BY ADAM TROXTELL, JAKE McGUIRE and JAMES BRIGHT
GRADY COUNTY —
The first game of Chickasha’s football season was more like taking a big, oddly shaped, bitter pill and having to swallow it first thing in the morning, as rivals Anadarko showed why they are the team to beat in 3A with a 73-14 demolition job.
RJ Sink, one of Oklahoma’s top high school running backs, put on a show with 128 yards off 13 carries and two touchdowns to his name. He was almost impossible for the Chickasha defense to handle.
Anadarko began the game predictably, handing the ball off to Sink. After a few short runs, he broke through the Chickasha defense and 40 yards downfield to the Fightin Chicks’ 5 yard line. Later it was Sink again, who broke through for the opening touchdown. It was 7-0 with just over two minutes gone.
Chickasha’s defense was able to get after Sink and quarterback Brandon Pollard on Anadarko’s next drive. Lindbergh Carey, who had switched to linebacker, ran down the Warriors quarterback for a five yard loss. That forced them to try a fourth down pass that was batted down.
But Chickasha’s offense was unable to move the ball far and forced to punt. Taking over from the Chickasha 47, Sink once again ran amok and eventually in for a 12 yard touchdown to make it 13-0 with 10:49 in the second quarter.
Strong Warrior defense proved ruthless once again, and this time they helped the offense take over from the Chickasha 32. They waisted little time before wide receiver Josh Parton ran seven yards on a wrap-around rout and in for the touchdown. Another missed extra point made the score 19-0 Anadarko.
Another short field for Anadarko gave Pollard his first rushing touchdown of the game with a 21 yard run to make the score 26-0. Then, Chickasha’s offense finally got something going. A 28 yard pass to Carey on third down kept the drive alive, and a roughing the kicker call on the Chickasha punt saw some luck go the visitors’ way for once. Unfortunately that luck turned around on them, with Chickasha fumbling the ball and the Warriors taking advantage.
A six-yard pass to Leondre Head meant Pollard had his first passing touchdown of the evening and the halftime score read 33-0 Anadarko.
Chickasha was unable to do anything with the ball to start the second half, but a big punt pinned the Warriors back to their own 39. A 38 yard pass to Mykel Shaw sent Anadarko into Chickasha territory, where they capitalized on a Traymayne Wauahdooah run to take the score to 39-0.
Another Chickasha fumble gave Anadarko a short field at the opposition’s 35 yard line. Parton caught his second pass of the evening and made it to the end zone for his second touchdown of the evening. The relentless Warriors were up 45-0 with 6:22 left in the third quarter.
Morris was able to find Carey on a cross route for a 33 yard gain all the way to the Warrior three yard line. One more play and the goose egg was gone; Morris did the honors, making the score 59-7 with 10 minutes remaining.
Tigers lose first battle
Tuttle dropped their first game of the season to the Plainview Indians in a hard fought battle that came down to last two minutes.
The Tigers managed to recover a fumble, and turn it into a touchdown, making the score 14-13 in their favor at the end of 3rd quarter, but the Indians came back with a drive that yielded a touchdown of their own in the 4th quarter, shifting the tide in their favor.
Tuttle mounted a drive with a little over two minutes left in the game, but failed to come away with any points resulting in the 19-14 loss.
Tiger's Running Back Jesse Gregory had a standout performance, rushing for 93-yards in 10 carries with two touchdowns.
New quarterback Jett Jobe picked up 42-yards through the air, completing six of seven pass attempts, but failing to come away with a touchdown.
The Tigers will travel to Elk City next week.
Redskins fall to 4A Elgin
The Redskins had trouble putting points on the board this week against 4A Elgin, which led to a 21-7 loss.
"There were three times we were in the red zone and we didn't come away with points," Head Coach Tim Beard said. "We just didn't capitalize."
Despite the loss, Beard said he was impressed with what he saw from his defense.
"They're a good 4A school and we only allowed 21 points," he said. "That's a good start."
Beard said he knew the first game of the season was going to be difficult.
"We were just going up against a bigger school," he said. "We just wanted to go out and compete. That was our goal on every down."
The Redskins managed to hold their own during out-of-district games against larger schools last year, said Beard, and he believes the team will only get stronger moving forward.
"For the most part we executed our game plan, but we just couldn't come away with a win," he said.
Rush Springs will take on Riverside next week on the road.