That was the sign plastered in huge letters on the Oklahoma side giving encouragement to the Texas players on this warm June night. At Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, the football season unofficially kicked off at the Oil Bowl with Texas' 31-16 victory over Oklahoma.
QB Nathan Dick, committed to Arkansas, had a stellar night - starting the game off with a 30 yard pass and showed the mentality of a running back several times in lowering his shoulder and fighting for extra yards on a QB scramble.
WR Krys Buerck, committed to Baylor, had a huge first quarter catching four passes for 77 yards, and ended the game just 10 yards short of setting an Oil Bowl record. Buerck showed speed and good hands throughout the game, and he was Dick's go to receiver. For his effort, he was named the offensive MVP.
Garland ISD was well represented by North Garland and Garland stars. Garland's Dwight Hamilton had 2 INT's and was named the defensive MVP. Brian Johnson for Garland High was a last second change, and he had several important break-ups. North Garland's Jermaine Love had a WWE style entrance into the game and carried the intensity into the game with several bone-jarring hits. Hubert Anyiam caught a TD and had several big plays representing North Garland as well.
District 9-5A had a great representation as well. Coach Tom Westerberg for Allen was the offensive coordinator, and he brought some of his own. Cody Gambill was a heavy hitter in the secondary and showed his field leadership several times. Tyler O'Quin for Wylie caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Collin Zych from Plano East was the leading tackler, and his twin brother, Ryan Zych, caught several big passes as well. UNT commit JJ Johnson was great on the line. Berkner's Josh LeRibeus was solid as well.
Cedar Hill's John Jones was probably the biggest offensive lineman, and he was dominant from his right tackle position. Springtown's Logan Turner showed his maddening potential - looking brilliant on several plays and making mistakes on others. Overall, he was efficient and was able to move the offense every time he was on the field.
The Oil Bowl is probably the best all-star game, because there is a genuine dislike and a state pride for each team. For many on the Texas team, it is their last chance to represent Texas before they go off to college. For Oklahoma, little brother syndrome kicks in as many Texas players report year after year that no one talks trash like the Oklahoma players.
The official attendance was 7,800 at the game, which featured the Oil Bowl band playing all the greatest marching band songs, a drill team and several Wichita Falls area high school cheerleader squads. It is a "real" football in June. It is enough of a taste to get you through to the preseason classics in late August and early September. DFW represented the state very well in its convincing victory over Oklahoma.