As Nathan Wilson and Tyler Mays ran onto the field for their final high school game, they noticed a few differences from their home field in Newcastle.

The turf field was 40 yards longer and over 13 yards wider than their six-man grass football field. 
Bewteen 1,000 and 1,200 people filed into Midwestern's State University's Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, an attendance number that more than tripled the capacity at Newcastle's stadium.

“It was pretty sweet,” Wilson said. “It was probabaly one of the nicest stadiums I've played in.”

Mays and Wilson represented the East all-stars at the 2014 Division II Six-Man Coaches Association all-star game in Wichita Falls.
Nathan Wilson, number 64, played middle linebacker in his third and final all-star game of the summer.
Nathan Wilson, number 64, played middle linebacker in his third and final all-star game of the summer. (Dency McClure)
Wilson stepped in at middle linebacker and Mays played quarterback to help the East win 68-38.

Mays completed 8-of-13 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns to earn Offensive MVP honors.

During the week leading up to the game, Wilson and Mays had two-a-day practices, explored Hurricane Harbor and even met the Wichita Falls Nighthawks, a minor league football team.

“It was cool that older guys like that would play football with guys that are just coming out of high school,” Mays said. “It was quite the experience.” 

Mays and Wilson also met the players that they had seen many times on game film and had to prepare for week in and week out at Newcastle. In fact, Mays “go to guy” on the field was Milford wide reciever Eric Evans.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.