The Ada visit a year ago found Alexander still aglow over the new digs. The Cougars and fans found the new stadium to be state of the art, seating close to 7,500. The visitor stands are almost a mirror image of the home stands.
The new version of Moses F. Miller Stadium has the seating to handle the large Douglass fan base. In fact, few prep stadiums in the state have a better home field advantage, due to the combination of a highly motivated crowd and great teams.
A year ago, the Trojans were 20-3 at home since the new stadium opened, with nine straight wins on the home field. When the Cougars left, they were 20-4.
Like a year ago, the winner this year will be the district champ and the loser the runner-up. Both will host first-round playoff games, with the rest of the pack free to feed on third and fourth.
2004: Round I
During construction on the new stadium, for two years and the bulk of a third, Douglass played home games at venerable Taft Stadium, including a 2004, 35-0 loss to Ada in the first-ever meeting of the schools.
It was also the first year without White, who announced his retirement over the summer. After 27 years at the head of the program — 176 wins, a state championship, 14 consecutive years in the playoffs, dozens of players to college and several to the pros— former player and longtime assistant Alonzo Shipp was promoted to head coach.
The semifinals-bound Cougars were a buzzsaw, with Kerry Johnson in his third year at QB.
2005: At Norris I
Under Shipp, the Trojans evened the fledgling Ada-Douglass series at 1-1 the following year at Norris Field in a 22-21 thriller. Ada had a comfortable lead at the half, 21-6, and seemingly put the game on cruise control under sophomore QB Michael Roberts. Douglass then laid down the law, so to speak: Shawn Law Jr. The 6-0, 180-pounder put the pedal to the metal in one of the most impressive performances by the enemy at Norris Field in a bunch of years — 218 yards rushing and two TDs.