Everywhere he goes, Marcus Caddell runs into someone who wants to talk about Douglass football.
â€œThe barber shop, the grocery store â€” if they see you with a Douglass shirt on, they always ask, â€˜What y'all look like this year? You goin' back to state?'â€ said Caddell, a senior standout for the Trojans.
â€œIt's not just Douglass we're playing for. We're playing for the whole community. We want to make them happy.â€
Nothing would mean more than to bring that community a gold ball in next Saturday's Class 4A state championship game against Wagoner at 7 p.m. inside Boone Pickens Stadium.
But even if they fail, these Trojans have succeeded in bringing pride back to Douglass football.
In 2006, when the current class of Douglass seniors was in eighth grade, the Trojans went 1-9 and didn't win a district game.
The next season, coach Willis Alexander took over and won six games. In his second season, the Trojans went back to the playoffs for the first time since 2003. And now, they've reached the 4A title game in consecutive seasons.
Trojan pride has been restored, as well as expectations of success in orange and black.
â€œI think success breeds success,â€ Alexander said. â€œWe're at the point in our program where kids have expectations. The expectation is to come out and play at a high level, play like we coach them to play, every single snap, and things will take care of themselves.