Aaron Colen, Sports Editor, Aaron.Colen@chickashanews.com
LAWTON, Okla. — CORRECTION: Chickasha's Oct. 12 game against Ardmore will be played at Memorial Stadium in Chickasha at 7:30 p.m.
The Chickasha High School football team couldn’t get stops Friday night against Lawton MacArthur at Cameron Stadium, and was out of the game very early on against the Highlanders.
The Fightin’ Chicks lost 44-18 to Lawton MacArthur, and drop to 3-3 this season and 1-2 in district play. MacArthur is now 4-2, 2-1 in the district.
Chickasha actually led early in the game, scoring on a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cade Morris to wide receiver Deshawn Young on a play when two Highlanders defenders got tangled up with each other. The Fightin’ Chicks led 6-3 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.
After that, MacArthur ran away with it, scoring 27 straight points, all on pass plays. Highlanders quarterback Ricky McCarty threw for four touchdowns on 17-for-22 passing and 271 yards in the first half, and MacArthur led 30-6 at the halfway point.
The MacArthur quarterback finished with 354 yards and four touchdowns on 25-37 passing.
A majority of Chickasha’s passing yards came on the pass to Young in the first quarter. Morris finished the first half 2-for-9 with 62 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was also the leading first-half rusher with 25 yards on eight carries.
Daniel Neff ran for 24 yards on four carries. Shaq Oliver had the only other reception for Chickasha, a seven-yard catch.
Besides the touchdown, the only other highlight for Chickasha was a blocked field goal by Jacoby Brown late in the second quarter.
Brown was Chickasha’s leading tackler, and he had two sacks to go along with his 9.5 tackles. Levi Kell had six tackles, Evan Copeland had 5.5, and Terry Pena had 4.5.
Chickasha looked rejuvenated on the first drive of the third quarter. The Chicks got a good kick return by Neff, and then got three straight completions from Morris, including a big one to Oliver on a tipped ball. Neff finished the drive off with a 22-yard touchdown run.
Chickasha missed the two-point conversion, and the score was 30-12 with 10:17 left in the third quarter.
Rashaad Garrett intercepted a McCarty pass on the next drive, but Chickasha was unable to take advantage of the turnover, turning it over on downs in MacArthur territory, and MacArthur got the momentum back from then on out.
Dary’Aun Thomas returned a Chickasha punt to the three yard line late in the third quarter, and the Highlanders scored a few plays later on an Anthony Burris run, putting MacArthur up 37-12 with 2:15 left in the third quarter.
Morris threw his second interception of the game with 10:40 left in the fourth quarter, as the Chicks were driving midfield.
Burris added one more rushing touchdown for MacArthur with 3:29 remaining in the game, and the Chickasha defense had no answer for anything the Highlanders tried to do all night.
Burris finished with 26 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Neff scored on a 35-yard swing pass from Morris with 1:15 left in the game, with the contest already out of reach.
Morris had 217 yards and two touchdowns on 15-for-32 passing, with two interceptions. He rushed for 43 yards on 15 carries.
Neff was the leading rusher with 47 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
Young was the leading receiver for Chickasha, the first time this season someone besides Oliver has held that title. He had 119 yards on four catches and a touchdown. Oliver caught five passes for 60 yards, and Neff caught four for 24 yards and a touchdown
Chickasha plays Ardmore at home next Friday at 7:30 p.m.