STILLWATER — It wasn’t too long ago a team could schedule Douglass and assume an automatic win. In fact, this year’s senior class was a part of a team that was 1-9 just three years ago.
Douglass has made tremendous strides, but it fell short of the ultimate goal. Star Spencer avenged a regular-season loss and defeated Douglass 34-21 in the Class 4A state championship Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium. It is the first state championship for the Bobcats. "I’m proud of my kids. Four years ago nobody would have thought this was possible,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said. "We’ve come a long way, but there is still work to be done.” Quinton Neil and Aliston Cobb each rushed for more than 100 yards, with Neil leading all rushers with 178 yards. Cobb finished with 135 and a touchdown. But Star put the clamps on Douglass in the second half. Douglass had no answer for Star Spencer’s Darwin Rideau and Terence Olds. "No, no there is not,” Star Spencer’s Joseph Christian said when asked if there was a better one-two tandem in the state than Rideau and Olds. Alexander soaked it in and watched as Star accepted the gold ball.