At the start of the 2010 season, the Douglass Trojans were full of disappointment that had turned into motivation after getting beat in the state championship game the season before.
After winning the title last December, Douglass coach Willis Alexander worried that the motivation would wane. But he hasn't seen any signs of it so far.
“At first, I thought when we achieved the goal of winning a state championship, it really concerned me,” Alexander said. “But the kids wanted to get right back to work. It wasn't hard to motivate them and keep them motivated.
“They couldn't wait to get to spring practice, to get back into football mode.”
Still, Alexander offered the players some motivational goals.
“What's gonna be your mark when you leave here? What are you gonna be able to say?” Alexander asked them. “This senior class has a chance to be the winningest class in school history over a four-year cycle. They've averaged 10 wins a year since they've been here.”
Another motivational tool was the opportunity to play on national television in the Kirk Herbstreit Kickoff Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Trojans will face DeSoto (Texas) High School at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 in a game broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37).
But ultimately, the desire to win another gold ball is what pushed the Trojans.
“We're not satisfied at all,” said senior lineman Diamonte McClellan. “We want to win state again, so we know we've got to get better. One isn't enough for us.”