Ultimately, it was the Douglass defense that carried the load.
â€œWhen the offense turns the ball over, we don't have a choice but to live on our defense,â€ coach Willis Alexander said of a unit that has allowed more than 18 points only once all season. â€œThe defense played well tonight. We've got to do a better job of holding onto the football if we plan on going any further.â€
Going further is definitely in the plans for a Trojan team that lost the 4A title to Star Spencer last season at Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium.
â€œAfter the first half, the coaches kept telling us we needed to turn it up, so that this wouldn't be our last game,â€ McKinney said. â€œWe want to get back to Stillwater. That's all that matters.â€
Douglass will face top-ranked Broken Bow (12-0) at an undetermined neutral site next week. The Savages beat Elgin 33-13.