Track meet breaks out among defensive teamsAll season, the Star Spencer and Douglass defenses were dominant. But not against each other. In a game featuring two of the top defensive units, it was the offense that stood out in a Star Spencer’s 34-21 victory against Douglass in the Class 4A state championship at Boone Pickens Stadium. "I didn’t think it was going to be that way at all,” Star assistant coach Rashaun Woods said. "I thought 20 points was going to win this one.” But there were signs that this was coming as Douglass beat Star 34-28 in the regular season. The teams combined for nearly 500 rushing yards Saturday as Douglass’ Quinton Neil and Aliston Cobb each rushed for more than 100 yards, as did Star’s Terence Olds. "There is a lot of talent on both teams, so I figured there would be scoring,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said. "I just didn’t think we would score that fast.”
Alexander reflects on seasonDouglass’ Alexander said in time he’ll look back and remember what a special night it was for the school and his kids. "It’s going to take a while. Right now, my thoughts are with those kids,” Alexander said. "I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. They gave their best effort.” The departing seniors were a part of a 1-9 Douglass team when they were freshmen. This was the Trojans’ first championship appearance since 1992.
Star makes most of opportunitiesDouglass ran 28 more plays (62-34) than Star Spencer, but the Bobcats were able to capitalize on a couple of turnovers to negate the disadvantage. In the Trojans’ three previous losses, turnovers were what hurt the team most. One stands out in particular Saturday night as Douglass lost a fumble late in the first half that led to Star’s fourth touchdown of the half in the final minute to give the Bobcats a 26-21 lead.
Homecoming for WoodsIt was a different feeling for Rashaun Woods as the Star Spencer assistant returned to the stadium where he made numerous big plays for OSU. "It’s a tremendous feeling to come back here and be a part of everything again,” Woods said. "This is a historic day for Star Spencer, and I’m just glad for all these kids.” Woods joined the team as the offensive coordinator this season. By Robert Przybylo