ELGIN — The Fightin’ Chicks had to fight through the cold and the rain, but they managed to escape Elgin with a victory Friday.
After being stopped on fourth down in the red zone twice in the first half, Chickasha converted multiple fourth downs on its game-winning touchdown drive in a 15-8 win over the Elgin Owls in Elgin. Chickasha moved to 4-4 on the season and 2-3 in District 4A-1, ending its losing streak in the process.
Austin Albright’s legs helped keep the Chickasha offense moving throughout the game, but it was his arm that proved to be the difference in the end. With Chickasha trailing 8-7 in the fourth quarter, Albright found Harrison Funderburk for a 13-yard score to give the Chicks the lead for good.
Chickasha then went for two and grabbed a 15-8 lead.
Before Chickasha’s touchdown, the Chicks faced three fourth downs on the drive. An Albright run and Jordan Jackson catch gave Chickasha first downs on two of the attempts. On the third fourth down of the drive, Chickasha got help from the Elgin defense.
On the ground, Albright ran for more than 100 yards in the victory. He also made a tough catch in the third quarter.
Despite moving the ball well in the first half, Chickasha went to halftime trailing 8-7. Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter to give Chickasha the lead.
Trailing 7-0, Elgin was finally able to get on the board with just a few seconds remaining in the first half. Elgin scored on a short touchdown run, and the Owls grabbed an 8-7 advantage right before halftime.
But other than that drive, the Chickasha defense stepped up throughout the night. Elgin had good field position on multiple possessions after Chickasha’s touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Chickasha was able to come up with a stop each time.
A late interception gave the Owls life and forced the Chickasha defense to have to come up with another stop. The defense stood tall once again, and Chickasha was able to pick up the victory.
Chickasha and Elgin are now both 2-3 in 4A-1, and Chickasha has the head-to-head advantage.
District points could be in play as a tiebreaker for playoff positioning. Chickasha earned seven district points with the win over Elgin and now sits at minus 15 district points on the season.
The Fightin’ Chicks host Clinton on Friday.