Whether it was the cold weather, the Fightin' Chicks defense, or any combination of the two, Southeast had a rough Friday night.
"We had one lapse there toward the end when they scored," Chickasha head coach Tom Cobble said about his teams 49-14 win. "Other than that, I think our defensive coaches and the players did an excellent job."
Other than the scoreline, the defensive performance can also be easily judged by the exploits -- or lack thereof -- of the Spartans' main weapons. Running back Denzell Williams recorded 87 yards and a touchdown against the Fightin' Chicks, but it took him 31 attempts. He also had five of the Spartans' seven fumbles on the night.
Malik Swain, on the other hand, had a bit of an easier time. The towering wide out became a one-man recking crew as the game wore on, recording 82 yards on just nine rushing attempts. He only made it into the end zone once, and that was on a pass. It's the second week in a row in which the Fighin' Chicks defense has put up a sturdy wall.
But that wouldn't mean as much if they can't get things done on the other side of the ball. Daniel Neff provided another solid outing at running back, racking up 108 yards on 11 carries and scoring the opening touchdown on a nine-yard run.
"He's always been a great talent. Back in eighth and ninth grade, he was the main running back, so there was evidence he knew his way around the backfield," Cobble said. "He's not a real big guy, but he's strong, has great balance."
With Neff shouldering more of the running game, quarterback Cade Morris took to the air. He completed eight out of 15 pass attempts, three of them for touchdowns, on top of 84 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Montana Stonecalf was his favorite target, with three catches for 56 yards and two passing touchdowns.
Josh Latham, with his 61 yards on seven attempts and a touchdown, and Tresjon Davis, with his 41 yard touchdown catch, also got in on the action, providing for an active and dominant second half of football to see off the Spartans.
"We had a great second half," Cobble said. "The first half wasn't a thing of beauty, but we finally got ourselves turned around."
It also makes for a final week playoff scenario that is particularly friendly for Chickasha, but only if they can beat Duncan. The 35 point deficit over Southeast eclipsed the minimum target of 15, and thanks to a few other results -- most importantly Del City beating Duncan -- it leaves Chickasha well within reach of this week's opponent and fourth place in the district. A win by six points over the Demons should result in a postseason appearance, Cobble said.
"We had to have that in order to stay in striking distance of Duncan," Cobble said. "I think that game will be a knock down, drag out kind of game. We'd like a big rowdy crowd for that one."
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