The 81st annual Oil Bowl game will be underway soon with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Rider head coach Marc Bindel and Vernon head coach Matthew Hoover will be leading the all-star teams this weekend in what they hope will be an offensive outing.
In years prior, the Oil Bowl game has revolved around solid defensive performances rather than high-scoring games. In the past four years, both the East and West all-stars have been held to an average of 14 points per game, which goes to show the defensive dominance displayed on the field.
The coaches said they’re hoping to switch it up this year and have strong and steady offensive plays on both sides to keep things exciting.
“Make something be the catalyst to get something going offensively and just try and sell the kids that, you know, we’ve got to go score in this thing,” Hoover said. “And so they’ll try to pick up the offense a lot quicker.”
Not only is this game for the athletes, but for the coaches as well. This is a chance for both coaches to mold athletes from their schools just one last time on the field.
“It’s really, really hard to install an offense in really three days, and so one thing that we’re excited about and have a chance to do is get Jorge Vargas over, who’s our quarterback, and we’re going to try and run our offense.”
The past two years have resulted in the same score of 20-14 and ended in a battle in overtime. This years’ Oil Bowl game will hopefully change the tune from low-scoring games to getting in the end zone more often.