No. 5 for Catoosa. He had No. 40 Friday. "I am wearing it to honor my uncle. I am named after my Dad's brother and I was able to get this jersey tonight," he said.

Catoosa fans still talk about the first Jamie Haines, All-State running back from the 1970s. ...

The Williams brothers of Claremore, Zane and Steffon, were on hand with a vacation trip to Orlando coming up. It was all football Friday. "This is a lot of fun, and there's some serious hitting going on," Zane said. ...

Having as much fun as the players were four "cheerleaders" from Catoosa. Brett Gray (a state wrestling champ), Trent Hinds, Levi Brown and Taylor "Chainsaw" Mott were busy pepping up their buddies. Three other non-players were working. Oologah juniors Justin Dorsey kept the down marker, Brady Begley and Derek Malloy ran the chains.

Talking about his touchdown, Goolsby said, "I knew as soon as I cleared the linebacker I was going to score. Both our fullback and running back led with great blocks."...