Douglass thinks the experience of playing in the state championship game a year ago will help.
“Last year, the kids were in such awe of being there,” Douglass said. “I don’t think we came around until halftime. This year, we will have a much better approach and more focus.”
Springfield will release students from school three hours early Friday so they can travel to Canton. A crowd of 7,148 watched Springfield play St. Edward last season.
The Wildcats beat Cincinnati Moeller 28-24 on Friday to advance. St. Edward beat Gahanna Lincoln 31-7 in the other semifinal.
St. Edward seeks its sixth state championship and fourth under coach Tom Lombardo, who was asked Tuesday for his scouting report on Springfield.
“I remember the receivers, and they’re all back,” he said. “They’re something when you watch them on film. Then, of course, (Bryce) Schondelmyer coming in, you can see why he was the player of the year in Division VI. He’s an accurate passer and has great pocket presence and runs their system extremely well.
“On defense, their corners are back. The linebacker’s back (Jaivian Norman), who’s super quick. The D-end (Jackson Heim), who’s a sophomore now, played in the game last year and started, I think, as a freshman. They’re extremely talented, super quick off the ball, and they’ll get in your grill.
“Their numbers on offense speak for themselves. You throw for 4,500 yards and put up 40-some points a game. The numbers that their receivers have, you can see why they’re recruited the way they are. It’s quite a challenge. No question about it.”