TULSA — Douglass coach Stanford White had no intentions of ending his team's annual rivalry with Tulsa Washington after 2001. But the decision wasn't left up to him.
Washington administration made the call, unknown to Douglass officials, replacing the Trojans on the schedule with Van Buren (Ark.) High School. That series lasted only two seasons, but the Douglass-Tulsa Washington rivalry has been dormant for a decade now.
It reignites Friday night at Tulsa Washington, and decision-makers on both sides want to see it continue for the foreseeable future.
Though some of the early records are difficult to verify, best accounts show Tulsa Washington leading the all-time series 52-22-3, and until the last 10 years, the game hardly missed a meeting.
The teams were scheduled to play each other every year from 1934-2001. The 1936 game was canceled because of a polio outbreak, and the 2001 meeting — like all other games that week — was called off after the Sept. 11 attacks.
They only met in the playoffs once, that a 16-15 Washington win in the 2002 Class 5A semifinals at Tulsa University's Skelly Stadium. The Hornets lost to Guthrie in the finals a week later.
First-year Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler is a native of Monroe, La., but he quickly learned just how big this game is.