High school football: Tension from fallout of Class 4A semifinal football game dying down

Poteau's 27-20 win in McAlester initially brought out complaints about officiating and racially charged comments from Douglass supporters, including legendary Trojans coach Stanford White.
by Scott Wright Published: December 4, 2013

The officiating crew at the game was from Tulsa, Sheakley said, and based on grades provided by coaches and the officials’ association throughout the year, it was a highly rated crew. The OSSAA used the best officials available for the 22 games played last weekend.

White was a Douglass player and assistant coach throughout much of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and early 1970s before holding the head coaching position from 1976-2003. He posted his initial comments on NewsOK.com via Facebook, attached to the game story of the Douglass loss.

“We must remember Douglass fans the game was played in a redneck part of a ‘Red’ state and the zebras were just doing what comes naturally to some of them,” he wrote. He referenced incidents that occurred both on and off the field, later adding that it “Reminds me of the ‘good old days’ when we African Americans ‘knew our place.’”

White could not be reached by The Oklahoman on Wednesday. But in an interview with KWTV, White said: “I said racism. I still think that played a part. If you go into a game as an official and you really think these kids on this one side are undisciplined and not well coached and will commit penalties, you go into the game looking for those things ... and if you look, you’ll see them.”

Alexander said of White: “Everybody is entitled to their opinion. This should be Poteau’s and Anadarko’s time. Those are two darn good teams that are gonna play for a state title, and this should be their moment.”

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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