A back and forth contest ended with a 28-21 win on a night when Cade Morris was the go-to guy for the Fightin’ Chicks with over 100 yards of rushing and a hand in every touchdown.
The Chickasha defense also played a big role on the night, making crucial stops and some big sacks.
The duo of quarterback Karson Baker and running back Cal Baker created some problems early on for Chickasha. With a few screen passes thrown in, the Indians put together a 14 play drive and eventually set up the running back Baker for a two yard run in for the first touchdown of the night just six minutes into the game. Cal Baker would later go down injured in the second quarter and did not return.
Chickasha was close to answering on the following drive. Running back Josh Latham broke off a couple of big runs, including a 36-yard jaunt into Indian territory. Unfortunately for the Chicks, their drive stalled inside the El Reno 10 and it was turned over on downs.
They got another chance in the second quarter to even things up. Tresjon Davis made his first stamp on the game with a 12 yard catch and a 16-yard run to put Chickasha in the red zone once again. A pass from Morris to Lindbergh Carey on third down was just out of the wide receiver’s reach and another drop on fourth down meant two red zone trips with nothing to show for it.
Linebacker T.J. Filer made a few crucial stops for Chickasha to keep El Reno from moving on the next drive. Not only was he part of a big sack on Baker for a six yard loss, but he then tipped a pass to force the Indians to punt from deep and set up a short field for the Fightin’ Chicks.
After some long runs by Morris, the quarterback went to his arm to tie things up. Morris found Carey for a 19-yard touchdown pass that made the score 7-7 with 3:45 to go before halftime.
Morris was a big part of the touchdown that gave Chickasha the lead, but in an unusual role for a quarterback. On the El Reno punt, Morris was the return man, found a lane down the right, and the field opened up for him to go all the way to the house and put Chickasha up 14-7 heading into halftime.
An interception on Chickasha’s opening drive quickly gave the ball back to El Reno. After holding them steady for a few plays, Bailey Denny caught Baker’s pass after the play-action and went all of 53 yards to the end zone. With 7:30 left in the third quarter, the Indians had it all tied up at 14-14.
It was a defensive battle for the rest of the third, with Chickasha making some big stops against the Indians on a drive that took up the final five minutes of the quarter. To begin the fourth, Filer dropped Baker for a big loss on fourth down to set up the home team for a go-ahead score.
It didn’t take long. On the first play, Morris broke off a 55 yard touchdown run to give Chickasha a 21-14 lead with most of the fourth quarter still to be played. The run also took Morris to more than 100 yards on the ground for the night.
But as quickly as the lead came, it went away just the same. After holding Chickasha, Denny returned the punt for El Reno 50 yards for the equalizing touchdown. That made the score 21-21 with 7:50 to play.
Back came Chickasha with some great plays from Morris. A 35 yard pass to Kyle McNatt set the Fightin’ Chicks up in El Reno territory, followed by a 15-yard run from Morris. He capped it off with another 9-yard sprint, this time into the end zone to give Chickasha a late seven-point lead.