October 11, 2013

Highlanders storm to win over Chickasha

Jake McGuire
The Express-Star


Lawton-MacArthur took a winning record in district out of their contest with Chickasha Friday night, coming out on top in a shootout 56-21.

On Lawton-Mac's (4-2) opening drive of the game their high tempo offense was running the spread to perfection and made it to the Chickasha (3-3) three yard line. The Chicks defense was able to hold them to a field goal.

Chickasha was held on their opening drive and had to punt it away. The Highlanders took advantage of the momentum and scored on a 26-yard screen pass to Kehazborn West from quarterback Will Collins, followed by a successful two-point conversion to lead the Chicks 11-0. 

Fightin Chicks quarterback Cade Morris, who is known more for his running, connected to receiver Montana Stonecalf on a 32-yard pass to put the Chicks in Highlander territory on the next drive. However, the Chicks fumbled on Lawton-Mac’s 37-yard line and gave the ball back to the Highlanders, who made them pay. After recovering a fumble on their own 37 yard line, The Highlanders took the ball 63 yards to score on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Will Collins to receiver Jacques Henderson.

The Chicks looked like they were going to put a drive together after getting a few first downs, but went three and out once again and had to punt it away. Collins scrambled for 24 yards to put the Highlanders just inside the Chicks goal-line,  setting up a touchdown run on a sweep by Delon James. Chickasha’s special teams showed some fight, blocking the extra-point. 

With five minutes to go in the first half, the Fightin’ Chicks were able to gain some momentum after a 65-yard touchdown connection to receiver Taray Thomas from quarterback Cade Morris tmade the score 23-7 in favor of the Highlanders. Lawton MacArthur answered with a 65-yard touchdown drive that took four and a half minutes off the clock, making the score 29-7 at the half.

After electing to defer in the first half, Chickasha received the kick off to begin the third quarter and scored on their opening drive. A three yard touchdown run by Morris made the score 29-14, taking over seven minutes off the clock. 

But the Highlander offense started the second half just like they did the first, hitting receivers on quick screen and out routes to set up the eventual 36-yard touchdown pass from Collins to give McKnight his second touchdown reception of the night. Lawton-Mac kept a 36-14 cushion to end the third quarter.

Chickasha put together their second solid drive of the half, ending on a Cade Morris 14 yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter thanks to a costly penalty committed by the Highlanders that put the Fightin’ Chicks deep in Lawton MacArthur territory. The Chicks defense made the Highlanders punt for the first time of the night later in the fourth, but the offense was unable to take advantage and had to give it back. 

After the Highlanders drove deep into Chickasha territory, they were stopped by Cole Young who intercepted Collins' pass on the Fightin’ Chicks 10 yard line. But on the first the Highlanders for a defensive touchdown to make it a 42-21. 

Once again, Chickasha’s offense couldn’t find their stride and went three and out. On the other side of the field, the Highlander offense stayed consistent all night, scoring on two more drives, midway and later in the fourth, to seal the win.