After spending more than three months always looking ahead to the next game, the Fighitin' Chicks finally got an evening to reminisce a season with plenty to be happy about.
A touchdown run by senior Josh Latham in the final minutes of the game against Duncan secured Chickasha its first playoff spot since 2006. It was appropriate, then, that Latham be handed the Player of the Year award at the Chickasha Football Banquet Monday night for providing so much to that achievement and for his 601 yards rushing off 106 carries this year.
Latham was one of seven seniors honored with awards that night as the program bid a heart-felt goodbye to the players who had spent three years under head coach Tom Cobble toiling away to return the Fightin' Chicks to post-season football.
"Two years ago, I said we must build a winning program before we can win games," Cobble said. "These seniors have done an incredible job. Building a football program takes commitment, you have to do a good job in the classroom, and you have to be a good citizen in your community. These guys could have folded their tents. For them, it was always about looking forward to the next game."
All of the Chickasha football players were honored for their part in a 5-6 (3-4) season at the ceremony in the Banquet Hall of the USAO Student Center. Traditionally seniors are the only ones that receive specific awards, and that's how it remained with some of the big names of the season garnering special recognition.
Quarterback Cade Morris, who spent an entire season free of injury until the final moments of the final game against Duncan, was given the Offensive Player of the Year award. He earned it mostly with his legs, racking up 860 rushing yards off 173 carries.