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Berry Tramel: Star Spencer's championship game win over Douglass a night of hoping and believing

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 6, 2009 at 12:02 am •  Published: December 6, 2009

STILLWATER — Franky Jamison kept wandering around in the cold, muttering "I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it.”

But the Star Spencer quarterback wasn’t coming clean. He knows as well as anyone that belief is what it’s all about.Star Spencer beat Douglass 34-21 in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday night, giving Oklahoma City Public Schools its first football title in 14 years.

"Greatest thing ever,” said soft-speaking but hard-hitting Star Spencer linebacker Jamonte Mitchell, wiping away tears.In a class with perennial powers Weatherford, Bishop McGuinness and Glenpool, the gold trophy is going home with one of the forgottens. One of the schools with inferior facilities and little hope.

But a little hope and a lot of belief can go a long way with good athletes and committed coaches.

Jamison, a 5-foot-7 senior who ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, played receiver last season.In the spring,

Star coach Darrell Hall moved Jamison to quarterback and "told me I could lead the team to a state championship,” Jamison said. "I believed him.”

Now maybe others will believe. The kids at Northeast and Capitol Hill and John Marshall. The kids who dare not think of a state championship, since broken dreams are hard to bare.

But when the Star Spencer Bobcats can win state, why not Southeast or U.S. Grant or Northwest Classen?

"It means the world,” said Grant coach Terrell Love, who spent the previous three years on Hall’s Star staff.

Love has heard the talk that OKC schools can’t compete in football. He read The Oklahoman’s August report on OKC Public Schools football, which included some suggestions that the schools withdraw from state competition and compete only against each other.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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