Several Paoli Pugs will be in Miami, Ok, for next weekend’s All-Star 8-man football game.Eighty of the top football players from across Oklahoma have been selected to participate in this game and will arrive in Miami on Tuesday, June 11 for a full schedule of activities leading up to the White vs. Green Showdown.
The game will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Red Robertson Field located at NEO A&M College. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Cost for the game is $5 for all ages.
Tickets will be available in advance at the Miami CVB (111 N Main Street) or can be purchased at the gate on the day of the game. Only OEMFCA Corporate sponsor passes are accepted at the gate.
The Pugs had a great season finishing 10-2 and a second round playoff appearance.
Those Pugs that were invited to play this weekend were:
Cache Gardner- Defensive Back/ Running Back
Honors include: 4.0 National Honor Society recipient; 8-Man All-Star Defensive Back; C-4 All-District Corner Back; and 2018 All-District Special Teams Player of the Year. He finished his career with 446 tackles including 118 in his senior campaign. Cache is the grandson of longtime local business owners of Valley Motor Bob and Vicki Gardner.
Cory Cunningham- Running Back/ Linebacker
Honors include: 8-Man All-Star Running Back; and C-4 First team All-District Running Back; He finished his career with 3918 yards and 46 touchdowns including 1885 his junior year and 1112 his senior year.
Connor Pitts- Running Back/ Safety
Honors include: 8-man All-Star Running Back; C-4 Defensive Back of the Year; He finished his career with over 1712 yards rushing including 943 in his senior year, he had 191 tackles for his career and 5 interceptions.
Jefferson Wheeler- Defensive End/ Wide Receiver
Honors include: 8-man All-Star Defensive End; C-4 First Team All-District Defensive End; In his one season at Paoli he had 160 tackles with 17 sacks.
Peyton Manning-Wide Receiver/Defensive Back: Honors include 8-Man All-Star Defensive Back; C-4 All-District Tight End; he finished with 9 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and had 110 tackles and two interceptions.
Coach Vince Fulks is one of the head coaches and Lance Sumner is an assistant at the All-Star Games.
The All-Star Game was designed to recognize and honor the finest football players throughout Oklahoma. Nearly 3,000 fans from across the state are expected to attend the game with college recruiters and scouts also in attendance.