“I've heard from a lot of alums who played in this game and they've all told me how big it is,” Dantzler said. “I've got four or five coaches on the staff who have been a part of this rivalry, and everybody's excited. The teachers and staff at the school are upbeat, and everybody in the community is talking about this.”
This is Dantzler's first head football job, but he is a proven winner. He coached the John Marshall boys to back-to-back state track championships before joining Darrell Hall's staff at Washington a year ago.
Hall, now the Midwest City coach, deserves a little credit for renewing the rivalry, entering into talks with Douglass coach Willis Alexander when Hall got the Washington job in 2010.
Hall knows all about rivalries with Douglass, having coached at Star Spencer. His last game with the Bobcats was a victory over Douglass in the Class 4A state title game in 2009.
Alexander, however, was one of the driving forces in bringing the rivalry back.
“When I came back to Douglass, one of my goals was to make sure we got to play that game again,” he said. “It was one of those things I felt like we had to do. It was something we needed.”